News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch, who owns numerous conservative media outlets including Fox News through that company, was recently confronted by a fan of former Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson. That confrontation could be seen in a video clip posted online, in which the fan questions Murdoch about Tucker’s firing and Murdoch claims to have been uninvolved.
Approaching Murdoch in the clip, the Tucker fan asks, “Did you fire Tucker Carlson? Did you fire my favorite guy, Tucker Carlson? Why’d you lie, Mr. Murdoch?” Murdoch, for his part, responded by saying, “I didn’t do it.”
So who did fire Tucker and why? According to Tucker’s biographer, the decision was made by Fox News as part of its settlement with Dominion Voting Systems. In a video posted to Twitter, he said:
“I was working closely with Tucker when he was taken off the air by Fox. And as some of you know, I was also regular on his show, and I happened to be a guest on the final episode of the show, which was on April 21st.
“I’ve also seen the monologue that Tucker planned to deliver on Monday, April 24, before his show was abruptly taken off the air. That monologue dealt with, among other things, investigations around January 6, and particularly Ray Epps, the only person captured on video, inciting people to violence at the capitol that day, and allegedly an FBI informant who still has not been arrested or charged. Ironically, a good part of the monologue also dealt with the people and forces that are trying to silence him, like AOC and others in government. It has now been reported that his firing was a condition demanded by Dominion as part of the settlement with Fox.
“Although Dominion has denied this, my sources have intimate knowledge of the situation. And they have assured me even before this news leaked, that that is in fact, the truth. If that is true, it would mean that a small group of people who have a controlling interest in Dominion have managed to silence what is arguably the most important and influential conservative voice in the country, possibly until after the next presidential election.”
Other reports indicate that the Murdoch children intend on selling Fox News and that it was Lachlan Murdoch who made the decision to fire Tucker. NBC, reporting on that, said “Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son, and Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott decided to oust Tucker Carlson from the network last Friday, according to a source close to the matter.”
Similarly, Vanity Fair reported that Tucker thinks the Murdoch kids got rid of him because they want to sell Fox News, saying:
On Monday morning, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott called Carlson and informed him he was being taken off the air, and his Fox News email account was shut off. According to a source briefed on the conversation, Carlson was stunned by his sudden ouster from his 8 p.m. show, the most watched program in cable news last month. Carlson was in the midst of negotiating the renewal of his Fox News contract through 2029, the source said. As of last week, Carlson had told people he expected the contract to be renewed.
Carlson has told people he doesn’t know why he was terminated. According to the source, 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.
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