Tucker punks reporter eager to get scoop: ‘I’m fundamentally a dick. My apologies.’

Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s still got jokes. Good ones too. Like the joke about him running for president in the 2024 race.

The joke was made after Mattathias Schwartz, an Insider reporter, texted him this week asking, “Are you going to run for president?”

In response, Carlson wrote, “Yes. Announcing Friday in New Hampshire.”

Those six words were all it took to inspire Schwartz into a mad dash to cover this scoop.

“Can I call you? I would like to be first with this. But I can’t stand it up with one text. Let me know. A voice call would be helpful,” he wrote back to Carlson.

Shortly thereafter came the punchline from Carlson: “Totally kidding. Sorry.”

LOL!

To Schwartz’s credit, he took it swimmingly, writing back, “You got me.”

Look:

The text conversation ended with Carlson texting back, “I can never control myself. I’m fundamentally a dick. My apologies.”

Following the humorous exchange, Schwartz was asked on Twitter by other users whether he’d been at all skeptical about Carlson’s initial claim.

“At the time, it seemed plausible but also in need of more substantiation. I think that his hope was that we would go with it and hit print based on the one text. But I don’t know that,” he replied.

In additional tweets, he added that he’d decided to publish the text conversation with Carlson because “ultimately these were texts that needed to be shared.”

But he didn’t specify why the texts needed to be shared. Indeed, many were critical of the claim:

As for Carlson’s presidential ambitions, there have been no signs whatsoever that he intends to run. This hasn’t stopped the entire media from speculating about him running — perhaps as former President Donald Trump’s vice president.

Back in April, in fact, Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson referred to a potential Carlson run as “the worst-case scenario.” For those paying attention, however, it was always clear Carlson intended to stick to doing what he does best — commenting on the news.

Indeed, just this week he released a video on Twitter announcing a new commentary show to be aired on the social media platform itself.

Also this week, yet another report emerged indicating that he intends to go to war with Fox News.

As previously reported, the first report emerged from The New York Times on Friday.

“Tucker Carlson is making it clear to people close to him that he would like to be back on the air somewhere soon. But he first needs Fox News to agree to a deal that would allow him to work elsewhere,” the Times reported.

The problem is, as previously noted, that Carlson’s contract runs until January 2025, meaning that — for the time being — he may not appear anywhere else. But on the other hand, were Fox News to prematurely release him from his contract, then he’d be able to accept any number of offers to work elsewhere.

Now fast-forward to Sunday, when Axios published its own exclusive report warning that Carlson “is preparing to unleash allies to attack Fox News in an effort to bully the network into letting him work for — or start — a right-wing rival.”

“They’re coming to him and saying: ‘Do you want me to hit Fox?’ He’s been saying: ‘No. I want to get this done quiet and clean.’ Now, we’re going from peacetime to Defcon 1. His team is preparing for war. He wants his freedom,” one of the outlet’s sources, a “close friend” of Carlson’s, said.

Another source added that the former Fox News host “knows where a lot of bodies are buried, and is ready to start drawing a map.”

Axios even obtained the following ominous statement from Carlson’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman: “The idea that anyone is going to silence Tucker and prevent him from speaking to his audience is beyond preposterous.”

Vivek Saxena

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