Tucker Carlson was not going to stay quiet for long.
Carlson fired a shot across the bow of Fox News Channel.
And Tucker Carlson made his first speech since Fox fired him and you won’t believe what he said.
Carlson’s first public comments came at a charity event for Rainbow Omega — a faith-based group that provides assistance to adults with developmental disabilities — in Oxford, Alabama.
The former Fox News host made light of his current situation.
“I think I’m probably the first unemployed person who was ever invited to speak,” Carlson joked. “When I accepted this speech … I didn’t realize how much free time I would have.”
In his remarks, Carlson took aim at the corporate media for creating fake crises to distract the American people from the real problems facing the nation.
“I’m starting to really believe that the divisions that we see in our society are pretty much manufactured,” Carlson stated.
What stood out to many observers was the fact that Carlson made no effort to distinguish Fox News from the rest of the mainstream media outlets that Carlson accused of lying to the people.
Carlson told the crowd that the media is more interested in covering climate change than the fact that the border is wide open, Joe Biden pushed America into war with Russia, and that the establishment tanked the economy through inflation.
“I just think that at some point, you have to call it what it is—which is lying,” Carlson continued. “And lying with a very specific purpose, which is to avert your gaze, to pull your attention away from the things that matter. That’s not news coverage. That’s just classic propaganda.”
Carlson explained that the media bombarded Americans with propaganda because the ability to influence a person’s thoughts paved the way for controlling behavior.
As an example, Carlson cited the hysteria over COVID.
“If you can control someone’s brain and get them to say, ‘I really need to wear a mask inside my car alone to protect myself’—if you can get someone to that place where he gets in his Subaru and just instinctively puts on a mask with the windows up, then you’ve won,” Carlson concluded. “You’ve defeated them … in the enslavement of people, taking away their choice, and in so doing their dignity, really their humanity.”
This is not the first time Carlson implied Fox News is just as guilty as CNN or MSNBC of stifling debate and trying to force unpopular establishment positions on immigration, foreign policy, or social issues on the nation.
In a video posted to social media two days after his firing Carlson implied that Fox News took him off the air to censor him over Carlson’s opposition to Joe Biden’s war in Russia.
Carlson’s two public comments make it clear he is chomping at the bit to get back on the air and that Fox News — and its pivot to a more establishment-oriented editorial perspective — will be one of his top targets.
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