Originally, I reported that the special master’s investigation into Fox would continue to ensure that Fox complied with the discovery orders (because it could break up a settlement if there was bad faith).
But according to more research, the judge vacated that order three days after the settlement. So there was some further argument.
It doesn’t entirely bust up my theory.
According to CNN:
Fox News and Tucker Carlson, the right-wing extremist who hosted the network’s highly rated 8pm hour, have severed ties, the network said in a stunning announcement Monday.
The announcement came one week after Fox News settled a monster defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million over the network’s dissemination of election lies.
I do not think the settlement drove the decision to instantly fire Tucker.
Obviously, something very very big happened.
Tucker Carlson is their ATM machine, often the most-watched cable television show. We know that embarrassing stuff came out in pre-trial discovery. Tucker skated through that easily. No sweat, just a lot of money.
Fox News didn’t fire Tucker because he helped cost them a lot of money. And Fox News desperately needs Tucker right now to get some of that money back.
It is something else.
This is my initial impression.
The judge in the case appointed a special master. The judge charged the special master with the duty to parse through everything at Fox to ensure that they had turned everything over.
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The settlement didn’t end the special master’s investigation, presumably because if the special master finds something huge that Fox failed to turn over, it would vitiate the agreement and either the trial would be re-set or there could be a new settlement. Either way, the special master was going to go through Fox’s “stuff.”
I leave this up:
Something in that “stuff” is so bad that Fox needed to fire Tucker immediately. It might not even directly relate to the Dominion and Trump’s election. But Fox is holding something so devastating that they need to fire Tucker immediately to get ahead of what we’re about to hear from the special master.
Well, it won’t be from the Special Master. Thus, my theory now turns to something similar but unrelated to the special master.
In my opinion, the most likely cause is that while digging through discovery in the case, Fox found something about Tucker that is so volatile that they could not keep him in the company. But they couldn’t fire him immediately amidst the lawsuit because it would have people clamoring to know why – including Dominion.
So. Right now, Tucker’s biggest problem isn’t that Fox fired him. His biggest problem is why Fox fired him and whether that reason will get out (It will, eventually). We know this. Fox didn’t want to wait another day. We also know that it wasn’t a “pleasant” good-bye. He never got a “last show” – it was Friday.
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