Elon Musk Responds to Tucker Carlson Bringing His Show to Twitter: Hopes Voices on Both Sides Follow Suit
Twitter owner Elon Musk posted a response to Tucker Carlson’s internet-breaking announcement that he was taking his show to the social media platform, urging personalities on both sides of the political spectrum to follow suit.
The former Fox News host posted a video to Twitter on Tuesday that has since reached nearly 90 million views at the time of this writing.
Carlson began by dissecting the corrupt legacy media, explaining how they control the narrative while walking a tightrope of reporting “facts” in such a vague way that they technically qualify as such.
“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,” he said. “We bring some other things too, which we’ll tell you about. But for now, we’re just grateful to be here.”
We’re back. pic.twitter.com/sG5t9gr60O
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) May 9, 2023
Elon Musk Responds to Tucker Carlson
The Political Insider reported two weeks ago on another video posted by Tucker Carlson shortly after his firing from Fox News in which he indicated that there are still “some” places Americans can go to speak the truth.
“Where can you still find Americans saying true things?” Carlson asked. “There aren’t many places left, but there are some.”
That place appears to be Twitter.
Good evening pic.twitter.com/SPrsYKWKCE
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 27, 2023
Musk responded to Carlson’s bombshell announcement with a level-headed response noting that Carlson would be subjected to scrutiny just like any other content creator on the platform. He also refuted speculation that he and the former Fox host had struck up a deal.
“On this platform, unlike the one-way street of broadcast, people are able to interact, critique and refute whatever he or anyone may say,” Musk tweeted. “And, of course, anything misleading will get @CommunityNotes.”
“I also want to be clear that we have not signed a deal of any kind whatsoever. Tucker is subject to the same rules & rewards of all content creators,” he added.
On this platform, unlike the one-way street of broadcast, people are able to interact, critique and refute whatever he or anyone may say.
And, of course, anything misleading will get @CommunityNotes.
I also want to be clear that we have not signed a deal of any kind…
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2023
Musk urged personalities on both sides of the aisle to follow Carlson’s lead. He even sought out former CNN anchor Don Lemon, who was also recently fired from his network.
“Have you considered doing your show on this platform?” he asked. “Maybe worth a try. Audience is much bigger.”
Have you considered doing your show on this platform? Maybe worth a try. Audience is much bigger.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 10, 2023
Will Fox News Block the Move?
Aside from bringing his show to Twitter, Tucker Carlson has expressed interest in hosting an alternate GOP presidential primary debate as a counter to his old network’s own debate.
But his grand plans could still be thwarted by Fox News.
The New York Times reports that “Fox could ultimately block any attempt by the host to return to a prominent role in conservative media.”
Carlson’s contract status could very well limit his options until his deal with the network runs out by January 2025. Sources have indicated he’d be willing to forgo millions of dollars owed to him in his Fox News contract just to have the opportunity to continue playing a role in the political commentary scene.
And he appears poised to fight his way out of the contract. A letter from his lawyers accused the network of fraud and breach of contract, foreshadowing further legal action.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) May 9, 2023
The letter accuses Fox employees, including “Rupert Murdoch himself,” of having broken promises “intentionally and with reckless disregard for the truth,” constituting fraud.
It also points to a possible contract violation by suggesting Fox has leaked private communications to the media.
The Political Insider late last week reported on leaked messages which showed Carlson critical of the network’s decision to call Arizona so early for Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential election.
Carlson’s critique of the mainstream media now applies to Fox as well with his presence missing from the network.
“At the most basic level, the news you consume is a lie — a lie of the stealthiest and most insidious kind,” he said.
The truth will now be the exclusive domain of Twitter.