This is the first time I’ve read an article that even outlines a compelling explanation for why Fox fired Tucker Carlson. Time account published an hour ago, doesn’t look much different from the other accounts we’ve seen in the past three days, at least at first glance. Therefore, it may seem strange that I put it in a different category. But, as far as I’ve read, at least it provides some degree of specificity to the exact chain of events and who did what when it’s different from all the earlier stories.
Earlier articles noted that there may be more damaging material in messages to Carlson and other prominent Fox figures that remained edited ahead of the trial. The gist of the Times article is that Fox’s board and key company executives didn’t know just two days before the trial what Carlson’s redacted posts were. Their content was apparently so explosive that it played a key role in not only eliminating Carlson, but in pushing Fox to settle on the first day of the trial.
They needed to complete the test in order to keep these toxic messages under wraps.
Thinking about what could have been so bad, consider that Carlson repeatedly insulted Donald Trump (not good for the Fox audience) and repeatedly called Trump’s attorney Sidney Powell and an unnamed Fox executive a swear word. So it must be really bad. Offensive remarks about women could be controlled. It wasn’t. The Times says it has not seen the actual reports, but appears to be leaving open the possibility that they were informed of their nature. A key part of their resume is that the posts “revealed [Carlson] make extremely offensive and rude remarks that go beyond the inflammatory, often racist comments of his prime time show and everything that was revealed in the run-up to the trial.”
This is reading the tea leaf. Perhaps it’s nothing. But it seems remarkable to me that they seem to pay special attention to racist comments.
The Times further writes: “One person briefed on the content of the redacted material said that one of the messages was particularly offensive, adding to the concerns of the company’s management.”
Whatever the reports said, the board first considered bringing in an outside law firm to investigate Carlson, before finally deciding they had seen enough and should fire him. The article is not entirely clear on this point, but it seems that the Murdochs may have made the final choice that Carlson had to leave.
The article mixed concerns that messages could still get out, either through media lawsuits asking a Delaware judge to remove redacted material, or in an upcoming lawsuit against Smartmatic, or as part of one of the other lawsuits the company is facing. . In addition, they seem to be afraid that there is something else besides the materials of the discovery of the Dominion. Looks like they are probably right.