Headline RoundupApril 25th, 2023

What Does Tucker Carlson's Surprise Exit Mean for Fox News?

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Why did Fox News (Right Bias) decide to part ways with Tucker Carlson (Right Bias)? What’s next for the cable network? Writers across the spectrum are speculating about Monday’s surprise divorce between Fox News and Carlson.

Fired? The Los Angeles Times (Lean Left Bias) cited “people familiar with the situation” to report that Carlson was ousted by Fox Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch. The report states the decision from Fox is connected to both revelations from the now-settled Dominion defamation lawsuit as well as a pending lawsuit from Carlson’s ex-producer Abby Grossberg, who alleges Carlson created a hostile and sexist work environment.

From the Left: Michelle Goldberg referenced the Los Angeles Times report to determine it “would be fitting if contempt for women is what finally derailed him.” Goldberg wrote that Carlson’s show catered “to people who despised the world that had spurned him.” His surprise departure, Goldberg concludes, signifies “it is in fact sometimes possible to shame the shameless. Once in a while, justice is delivered.”

From the Right: Jim Geraghty determined Carlson to be the “MVP” of Fox News but doubted Carlson departure will significantly hurt the channel, writing, “Fox News viewers like the particular hosts, but they love the overall tone, style, slant, and attitude of the network.” Geraghty speculated the Dominion lawsuit exacerbated a rift between the anti-establishment Carlson and the capitalist Murdoch, determining post-Dominion Fox will need “guardrails, guidelines, and clearer assurances that its on-air talent won’t stumble into some other costly defamation lawsuit.”

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