Tucker Carlson announced that he will soon be relaunching his own show and streaming it exclusively on Twitter.
Carlson made the announcement in a post to Twitter on Tuesday, simply captioned “We’re back.”
“Much of what you see on television or read the New York Times, is in fact true in the literal sense, it could pass one of the media’s own fact checks. Lawyers would be willing to sign off on it, in fact, they may have. But that doesn’t make it true. It’s not true,” Carlson said in his video.
“At the most basic level, the news you consume is a lie, a lie of the stealthiest and most insidious kind. Facts have been withheld on purpose, along with proportion and perspective. You are being manipulated.
“How does that work?” Carlson asked, “Let’s see.”
“If I tell you that a man has been unjustly arrested for armed robbery that is not strictly speaking a lie. He may have been framed at this point, there’s been no trial, so no one can really say.
“But if I don’t mention the fact that the same man has been arrested for the same crime six times before, am I really informing you? No, I’m not.
“I’m misleading you. And that’s what the news media are doing in every story that matters every day of the week, every week of the year,” he continued.”
“What’s it like to work in a system like that? After more than 30 years, in the middle of it, we could tell you stories. The best you could hope for in the news business at this point is the freedom to tell the fullest truth that you can. But there are always limits. And you know that if you bump up against those limits, often enough, you will be fired for it.
“That’s not a guess. It’s guaranteed.
“Every person who works in English language media understands that the rule of what you can’t say defines everything. It’s filthy, really. And it’s utterly corrupting.
“You can’t have a free society if people aren’t allowed to say what they think is true. Speech is the fundamental prerequisite for democracy. That’s why it’s enshrined in the first of our constitutional amendments.
“Amazingly, as of tonight, there aren’t many platforms left that allow free speech. The last big one remaining in the world, the only one is Twitter, where we are now.
“Twitter has long served as the place where our national conversation incubates and develops. Twitter is not a partisan site, everybody’s allowed here. And we think that’s a good thing. And yet, for the most part, the news that you see analyzed on Twitter comes from media organizations that are themselves thinly disguised propaganda outlets. You see it on cable news, you talk about it on Twitter.”
Carlson reportedly spoke with Twitter CEO Elon Musk about working together this past week, according to one report.
Axios reported on Sunday that “Carlson and Elon Musk had a conversation about working together, but didn’t discuss specifics.”
“The idea that anyone is going to silence Tucker and prevent him from speaking to his audience is beyond preposterous,” said Bryan Freedman, the lawyer representing Carlson in the dispute between Fox and the anchor.
“The result may feel like a debate, but actually the gatekeepers are still in charge. We think that’s a bad system. We know exactly how it works, and we’re sick of it. Starting soon, we’ll be bringing a new version of the show we’ve been doing for the last six and a half years to Twitter. We bring some other things to which we’ll tell you about. But for now, we’re just grateful to be here. Free speech is the main right that you have without it, you have no others. See you soon.”
Carlson is not the first to bring his show to Twitter since the social media giant was acquired by Musk. Earlier this week, Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh announced that he would be uploading his full shows to Twitter. This announcement came after a hack on his account.
Tucker Carlson and Fox News parted ways on April 24.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
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