Since Tucker Carlson’s departure from Fox News, efforts to expose the man behind-the-scenes have intensified through leaks that included an alleged text message where the commentator was said to be rooting for a mob against an “Antifa kid…hoping they’d hit him harder, kill him.”
“It’s not how white men fight,” he allegedly wrote before explaining in the text that he stopped himself from feeling these emotions when he recognized that his own thoughts were becoming inappropriate, to say the least.
A steady stream of content purporting to be related to the cable news network’s reason for cutting Carlson continued Tuesday with a report from The New York Times. Therein, messages from the former primetime personality that had been collected as evidence for the recently settled defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems, were said to include a reaction to video of clashing protesters.
According to the Times, on Jan. 7, 2021, the day after the U.S. Capitol was breached, Carlson sent a message to one of his producers expressing his take on seeing a group of supporters of then-President Donald Trump clashing with Antifa.
“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 sh*t out of him,” the previously unreported text read. “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,” Carlson noted. “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?” he asked in conclusion.
YouTuber Keith Woods summed up the reaction of many as he wrote, “Consider that most of the text is him trying to humanise political enemies who have targeted his house & family for harassment, but a passing comment about a positive trait of white people makes this too radioactive for Fox.”
According to the NY Times this is the text that led to Tucker Carlson's firing due to his "it's not how white men fight" comment.
Consider that most of the text is him trying to humanise political enemies who have targeted his house & family for harassment, but a passing comment… pic.twitter.com/kgZT88caRF
— Keith Woods (@KeithWoodsYT) May 3, 2023
Indeed, that was included in the takeaway from the Times as the report stated, “The discovery of the message contributed to a chain of events that ultimately led to Mr. Carlson’s firing.” The report indicated that higher-ups at Fox News became aware of the message the Sunday before the defamation trial was scheduled to begin and as a settlement was in the works.
In addition to the message, videos that appear to show Carlson making comments off-air have been made public in an attempt to besmirch his character. Published by Media Matters, the host could be seen on the set of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” preparing for an interview with Piers Morgan.
During the exchange, Carlson is heard, “So let’s…if we’re going to talk about sex, I’d love to hit some of the fine points of technique, but, you know, but it’s your show. It’s totally up to you.”
“We can certainly talk about your sexual technique, especially after your tanning testicles last week,” Morgan fired back, referencing a Fox Nation special Carlson had done.
“Not mine! We’ll speak in more general terms, but I’ve got something to add,” the host said.
1. Prepping for an interview with Piers Morgan, Carlson tells the host, “If we’re going to talk about sex, I’d love to hit some of the fine points of technique”
Morgan replies, “We can certainly talk about your sexual technique, especially after your tanning testicles last week” pic.twitter.com/q41FGWujn8
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) May 2, 2023
Later, Carlson commented of someone, “I thought his girlfriend was kind of yummy,” before immediately calling out Media Matters and exclaiming, “Just kidding! Just kidding, in case this is getting pulled off the bird. Yeah, the bird! Hey, Media Matters for America, go f*ck yourself!”
2. After describing an unnamed woman to someone off camera as “yummy,” Carlson says, “just kidding, in case this is being pulled off the bird… Hey, Media Matters for America, go fuck yourself!” pic.twitter.com/xxefGaW9SX
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) May 2, 2023
In yet another video from the set of “Tucker Carlson Today,” the host made a passing remark about viewer critiques of his look and said, “I can never assess my appearance. I wait for my postmenopausal fans to weigh in on that,” before issuing a callback to an infamous hot mic moment of Bill O’Reilly, “F*ck it, we’ll do it live!”
3. On-set, Carlson tells someone off-camera, “I can never assess my appearance. I wait for my postmenopausal fans to weigh in on that.” pic.twitter.com/GmuwSomWDI
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) May 2, 2023
Carlson’s reputation has not appeared to suffer from the leaks that show him to be a flawed person with a sense of humor, and reactions poured in offering support for the man alongside their opposition to the corporate media monolith trying to tarnish his reputation.
Fox News leaking to the left-wing New York Times to smear Tucker Carlson isn't just an attack on Tucker, it's an attack on all of his fans and conservatives everywhere!
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 3, 2023
Lmao, this just makes him seem funny and relatable. You’re gonna have to do better.
— Noah Kocevar (@thatkocevarkid) May 2, 2023
This is all they’ve got? A text in which Tucker mocks white people for not knowing how to fight for keeps, criticizing himself for dehumanizing a J6 Antifa rioter over politics, then expresses how doing so is wrong and destructive?
“If I don’t care about those things, if I…
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 3, 2023
This is a beautiful, honest, self-critical & deeply compassionate anecdote from a man we would all be blessed to consider a friend or family member. The libs know that. They’re triggered because Tucker is humble & his moral integrity makes them feel deeply inadequate & ashamed. pic.twitter.com/QCHB2xS23P
— Aimee Terese (@aimeeterese) May 3, 2023
How many hours of outtakes did you have to go through to get this? Lol seems pretty tame to me♀️ and I’m “post-menopausal”
— Suzy DF (@suzydfauria) May 3, 2023
Some scandal. These outtakes are hilarious and will just make people like Tucker even more. Do these wankers have no sense of humor at all? https://t.co/GlIUMyQ009
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) May 3, 2023
By the time Fox is done leaking, Tucker will be more likable than ever. https://t.co/GViEXmbgAz
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) May 2, 2023
Media Matters posted a bunch of videos that make Tucker Carlson look hilarious and they think this is an own because libs have no sense of humor https://t.co/FTlz3IGQh8
— Pedro L. Gonzalez (@emeriticus) May 2, 2023
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