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With Each of These Hits, Tucker Grows In Stature – “Leak” To Media Matters Actually Makes Him Look Great

With Each of These Hits, Tucker Grows In Stature – “Leak” To Media Matters Actually Makes Him Look Great

In an off-air conversation leaked to the Fox-haters at Media Matters, Tucker complained about the Fox Nation platform: ““We’re working like animals to produce all this content, and the people in charge of it, […] they’re ignoring the fact that the site doesn’t work…” Is this supposed to make him look bad?

Media Matters is a horrible organization which has poisoned our political culture as much as anyone or any group. It pioneered the attempt to deplatform conservatives by going after advertisers, with Fox News being its prime target and the obsession of MMFA’s former chief David Brock, and its now-president Angelo Carusone.

So when one of MMFA’s henchmen posted a “leaked” video of Tucker Carlson, MMFA must have thought it had a great scoop.

Who would leak such a thing? Megyn Kelly thinks it’s Fox News, but that would be strange considering how MMFA has targeted Fox News. IF Fox News is leaking to Media Matters — something that’s not proven — then it gives new and perverse meaning to the phraise “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Regardless of who leaked it, it’s not much of a leak. It shows Tucker complaining about the Fox Nation platform. That’s the platform that hosts Tucker Carlson Originals and Tucker Carlson Today. I did an hour-long interview on the Today program. I was really happy with the content, and so were a lot of viewers who reached out to me about it.

But it’s also true that the Fox Nation site is hard to navigate and is not user friendly. I wish the whole interview was on YouTube or someplace people didn’t need to subscribe.

Two things can be true at the same time – Tucker (and others) created great content on Fox Nation, but the site design does not do the content justice. Tucker in the clip:

“We’re working like animals to produce all this content, and the people in charge of it, […] they’re ignoring the fact that the site doesn’t work…”

To point that out is not a scandal for Tucker, it’s showing concern about the content creators and viewers.

And as Larry O’Connor points out, MMFA still sucks.

With each of these hits, Tucker grows in stature.


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PrincetonAl | May 1, 2023 at 9:28 pm

Tucker is right, it does suck, and yeah showing him behind the scenes saying what needs to be said and caring to say it is pretty much on brand.

This was a fail at best if MMFA was trying to do a Carlson hit – at least for anyone who reads past the headline.

Any headline with Tucker’s name in it is click bait right now.

So, Media Matters published this and pretended it was sensational even though its nothing – for the clicks.

The more clicks, the more they can charge advertisers.

The “sides” are lined-up, and won’t likely change. The reason: the MASSIVE and complete corruption of our federal government, media, educational institutions and now our military.

Does anyone really think Maxine Waters is going to work at the post office, or AOC going back to barmaiding? Where is Christphoner Wray going to get a job in a honest world? Will Biden’s press secretary become a greeter at Target? Will Blinken go back to playing music in nightclubs? Will Hollywood idiots start to worry about making good movies instead of indulgent propaganda to promote pedopheila? WIll the lunatics at MSNBC get jobs as reporters ANYWHERE in an honest world? Will NATO go down fighting and have to start paying their share of our defense costs for them?

It’s just not happening – things are too far gone, and our country is ultimately run by a shadow government, with the FBI, CIA and IRS as its goons.

scooterjay | May 1, 2023 at 9:38 pm

Wonder where the cash for content is coming from? Seems all the media outlets are changing, and the ones that don’t will soon be labeled extremist for harboring dangerous-minded people, thus forcing moderators to clamp down on comments in a further erosion of free speech.

healthguyfsu | May 1, 2023 at 9:54 pm

It was probably more of a hit against Fox news than against Carlson.

They likely see Carlson as neutralized for now.

One thing I noticed before Tucker was taken off the air was an increasing amount of ads for Blackrock on the network. Blackrock has large investments in NewsCorp and Dominion. Blackrocjk is still running ads after the settlement and the removal of Carlson from the airwaves. I have to wonder if the events are related in ant form.

they’re ignoring the fact that the site doesn’t work

No, they aren’t. The site doesn’t work because they don’t want it to work. It prominently hosts Tucker Carlson, but since its owners hate him they have every incentive to make the site unusable.

henrybowman | May 2, 2023 at 12:40 am

Megyn Kelly’s take: Fox leaked the clip to portray Tucker as someone who “snipes from the inside” in order to poison him for prospective employers such as Newsmax.
But what I see in that clip is someone bucking issues of poor customer service up to his management to get them resolved or at least acknowledged. Hell, that was my whole job description in one of my former positions, I resonate with that.

Dominion is out there bragging about how they got Tucker fired.

Murdoch really is a fool if he thought that he was going to be able to do this without blowback.

    CommoChief in reply to Olinser. | May 2, 2023 at 7:59 am

    They knew there would be blowback. I don’t think they understood the composition of the audience and thus the amount of blowback. The timeslot is getting about 60% ish of the total viewers that TC garnered. The 40% ish that have bailed are overwhelmingly the 25-55 demo which is who advertisers want.

    Balance that v the sort of 2nd tier advertisers on Tucker for the last five years or so. There was a concerted campaign to ad boycott him. It worked as the higher paying top tier advertisers departed. That’s why you didn’t see many financial firms, insurers or pharma ads on TC. Instead a lot of My Pillow ads which pay less.

    In essence TC was considered a headache by Fox management who despite incredibly high ratings was offering a lower financial return in marketing the ad buys. They are betting that they can make equal or higher revenue of the remaining 60% audience as higher paying 1st tier advertisers return to that timeslot when TC is gone. We shall see.

    In any event TC will end up with more freedom to run his Brand and manage his content. The audience for a more populist center/right, truth telling host definitely exists. Once they work out the end of the contract TC will emerge and draw a big audience and his voice won’t be silenced in the long run.

The good news for Fox is that fewer people will now burden the servers of that streaming platform. I’m still seeing people tweet that they canceled as recent as today.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | May 2, 2023 at 3:04 am

FoxNation was a rip-off (like most of the streaming sites). They wanted something like $8/month but that wouldn’t include access to FoxNews (which is, it seems, because of some anti-competitive deal that all the cable/live broadcast providers have with the channels – not allowing them to sell their own content in streaming) so I didn’t see the point of it. They later appeared to drop the cost to something like $2/month for some sale (which was a fair price) but I still had no interest. I’m really not into paying more than $1/month for any channel, though I have no problem with ads.

Meh. I had stopped watching Fox years ago (when they fired Beck) and only started watching it again over the last couple of years for the Five and then Tucker. But the Five has been getting on my nerves lately and Tucker is gone so it’s “adios” to Fox News again. Probably for good, this time.

I don’t think Fox Nation is going to be around much longer. It’ll be Murdoch’s second “MySpace” adventure.

I guess the response to this was not what MM anticipated. They’ve already closed the comments.

Ghostrider | May 2, 2023 at 6:41 am

Speaking of leaks meant to destroy Carlson’s credibility and reputation, I found a Washington Examiner opinion piece yesterday written by Dan Hannan that reads like it was lifted from a Tucker Carlson Tonight opening monologue. An amazing piece of honesty in journalism.

To capture a thought from the article, does the GOP want the 2024 Presidential Election be in effect a matchup of Sir John Falstaff against King Lear?

    healthguyfsu in reply to Ghostrider. | May 2, 2023 at 7:54 am

    Worse yet….his supporters won’t accept it as reality when he loses again.

    Edward in reply to Ghostrider. | May 2, 2023 at 10:49 am

    An article by a member of the House of Lords brings “leaks” to mind. And the same member of Lords thoughts on Donald J. Trump somehow align with Tucker Carlson and his trials and tribulations?

    Full disclosure, I think The Donald is sinking his own candidacy these days and I am certainly no sure vote for him. That being said, those who oppose his candidacy will find the weakest straw an ample opportunity to bring up their opposition.

Rupert Smedley Hepplewhite | May 2, 2023 at 7:35 am

Tucker is FOX’s Yoda; strike him down and he comes back stronger.

    That was Obi Wan Kenobi, not Yoda.

    “That is why you fail.” -The Empire Strikes Back.

    That quote is Yoda being brutally honest with Luke, who breathlessly says in the movie, “I don’t believe it,” after his Master raises an X-wing from the Dagobah swamp.

    It’s a definitive statement that comes from Yoda’s years of experience as a Jedi and a teacher, and it cuts through both to Luke and the audience.

    Can those who refuse to look past Trump see the exact parallel? They cannot because Trump’s 2024 campaign is more about revenge, and voting for Trump is more about asserting ego and narcissism over preserving the Republic’s functionality. And people dislike that a lot.

    What is true in a healthy political system with honest debates, Trump’s repulsive campaign ads and his obnoxious behavior towards Ron DeSantis, his Governor, would serve to eliminate him from contention. We should expect Trump to exacerbate an aggressive campaign posture because that is who he is. He loves the show business angle of attack ads and stolen elections conspiracy theories.

    So why has Trump not run a single ad attacking Biden/Harris like he has DeSantis? Friendly little resort and compound you have there in Palm Beach, Mr. Trump; I hate to see the place get a significant property tax assessment increase.

    For those who vote straight Trump—no matter what—tell us where there is honor in lobbing insults. Tell us why voting for Trump as revenge (“the election was stolen”) and ad hominin attacks designed to annihilate the opposition candidate in your party are okay.

    Trump will remain in the race, and whether some like it or not, the country can expect nonstop courtroom drama to continue across New York, Georgia, and especially Washington, D.C. The DNC is thrilled that Trump thinks he is a winner, which is why he will fail.

      Valerie in reply to Ghostrider. | May 2, 2023 at 10:04 am

      More Democrat talking points. We’re the from the Basket of Deplorables. You’ve been calling Trump a narcissist, a crybaby, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, since 2015, and one of the reasons Trump won so much support is that your claims were so over-the-top, people started looking at them.

      It’s not revenge to consistently lay out better public policies. The name-calling is all about an attempt to divert the topic of conversation from what we should be doing as a nation to Hillary Clinton’s perverted view of what Trump’s character is.

      henrybowman in reply to Ghostrider. | May 5, 2023 at 8:32 pm

      “So why has Trump not run a single ad attacking Biden/Harris like he has DeSantis? Friendly little resort and compound you have there in Palm Beach, Mr. Trump; I hate to see the place get a significant property tax assessment increase.”

      That actually defeats your own argument. The federal government has nothing to do with property assessments.

E Howard Hunt | May 2, 2023 at 7:58 am

I hope he returns stronger than ever- sans the girlie laugh.

I was a Fox Nation subscriber SOLELY due to Tucker’s content. I cancelled the day his departure was announced. I’ve been trying to pick my way through the reports from former Fox insiders such as O’Rielly and Kelly and others who have access and insights into the inner workings at Fox. The most interesting I’ve seen was on American Thinker by Seth Grossman:

In this piece Grossman points out that the Turning Point or Tipping Point was December, 2018 when Democrats managed to turn Fox’s major advertisers against Fox due, primarily, to Carlson’s BRUTAL takedowns of Democrats. They managed to persuade all of Fox’s former Top Tier advertisers to boycott the network forcing them to rely upon My Pillow and other third tier advertisers for support.

What this tells us is that THOSE advertisers; THOSE brands do not want the money that Fox’s viewers have to spend. I think we should support them in that decision and identify each and every one of those advertisers and make it clear to them that WE DON’T WANT THEIR PRODUCTS. If THEY want so support the Democrat Destruction of Democracy (not that the U.S. is a democracy, it is a Constitutional, representative republic) then WE will not support THEM to that end. They can all stay woke and go broke.

Should have been fired last year when he said he’s rooting for Russia to win in Ukraine. Putin puppet, stains everything else he stands for.

    Ralph Gizzip in reply to jlronning. | May 2, 2023 at 8:54 am

    Ask yourself why he was hoping for Russia to win in Ukraine.
    What does Joe have to gain by a Ukrainian win? A win keeps money flowing to Hunter and the rest of the Biden family while a Russian win has the potential to show the world just how corrupt Biden is or at least stop the flow of money to him.
    At least that’s my take on the situation.

    Fat_Freddys_Cat in reply to jlronning. | May 2, 2023 at 9:04 am

    When did he say that he was rooting for Russia to win?

    Criticizing the Ukraine government and criticizing the involvement of the U.S. government in the conflict is not the same thing as “rooting for Russia to win”.

      inspectorudy in reply to Fat_Freddys_Cat. | May 2, 2023 at 9:57 am

      He never said any such thing and the poster knows it. He has repeated many times that the Ukraine government is totally corrupt and all of the leaders there are stealing our money and selling the weapons we send them. There is no accountability for one penny, just like our own Pentagon cannot account for one billion dollars in spending. We are giving our hard-earned money to a corrupt regime and have no end game in sight.

    Paul in reply to jlronning. | May 2, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Oh please, you’re posting some progressive fever-dream smear thread on TC? Fuck off bot.

    Valerie in reply to jlronning. | May 2, 2023 at 9:57 am

    I have yet to see support for Putin among Republicans and conservatives and ordinary people, although it seems like a lot of Democrats, or perhaps bot clusters supported by paid shill in the media, would love to say it exists.

    What I see is disgust for unethical behavior by people in our government, allegedly representing us. We all know Putin is not on our side, that he is the head of one of our chief rivals, and not acting in our interest, except by accident.

    If you were to read the lyrics of many of our patriotic songs, you would find a series of prayers asking for guidance and the wisdom to act so that our country is worthy of the blessings of Almighty God. There is a growing opinion trending to a consensus that our government is not worthy of those blessings, right now.

    You don’t have to believe in God to understand that NATO’s hands are dirty in Ukraine, that many of our political families are taking bribes and acting in ways inimical to our general welfare, that our agencies are captured by armament and pharmaceutical companies and that our military is not promoting the common defense.

    Most of our problems are self-inflicted by our alleged public servants. Calling that assessment support for Putin is an outright lie.

    Your statement is untrue, and your link does not in the least support it. Please stop using our pages to spread demonstrable lies.

    CommoChief in reply to jlronning. | May 2, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Step back and review this a moment. What are the pieces on the board? Where did they come from? Who is behind their placement?

    Ukraine is a client State of the US/UK. The US State Dept and CIA ran amok in Ukraine from the ‘color revolution’; which they orchestrated by the by. Not satisfied with this the mysterious Top Men aka deep state then proceeds to urge Ukraine to cross the clearest of red lines; expanding NATO eastward towards Russia. Then urged them to punch down on the mostly ethnic Russians in the eastern portion of Ukraine.

    Kicking a bigger, more violent opponent in the jimmy b/c your buddies gaslight you into doing it is not prudent. That’s the bottom line of what happened here. Pointing out the very troubling actions that preceded the Russian invasion isn’t equivalent to supporting Putin. We are not close to the point where ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ can be applied to Russia. However, the deep state’s seemingly unaccountable actors running amok are definitely our enemy and Putin is definitely opposing them.

    The real question is who is creating the conditions that might eventually cause some to conclude that, on balance, Putin might be a more honest agent than our own govt bureaucracy? The answer from any reasonable person is the in plain sight actions of the bureaucracy itself. Hopefully they will reverse course and stop opposing transparency for the $ and arms flowing to Ukraine. That they will open up about the various research bio labs they funded in Ukraine and elsewhere. That they will tell the truth about why they are concerned about ‘sensitive nuclear material’ being compromised in Ukraine to Russia. WTF have these jack legs been doing without telling Congress, much less the voters about?

    Isolden in reply to jlronning. | May 2, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    NPC weighs in supporting the brand new thing, thanks

    Aussie Pat in reply to jlronning. | May 4, 2023 at 5:13 am

    Even down here we think you’re totally out of touch with reality. 🤬

Close The Fed | May 2, 2023 at 8:47 am

I subscribed to Fox Nation because of Tucker, and yes, the site navigation was disgustingly useless.

I would watch by going to or Rumble or something.

Cancelled day after they dumped him.

inspectorudy | May 2, 2023 at 10:06 am

I like Tucker and his show but there is more at play here than just his show. It is the cancellation of OAN and NewsMax and then the cancellation of Tucker’s show. From the outside, it looked like there was an overt attempt to take all conservative media off of the air. FNC is chock full of lefties posing as neutral or even right of center when their obvious remarks off-camera show them to be the liberals they truly are. Arthel and her slimy co-host on the weekend, Eric, are two such liberals. He once said that Trump might sell the “Classified” papers at Mar-a-lago to the Russians! Sandra Smith is another lefty trying to hide her own liberalism. I am not sure of John Roberts but he did work for cnn. Tucker is what I would describe as a libertarian and not a conservative. That used to mean live and let live with the least amount of government control possible. I would fall into that group as well.

I already paid for Fox News, why would I pay for Fox nation?

I guess I need more coffee.

“I did an hour-long interview on the Today program.”

I initially took this to mean that the Today Show interviewed the Prof. for an hour and wondered What fraction of a misleadingly-edited minute of that hour would they be running? before I clicked.

I thought Fox Nation had promise. And Tucker, among others, worked to put good content on (assuming the promos on his show were accurate). If Fox had been serious, Fox Nation would have been accessible for the average person on the boob tube, even if with a fee. AFAIK it was only accessed through the net and not even on streaming TV.

Steven Brizel | May 2, 2023 at 11:32 am

Tucker was unhappy with the quality of Fox Nation-how many of us are unhappy with some aspect of our jobs? When you complain -d0 it discretely and not in a way that your boss could or would use against you.

While CNN has seemed obsessed with Flight MH370 perhaps going into a “black hole”, Fox News seemed to be trying to follow MH370 into the “black hole”.