Independent journalist Kim Iverson discusses the recent shock sacking of Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Iverson says Carlson was told of his sacking just 10 minutes before he was due to go on air. Speculation is rife in the legacy media and on social media over the reason why the conservative outlet got rid of it’s star performer.
Theories advanced for the sacking include:
- a pending lawsuit from a disgruntled employee alleging bullying and harassment
- this week’s $800 million settlement between Fox News and Dominion Voting Machines over allegations the 2020 presidential election vote count was rigged
- Carlson’s anti-war stance
- Carlson’s support of Donald Trump
Iverson discounted the disgruntled employee lawsuit reason because that case was against a large number of defendants, including top executives at Fox News. ‘But if you’re going to get rid of him because of this lawsuit, you would likely have to get rid of everyone else, because Fox News is likely going to have to settle this case,’ said Iverson.
When the claims of vote counting irregularities first surfaced, Carlson was quick to denounce the vote fraud allegation until there was sufficient proof for it.
Carlson was generally anti-war, but was known to be extremely hawkish when it came to China.
Iverson concluded it was Carlson’s support of Trump which led to his removal, as well as the angle he took on the Jan 6 ‘Riots’. Obtaining possession of the full Jan 6 footage had made Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch ‘extremely queazy’, forcing the media mogul to call a meeting of executives on the Friday before the sacking to discuss Carlson’s future.
‘That leads me to the real reason why I believe Tucker Carlson was fired. I do believe it’s because of the ‘second rise’ of Trump. I do believe that the powers that be are so completely frightened at the possibility of Trump taking back the White House, that they have shown us over and over and over again that they are willing to do anything to stop that from happening… So it makes sense to me as they continue their never-ending witch hunt against Donald Trump… that they will do anything possible, including removing some of the most prominent voices who have lifted him up.’
Iverson elaborated on her theory a short time later on Twitter, posting that Murdoch wanted to ‘make Trump a non-person,’ having donated large sums of money to main rival Ron DeSantis.
“Make Trump a non person” Rupert Murdoch declared Fox News was going all in on Ron DeSantis. Murdoch is a DeSantis mega donor, gave him a book deal and insisted the network “pivot” from Trump which he admitted “given the viewers”, wouldn’t be easy. Is this why Tucker was fired?
— Kim Iversen (@KimIversenShow) April 25, 2023