It’s unclear exactly what will happen with Tucker Carlson’s new show. It is possible that Fox can sue him for his breach of contract. They may not.
As stated earlier, Carlson is an immensely popular figure. The disaffection with mainstream and traditional media is at an all time high, and the public seeks other sources of information. Tucker, unfortunately, is one such alternative source, and he has made a name for himself by establishing a stark, brassy contrast between the highly flawed networked news media of our time and his own freewheeling brand of highly editorialized information. adjacent content.
But Carlson isn’t exactly an antidote to mainstream media problems — heck, he’s a product of it. He’s also less of a journalist than a commentator, which means he’s basically a guy with a megaphone and a point of view. Whether or not you agree with these views, they can’t replace real, literal journalists digging up stories and reporting the news.
Sadly, the media that Carlson is perpetually at war with are struggling, as evidenced by the Chris Licht-related drama on CNN, the ongoing crisis at Fox, and MSNBC’s own. uneven notes. Americans clearly need a better information model than they are getting but, for the foreseeable future, they will be getting Carleson whether they like it or not.