Honestly, I’m not sure if this is a win or a loss for anyone other than Carlson (and that’s a loss, although he got a nice severance, I’m sure)… but until we know more about the whole situation, how can we know it’s a win or a loss for anyone?
While it’s true that we can’t know, I’m celebrating more than the personal humiliation and such of The Mendacious Wigged One.
His being fired so abruptly-- their most popular, money-making “personality” no less-- smells like panic to me. I think Fox News in general feels like their whole shebang is in trouble, and rightly so. I don’t KNOW that his firing is evidence of that, but I do suspect it is.
I don’t think it’s panic. They have lawyers and accountants and they’ve done the math. They’re taking a hit now because they know now they can and will be held liable for egregiously and knowingly lying. A lot of people didn’t like that Dominion settled. They wanted an official judgment from a court, or at least an admission of wrongdoing from Fox. But Fox is only motivated by money, and that settlement was a lot of money, and it’s not going to be the last one.
Which is why it actually does smell to me like panic.
If Fox “News” can make drastic changes and show in court that they’ve done so, they might be thinking that could help their case(s).
Yes, in the end it’s all about the money, but that could include losing even more if they don’t change, and don’t demonstrate that they’ve changed.
But yeah, we can’t know for sure at this point, maybe never. It’s just that for me, dumping their biggest money maker like this makes it seem like blood is flowing into the sharky water, and Fox News execs feel it sliding off the deck.
If this was about “appeasement”, in my view, they would find some producers or what not and just pin all the things Tucker said on that person or group of people, and fabricate some evidence and what not and off they go. It’d be forgotten about by this time next week. And if they wanted people to not see it, they would have put him on hiatus on saturday morning, and it would just not even mean anything.
Instead they fire him at noon EST at the beginning of the news cycle. They want people to see this. This is an execution. And its their golden goose, so it’s a panic’d decision.
I guess the thinking was that the lawsuit was a one-time expense which most investors had long since expected before now, whereas Tucker’s departure means that Fox just lost their number one source of advertising revenue and it’s not yet clear what they’re going to replace him with.
The WaPo says it’s not so much because of the lawsuit, but because Tucker talked smack about the bosses.
But it was Carlson’s comments about Fox management, as revealed in the Dominion case, that played a role in his departure from Fox, a person familiar with the company’s thinking told The Post.
“Do the executives understand how much credibility and trust we’ve lost with our audience?” Carlson wrote to a colleague in a message a day after Fox, like other media outlets, called the election for Joe Biden. It was a sentiment echoed by others at Fox in the fall of 2020, as even network officials who disbelieved Trump’s election-fraud conspiracy theories fretted that countering them strongly would alienate their conservative viewers.
In another message, Carlson referred to management with an expletive: “Those f-----s are destroying our credibility.” He later wrote: “A combination of incompetent liberals and top leadership with too much pride to back down is what’s happening.”