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‘He’s the New Bill O’Reilly’: Staffers Beg Fox News to Fire ‘Untouchable’ Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson crossed a line on his Fox News show when he suggested harassing children who are wearing masks in outdoor public spaces, say several members of his staff. Current and former employees were embarrassed and outraged when Carlson urged viewers to “call child protection services” on parents whose children wear masks in public. But the Swanson Frozen Foods heir has risen to the top of the Fox News ratings race, and therefore Carlson is considered basically “untouchable” at this stage of his dubious TV career.

According to Carlson’s unhappy staff, he will never “suffer any repercussions” for his openly white nationalist comments or other statements that might lead to violence, including those he made about the children and masks.

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“He’s a good example of how much you can get away with at Fox if your ratings are high,” one current network staffer told The Daily Beast. “Aside from that, he just perpetuates the right’s catastrophe platform. They cannot win with their supposed limited government, fiscal conservatism, because not even they really believe in it. So all they do is fearmonger.”

The Anti-Defamation League had called on Carlson to be fired and advertisers to boycott his show after he endorsed the white-supremacist “Great Replacement” theory on air, but Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch defended the network’s biggest moneymaker. And advertiser boycotts won’t dent the Murdochs’ support for Carlson, because Fox doesn’t need them thanks to their loyal viewers and other cable customers who pay carriers to make sure the conservative network remains on their service.

 

Fox News staffers are frustrated their concerns aren’t taken seriously, and one current staffer says his ability to skate away from consequences reminds them of someone else who spent his time on Fox News yelling and bloviating fear into the camera.

“If Tucker left, his fans would follow him wherever he went and would turn Fox off for scorning their leader,” the current staffer said. “If Trump is the most dangerous person in the country, Tucker is a close second behind him.”

“He’s the new Bill O’Reilly,” another ex-Fox News employee stated.



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