The New York Times claimed that it knows the exact text that caused Tucker Carlson to be fired from Fox News and his highly-rated program, “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” The outlet is alleging that a text sent to a producer was inflammatory and “set off a panic at the highest levels of Fox on the eve of its billion-dollar defamation trial” against Dominion Voting Systems.
The text message was sent to a producer on Carlson’s show just after the January 6th Capitol riot. In the message, Carlson wrote: “It was three against one, at least. Jumping a guy like that is dishonorable obviously. It’s not how white men fight.”
Here’s the message in its entirety:
“A couple of weeks ago, I was watching video of people fighting on the street in Washington. A group of Trump guys surrounded an Antifa kid and started pounding the living shit out of him. It was three against one, at least. Jumping a guy like that is dishonorable obviously. It’s not how white men fight.
Yet suddenly I found myself rooting for the mob against the man, hoping they’d hit him harder, kill him. I really wanted them to hurt the kid. I could taste it.
Then somewhere deep in my brain, an alarm went off: this isn’t good for me. I’m becoming something I don’t want to be. The Antifa creep is a human being. Much as I despise what he says and does, much as I’m sure I’d hate him personally if I knew him, I shouldn’t gloat over his suffering. I should be bothered by it.
I should remember that somewhere somebody probably loves this kid, and would be crushed if he was killed. If I don’t care about those things, if I reduce people to their politics, how am I better than he is?”
The Times reported that the text alarmed the Fox board, which saw the message a day before Fox was set to defend itself against Dominion Voting Systems before a jury. The board was concerned that the message could become public at trial when Mr. Carlson was on the stand.
BREAKING: The text message that allegedly got Tucker Carlson fired from Fox News:
Tucker Carlson Sent on January 7, 2021 — 04:18:04 PM UTC:
“A couple of weeks ago, I was watching video of people fighting on the street in Washington. A group of Trump guys… pic.twitter.com/IqKiEKnEKu
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 3, 2023