(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, riding a wave of public support after his ouster from the allegedly conservative network, released a video Wednesday night that hinted at a future to include more work covering major stories that mainstream media either overlooks or soft-peddles.
“One of the first things you realize when you step outside the noise for a few days is how many genuinely nice people there are in this country, kind and decent people, people who really care about what’s true and a bunch of hilarious people — also, a lot of those,” Carlson began.
“The other thing you notice when you take a little time off is how unbelievably stupid most of the debates you see on television are, they’re completely irrelevant. They mean nothing. In five years, we won’t even remember that we had them, trust me as someone who’s participated.”
In the same vein, Carlson said that major stories of import are the ones that are rarely given the coverage they deserve.
“And yet at the same time, and this is the amazing thing, the undeniably big topics, the ones that will define our future, get virtually no discussion at all: war, civil liberties, emerging science, demographic change, corporate power, natural resources,” Carlson said.
“When was the last time you heard a legitimate debate about any of those issues? It’s been a long time. Debates like that are not permitted in American media. Both political parties and their donors have reached consensus on what benefits them, and they actively collude to shut down any conversation about it.”
If market interest is any indicator, the public is ready to hear the truths that fake news has distorted or censored.
After its unannounced release, Carlson’s video had amassed upwards of 23 million views in about three hours, prompting one commentator to crack, “Who’s Fox News Again?”
Indeed, by contrast the revamped, renamed Fox News Tonight hosted by Brian Kilmeade managed to snag only 1.7 million for its Tuesday run.
“8M impressions in just over an hour. That’s more than 2x the amount Tucker Carlson got a night on Fox,” wrote Collin Rugg. “The corporate media is losing. The truth is winning.”
Arizona Republican Kari Lake said the staggering numbers showed “the strength of independent media.”
“@TuckerCarlson’s post has only been up for a few hours and it’s already getting record interactions,” Lake tweeted. “This is the power of an uncensored digital square. They can’t silence us anymore. Our message will always find a way to get out.”
Carlson sounded ready to keep delivering, and blasted the current state of mainstream media.
“Our current orthodoxies won’t last, they’re brain dead, nobody actually believes them,” he said. “Hardly anyone’s life is improved by them. This moment is too inherently ridiculous to continue. And so it won’t. The people in charge know this. That’s why they’re hysterical and aggressive. They’re afraid. They’ve given up persuasion, they’re resorting to force, but it won’t work.”
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“When honest people say what’s true, calmly and without embarrassment, they become powerful,” Carlson said. “At the same time, the liars who’ve been trying to silence them shrink and they become weaker. That’s the iron law of the universe. True things prevail. Where can you still find Americans saying true things? There aren’t many places left, but there are some and that’s enough. As long as you can hear the words, there is hope.”
Carlson ended his video message with a simple, “See you soon.”