March 18, 2019
MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey
“First they Came for Tucker Carlson, then for Judge Jeanine”: Where Is the Fox News Channel Headed?
One of the few fearless and unapologetic voices remaining on Fox News is Tucker Carlson, but over the past three months he has been the subject of an intense campaign by the shrill and fanatical Left, in particular the “anti-right wing watch dog” group Media Matters, to get him off the air. And he has also earned the enmity of “establishment” conservatives, as well, including Neoconservatives (and semi-Never Trumpers) such as Ben Shapiro and National Review’s David French, who thoroughly dislike (and fear) his message of a populist, America First, and traditionalist conservatism.
Perhaps only because of his high prime time ratings Carlson remains on the air—but the attacks have been relentless, and a major attempt to have advertisers drop him has had some success.
Recall, also, that last year a frenzied radical Leftist mob attacked Tucker Carlson’s home in Washington DC: “,” November 9, 2016: http://takimag.com/article/antifa-comes-for-tucker-carlson/print#ixzz5WMfdiqug
More on this in a future installment. But for the time being I pass on some fascinating background sources:
“Revenge? Tucker Carlson Exposed Media Matters’ Smear Campaign Against Conservatives in 2012,” March 12, 2019, at:
“Tucker Carlson's remaining advertisers targeted in new call for boycott,” March 11, 2019, at:
“Tucker Carlson Routs Conservatism Inc. On Unrestrained Capitalism—and Immigration,” January 11, 2019, at:
“Tucker Carlson Claims Market Capitalism Has Undermined American Society. He's Wrong,” January 4, 2019, at:
And an excellent defense of Carlson by the superb writer Christopher De Groot:
[“Fox News Channel Pulls Justice With Judge Jeanine Pirro Show From Next Weekend’s Schedule,” March, at:
Report: Fox News Installs Meditation Room with Muslim Prayer Rugs,” May 18, 2018, at:
Fox News has its gatekeepers, and this may well signal a direction in which the network is headed. With the exception of Tucker Carlson, most real and unapologetic populist conservatives are not given air time. There are restrictive parameters at the network—racial, sexual, ethnic—which guide both reporting and punditry. Feminist conservatives, gay conservatives, Muslim conservatives are all welcome, as long as the narrative of equality for all is preserved. But cross the line, and the hammer comes down.
Here’s hoping that Carlson can survive.