Anchor Tucker Carlson quits Fox News in wake of voter fraud scandal
U.S. anchorman Tucker Carlson has reached a mutual agreement to to leave Fox NewsFox News itself said in a statement on Monday.
“Fox News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways (…) We thank him for his service to the network as a presenter and before that as a collaborator”, this is how the network announced the departure of the emblematic presenter after his coverage of false accusations of voter fraud in the 2020 U.S. elections, in which the presenter would give a voice to the Donald Trump’s allegations of alleged voter fraud.
The anchor’s departure comes a week after Fox News settled a defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting System for $787.5 million for broadcasting election lies, CNN reports. This settlement avoided a lawsuit over alleged coverage of false allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 U.S. election.
Dominion’s main trump card in the trial, which never took place, was numerous internal messages from Fox journalists and executives making it clear that they did not believe the allegations of voter fraud that their own company was feeding to viewers. These communications, which came to light as part of the preparation of this process, included words from Carlson, who, while in his program gave space to these allegations and assured that at least some of them were credible, in parallel text messages referred to them as “absurd” and harshly criticized their promoters.
According to local media, Tucker Carson was a. key figure in Donald Trump’s rise to power.being the most influential presenter among the conservative electorate in the United States.
Carlson’s last program (‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’) aired last Friday, April 21, a program he had been in charge of since 2016. As announced by the network, a replacement program, ‘Fox News Tonight,’ will air at 8 p.m. local time until a replacement for Carlson is named. This substitute program will be hosted by a rotation of various anchors from the network.