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Tucker Gets Standing Ovation At First Public Appearance Since Removal

Tucker Gets Standing Ovation At First Public Appearance Since Removal

Fox News sends cease and desist letters to Media Matters and Dominion over leaked material from the newsroom and the settled litigation.

Next Monday will be two weeks since Tucker Carlson was removed as the host of this top-rated show, for reasons still unknown.

While there have been sleazy and shameful “leaks” to the NY Times misleadingly intended to make Tucker the fall-guy for the Dominion settlement, and even more leaks to Media Matters, it seems that Tucker’s stature is only rising.

The Media Matters leaks were particularly bizarre, consisting of unaired chatter between tapings, actually makes him look great, as we previously covered. The additional Media Matters footage since then was even more hysterical and favorable to Tucker for anyone who isn’t a deranged hater:

Greg Gutfeld has defended Tucker against the Media Matters leaks. (I’m not positive, but he may be the only major Fox News personality to do so publicly.)

Fox News is denying being the leaker, and has sent a cease and desist letter to Media Matters. The NY Post, owned by the same parent company as Fox News, reports:

Attorneys representing Fox News are threatening legal action against the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America for airing leaked behind-the-scenes clips showing the network’s now-former host Tucker Carlson.

The letter from Fox attorneys is in response to a series of stories published in recent days by MMFA, the liberal pressure group founded by Democratic Party operative David Brock, under the headline “Foxleaks.” …

“That unaired footage is Fox’s confidential intellectual property,” attorneys for Fox News’ parent company, Fox Corp., wrote in their letter to Angelo Carusone, the head of MMFA.

“Fox did not consent to its distribution or publication … [and] does not consent to its further distribution or publication,” the attorneys wrote.

“This proprietary material was given to you without Fox’s authorization,” the letter went on to state.

“Fox demands that Media Matters cease and desist from distribution, publication, and misuse of Fox’s misappropriated proprietary footage, which you are now on notice was unlawfully obtained,” the attorneys wrote to Carusone.

“We reserve all rights and remedies.”

When reached by The Post, MMFA responded in a statement that “reporting on newsworthy leaked material is a cornerstone of journalism.”

Fox News also has sent a cease and desist to Dominion about the leak of redacted materials produced in discovery, warning that it would be a violation of the settlement agreement if Dominion violated the protective order and agreement as to redactions:

Fox News all but pointed a finger Friday at Dominion Voting Systems as the source of a now-infamous Tucker Carlson text message suggesting that a mob attack is “not how white men fight,” calling for the Denver company to investigate the leak and warning that they’re in danger of breaching their $787.5 million settlement agreement they forged just last month.

Those warnings came in a letter from Fox lawyers to counsel for Dominion, dated Friday and demanding an answer by Monday regarding stories published this week in the New York Times and Daily Beast. Dominion, which has already cashed the check from its settlement victory, forcefully denied involvement Friday, saying: “Nobody associated with Dominion shared these confidential materials with the press.”

Fox was working on another theory.

“Fox has become aware that documents Fox produced to your clients in discovery in this litigation have been shared with members of the media,” the letter opens. “Portions of documents described and quoted in these articles were never made public on the docket, and, notably, three of the documents cited in The Daily Beast were only exhibits at Mr. Carlson’s deposition (not in any Court filings). Additionally, the testimony from Mr. Carlson’s confidential deposition quoted in the Daily Beast article was never made public on the docket.” ….

Disclosing anything now “would not only be a violation of the Order but also a breach of the parties’ Release and Settlement Agreement, which requires return or destruction of all of Fox’s Confidential or Attorneys’ Eyes Only Discovery Material within 30 days of dismissal of the case.”

Finally, Fox asked Dominion to look into its possible role in the leaks and, yeah. They’re gonna need you to work over the weekend.

“Accordingly, Fox requests that you and your clients immediately make an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this inexcusable release of confidential discovery material and report back to Fox by the close of business on May 8, 2023.”

As Tucker’s April 26, 2023, tweet showed — with over 80 million views and almost a million likes — he has an enormous and personally-loyal base of viewers.

That loyalty and base was apparent when Tucker made his first public appearance since his removal at a charity event on May 4, 2023, where he was given a standing ovation.

Someone in the audience recorded the whole appearance, where Tucker spoke for an hour. You can watch below:

Expect more of this as the quiet period inevitably draws to a close. Wherever Tucker ends up — and there’s a lot of speculation about that — it will be with a blast, not a whimper.


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Fox didn’t say a word to MM for a WEEK, because it was pathetically obvious they were the source of the leaks.

Now they’re just frantically trying to cover their butts because it’s losing them even more customers.

How could you POSSIBLY believe these silly clips of Tucker were going to do anything but increase support for him and make Fox look like petty little backstabbers?

    The Packetman in reply to Olinser. | May 6, 2023 at 7:40 am

    “How could you POSSIBLY believe these silly clips of Tucker were going to do anything but increase support for him and make Fox look like petty little backstabbers?”

    Well, if you’re Fox, and liberal, but I repeat myself …

    BierceAmbrose in reply to Olinser. | May 6, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    “Now they’re just frantically trying to cover their butts…”

    Fox ain’t this good, BUT a timed sequence of “leak it out then file against it” is a common informaion-op tactic. Our Govt does it all the time.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | May 5, 2023 at 10:56 pm

Fox News’ decision to let TC go shows a lack of respect for their viewers, shareholders, and TC himself. It also shows that they negotiated their settlement with Dominion in bad faith, since it was clear that Dominion wasn’t willing to accept the terms.

Media Matters is as bad as Black Lives Matters. Useless as tits on a boar hog.

    CommoChief in reply to AF_Chief_Master_Sgt. | May 6, 2023 at 7:29 am

    Great points. One problem though, Fox didn’t ‘let him go’, instead they simply took him off air while keeping him under contract. They still pay his salary.

    That makes your very good point about lack of respect for viewers even better. They are apparently enforcing their non compete contract which keeps TC off the air until the end of 2024. They don’t want his voice amplified b/c he questions the prevailing narratives and puts the spotlight on shenanigans the establishment would rather keep hidden.

      BierceAmbrose in reply to CommoChief. | May 6, 2023 at 1:53 pm

      Now why would they do that? This makes not sense if their goals include making money, illuminating public debate, or building theiir own credibility, loyalty, and reputation.

      It’s like there’s some other goal in play here.

      Oh wait. Let me put my tinfoil hat on…

I’d still like to see Elon Musk purchase CNN using TC as a headliner

Who at Fox leaked the material? Whoever it was made almost as big a mistake of what they thought would happen as that chick over at Bud Light.

I’ve listened to quite a bit of the “leaks” of Tucker’s banter on different platforms and nothing I heard makes him look bad at all so I’m not sure what the point was. Now, that confidential stuff over at Dominion. That is a problem for Dominion

CommoChief | May 6, 2023 at 8:58 am

If you are able I suggest everyone make time to watch the speech in it’s entirety. It offers very good observations about our Nation; it’s people, it’s leaders, the divisions and problems we face. More importantly it offers common sense solutions about dealing with them and practical ways to improve the way we interact with each other.

BierceAmbrose | May 6, 2023 at 1:57 pm

I don’t believe this happened. All the mis- dis- and mal-information expert-LARPers says so; it isn’t so; you know what I mean. We must protect the internet — also, our precious bodily fluids — from this contamination.

Also who is this “Tucker Carlson” — doubtless the name for an otherwise seekret Russian Bot farm.

Anyone who believes this denial that lacks the term “we didn’t do it”, and didn’t include the first beneficiary of Fox News leaking (The New York Time) is as stupid as Fox thinks he/she is.

The adding Dominion was also a matter of WTF is wrong with you haven’t they been slandered enough by Fox as is?

Tucker not only didn’t participate in the Dominion BS he proved Sydney Powell was a liar and warned his audience away from believing her.

Furthermore NYTimes actually made Tucker sound bad while Media Matters by actually showing clips accidentally debunked the Fox narrative.