The Morning Briefing: Tucker Carlson's Haters Are Going to Be Disappointed

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One of the more amusing aspects of Tucker Carlson’s unceremonious departure from Fox News is the fact that all of his leftist haters think he’ll be fading away. There has also been a lot of consternation along the same lines expressed by many of his fans. Everyone who has talked to me about it brings up Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly as examples of what they are worried about. The FNC audiences that they had when each left the network didn’t really follow them en masse.

I honestly think that the Carlson situation is different. Tucker — not Sean Hannity — has been the face of Fox News as the network has moved to the middle on a lot of things. The audience is his and not the network’s.

Matt wrote yesterday about why Carlson may have been given the boot by FNC:

Though he hasn’t said anything about this in public, Carlson believes that the network is on the verge of being sold by the Murdoch family.

“Carlson has told people he doesn’t know why he was terminated. According to the source, [Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott] refused to tell him how the decision was made; she only said that it was made ‘from above.’ Carlson has told people he believes his controversial show is being taken off the air because the Murdoch children intend to sell Fox News at some point,” Vanity Fair reports.

If that’s true, there’s a real possibility that Fox News won’t be Fox News anymore, at least not the version of it that conservatives used to watch. It’s been changing for years and Carlson has been the one constant that was reminiscent of the old FNC. He was probably going to be due for a change of scenery soon anyway.


Carlson’s star has risen so much in recent years that he can’t be canceled, not even by the once-mighty Fox News. I’ve been reassuring people since Monday that I don’t even think this is a hiccup for him.

Kurt Schlichter’s latest column at Townhall expresses the same thing in that very Schlichterian way:

Tucker Carlson is neither down nor out; he is going to come back bigger and badder than ever. All you goofy virgins who love “Star Wars” will recall that when Darth Vader sliced Obi-Wan Kenobi in two – or at least his moth-eaten cloak – Ben stopped existing in this dimension and became a superbeing who popped in for a chat whenever Luke was in trouble. Tucker’s pretty much going to do that for the movement. Though Tucker may have been tossed off his perch at Fox (or jumped – we will eventually get the details on how this denouement went down), he will land on his feet and crush the libs beneath his preppy Topsiders.

The media landscape has changed so much in just the last few years that Carslon will be writing his own ticket rather easily. People are used to paying for content à la carte now. That wasn’t the case even five years ago.

As Schlichter mentions, Tucker also has experience launching his own media company, which he did with The Daily Caller. Throwing together some money people for a new venture won’t be difficult for him.


My personal opinion — and this is merely a hunch — is that Carlson might have some payback on his mind, so he’ll be more motivated than ever before.

Whatever he does, he’ll have fun doing it. That’s what I have always liked about him. He’s serious when he needs to be but is always good for a laugh, too. He’s not pinched and dour like so many conservative television personalities. He clearly enjoys his job and isn’t afraid to be goofy once in a while. I’m greatly looking forward to watching the lefty meltdown when Tucker Carlson proves that he’s bigger than Fox News.

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