(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Author Michael Wolff will soon publish a new book, The Fall: the End of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty, detailing the drama that took place inside Fox News and among the biggest names in conservative politics, the Daily Mail reported.
According to Wolff, the DeSantis and Carlson families dined together one evening at the Carlson home as Fox New executives hoped to sway Carlson’s favor for their preferred candidate in the 2024 GOP primary. However, things quickly went awry.
“For two hours Ron DeSantis sat at her table talking in an outdoor voice indoors, failing to observe any basics of conversation ritual or propriety, reeling off an unselfconscious list of his programs and initiatives and political accomplishments,” Wolff wrote of the encounter.
He also claimed that DeSantis was dismissive of any opposition to his ideas, and that he kicked one of the Carlson family dogs under the table.
“DeSantis pushed the dog under the table,” Wolff wrote, wondering, “had he kicked the dog?”
From that moment on, Wolff declared—seemingly with no evidence—Carlson believed that DeSantis was a “fascist.”
Naturally, DeSantis’s office denied the unfounded claims.
Andrew Romeo, the governor’s communications director, denied the story.
“The totality of that story is absurd and false,” he wrote, adding that “some will say or write anything to attack Ron DeSantis because they know he presents a threat to their worldview.”
Leftist media previously attempted to push the narrative that Carlson had a vendetta against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump after Dominion Voting Systems’ defamation lawsuit against Fox led to the leak of a series of out-of-context private text messages from Carlson in which he said, among other things, of the former president, “I hate him passionately.”
Carlson later denied having any sort of ill will against Trump, however. He has since interviewed both Trump and DeSantis in what most would consider to be favorable terms while going particularly tough on former Vice President Mike Pence and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
Wolff’s book claims that prior to his unceremonious ouster in April from Fox News, Carlson had considered running for president himself in order to escape his contract with the network.
Wolff also purported to be spilling the beans about Fox host Sean Hannity, claiming that Fox Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch found Hannity to be “retarded.”
“He’s retarded, like most Americans,” the Australian media mogul allegedly stated.
Though Wolff claims to have tried to contact every person mentioned in his gossip book, officials at Fox News said that he never contacted the corporation.