There can be no proper posting until I finish my long-promised review of Robert F. Kennedy’s The Real Anthony Fauci, but I want to spare a few words for Tucker Carlson’s surprise firing from Fox News on Monday. I’ve never seen a full episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, and I only know the man from short clips on Twitter and YouTube, but it’s obvious to me that this is bad for us. Carlson was a major conduit via which unapproved views – including many of the core arguments in this space – made it to mainstream television audiences. The dominance of American media lent him an outsized influence far beyond the Anglosphere, which is one reason that even German state media are doing a grotesque victory dance upon the ouster of this allegedly “
The problem with your commentary is: You're right.
For once in the many, many threads I have participated in, I think you're wrong :-)
Tucker, within 6 months, will be reaching more viewers all over the world than he ever did on his show on Fox. Yes, the 65+ olds in the US who watch Fox are gone - but you should honestly expect a new Joe Rogan type, but with potentially 4x the audience. I took no pleasure in seeing the clips of the various victory dances being done on his MSM grave - but I assure you Fox needed him more than he needed Fox. His first independent video published on Twitter had 42 MILLION views in a day. I am actually excited for him, assuming he does the next stuff right.
I agree - he will make more money going independent, or to "fringe media", but will lose any veneer of credibility he has within the establishment-pleb class. The other mainstream networks and news organisations now do not have to cover him, so although his future content will get more views, it'll have a fraction of the amplification. He basically loses cultural relevance.
However, I think we edge closer to a tipping point where all mainstream news becomes so unconsumable, monotonous, and transparent. At some point the credibility axis will switch to newer institutions and independent voices - its inevitable with moves like this.
When he heard that Tucker Carlson had been fired, my 92-year-old father said, "Who will tell us the truth now?"
Truth or his opinion don't matter! I want to hear something more than One Droning Voice telling me "facts" that defy logic and common sense.
It was from Tucker Carlson that I found Alex Berenson...and then Dr. Malone...and then here, to eugyppius. And others, too.
Tucker Carlson will be back--and it will be grand.
I think the firing of Carlson is a final surrender of the MSM to the New Normal. MSM is dead, as dead as the wall of an echo chamber.
Nobody watches it anymore. The real action is on Substack, independent podcasts, and keep your eye on Rumble, which is tooling up to challenge Google-tube. Print media, the NY Times, the Washington post, even the WSJ and National Review are losing relevance fast. They will continue to bleed credibility with the Covid Reckoning and the backlash against Transhumanism and Critical Theory.
Anything that forces the prey to get more cunning and resourceful tends to be good for the prey.
I found you via Twitter and you had to have Substack in order to fully present your work. Now Substack has Notes and they're getting quite the good workout.
It's true that Tucker had a massive, massive reach, and I watched him solely because he had guests not platformed anywhere else. But he was often quite a moron too.
I think this is gonna lead to Substack's exponential growth and we've seen them Twitter snidelings unable to keep away from Notes; they're gonna be the ecological mechanism of further spreading the seeds they'd rather see die unfruitful. The weaknesses of one's enemy are useful, right?
I can’t wait to read Eugyppius’s review of “The Real Anthony Fauci.” I also wrote one, where I called it probably the “most important book of our times.” (FWIW, Citizen Free Press picked up my book review and my Substack was instantly discovered by 20,000 readers. Lesson: It pays to review a book the mainstream media is black-balling.)Here's my book review:
I also wrote a sidebar story that simply lists 18 vignettes/excerpts from the book. This will give people who don’t have time to read the book a flavor for its narrative-challenging themes. If nothing else, read the first two vignettes - those frame everything that's now happened.
They're playing Whackamole now.
Disagree, look at the views his Twitter clip got then look at Fox News ratings for his time slot. I believe the people who wanted him off fox do not understand that msm is dying...keep yr friends close and yr enemies closer.
It is going to get worse before it gets better. Remember the last part of the Goebbels quote:
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie."
Tucker is right - this cannot go on forever, but that is not a reason to be optimistic. The Economic consequences are coming, and when they arrive, this collapses. These are huge historical circumstances beyond our control. Stock up and be prepared.
I am at least more optimistic for the USA, than I am for Germany, where the Monoparty has won in all areas, and is in the process of cleaning out the tiny crumbs of opposition.
In the USA at least there is a sizeable opposition, fairly organized, with well-known people, many of them very smart and powerful.
The regime has learned from the faux-pas of 2016, and will be much better prepared in 2024, as it was in 2020. But still, in the USA there is at least a struggle.
I always thought the greatness of the American system was that the preservation of free speech actually curtailed any actual revolutions. Let the people air their grievances. Don’t force it underground. Don’t waste State resources and legitimacy fighting about what people say or think. Sadly, somebody has decided that the Soviet system is better. Maybe Putin really is in charge? Remaking America into a repressed gulag, from the inside, would be the greatest triumph for communism.
I agree. Alternative media is great, but representation on TV and also in newspapers is important. For example, EVERYONE I know took the jabs. I gave them reason after reason not to, some sourced online, some from common sense and life experience. If there had been more just questioning reporting on TV news and in newspapers, perhaps they would have waited longer. I don’t watch Tucker religiously either, but of the clips I have seen, even Tucker was careful when he discussed the jabs. He didn’t advocate for them, but he also didn’t say “are we crazy to inject millions of people around the world with essentially an experiment?!” I chalk that up to working for Fox because Fox is no different than all other TV outlets, so Tucker had to tread lightly while still trying to get his message across subtly. Perhaps being out from under the thumb of his media overlords will give him incredible freedom to speak unvarnished truth. That is, as long as Soros-funded people don’t barage him with bogus lawsuits for slander. So I see the positives and the negatives, but I will end on a positive note because it is important to maintain hope even on the darkest days. Setbacks are often opportunities in disguise. Here’s hoping this is a great opportunity for Tucker and will ultimately be a win in our column for truth, decency and sanity.
As an English person, I would like to say that Tucker Carlson appears to be exactly what the rest of the world imagines an American to be.
We watched Tucker faithfully on weeknights. Now, we don't watch Fox News at all. We will follow him to his new home, wherever that is. Ideally, he should do a periodic podcast at 8pm ET, to bring over the habituated. And, to the extent that he now has no management censoring his content: excellent. "Tucker Unchained"?
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