Wednesday evening, recently-expelled Fox News Host Tucker Carlson released a personal video where he made veiled claims that his former employer operated dishonestly.
In a two-minute monologue on Twitter, Carlson suggested that America is now a “one-party” state and said the debate over serious issues is almost non-existent.
The media host added that the left has given up “persuasion” and resorted to “force” to achieve their goals.
Carlson’s Twitter video is the first he has spoken publicly since being fired by Fox News on Monday.
Although Carlson never specifically mentions his abrupt departure from Fox News by name, he noted that when honest people tell the truth, they become more powerful, and those spreading lies to keep them silent become weaker.
While the former Fox News host never accused the network of spreading lies, his video comes after SkyNews Australia, Fox’s sister company, aired a scathing news editorial that attacked him personally.
The SkyNews anchor stated Carlson was “sacked essentially for thinking that he was bigger than Fox News” and accused him of promoting conspiracy theories.
Carlson’s last broadcast on the network was Friday. The new organization never addressed the cancellation of the highest-rated show on cable news and its host’s abrupt firing.
Carlson denounces lack of substantive debate
He began the video by saying, “Good evening.”
“One of the first things you realize, when you step outside the noise for a few days, is how many genuinely nice people there are in this country, kind and decent people, people who really care about what’s true — and a bunch of hilarious people also, a lot of those,” said Carlson.
“It’s got to be the majority of the population, even now, and that’s heartening.”
Carlson also noticed “how unbelievably stupid most debates you see on television are. They’re completely irrelevant. They mean nothing. In five years, we won’t even remember that we had them. Trust me, as someone who has participated.”
The former host then denounced the lack of substantive debate on topics of importance, including emerging science, war, civil liberties, corporate power, natural resources, and demographic change.
“When was the last time you heard a legitimate debate about any of those issues?” asked Carlson.
“It has been a long time. Debates like that are not permitted in American media.”
“Both political parties and their donors have reached consensus on what benefits them, and they actively collude to shut down any conversation about it.”
Carlson said it makes the U.S. look like a “one-party state,” which he maintains “is a depressing realization, but not permanent.”
“Our current orthodoxies won’t last. They’re brain-dead,” he continued.
“Nobody actually believes them. Hardly anyone’s life is improved by them. This moment is too inherently ridiculous to continue, and so it won’t. The people in charge know things, so they’re hysterical and aggressive. They’re afraid. They’re afraid. They have given up persuasion; they’re resorting to force.”
He continued, “But it won’t work. When honest people say what’s true calmly and without embarrassment, they become powerful. At the same time, the liars who are trying to silence them shrink. They become weaker. That’s the iron law of the universe. True things prevail. Where can you still find Americans who say true things?”
“There aren’t many places left, but there are some, and that’s enough. As long as you can hear the words, there is hope,” he concluded.
“See you soon,” Carlson signed off.
Although his show was terminated Monday, Carlson is reportedly still contracted with Fox News.
Industry insiders have speculated that his agreement with Fox likely prevents him from working for another media company while Fox still pays him.
His agreement is consistent with industry practice and likely includes non-disparagement provisions that would prevent him from criticizing Fox News in any way.