Another day and another leftist’s temper tantrum and of course, it is all about the man, the myth, the legend… Tucker Carlson. The left believes that Tucker Carlson is second in line to be the most dangerous person in American right after Trump and they have gone to Twitter to voice their outrage.
— Stuart Schnapp (@TheHonestS) May 6, 2021
— Betsy O'Riordan (@BetsyORiordan1) April 28, 2021
So predictable, right?
As said above, many on the left are proclaiming Tucker Carlson the second most dangerous person in America and even the leftist rag The Daily Beast reported on that.
“If Trump is the most dangerous person in the country, Tucker is a close second behind him.”
There is nothing new with this faux outrage at all. After all, conservatives are used to this sort of panic attack from the left whenever conservatives spit facts and not feelings at them.
However, there is something new occurring this time around with their hashtag campaign to cancel Carlson this time around. No, they aren’t calling to cancel him for his “white nationalist” views or that he questions the validity of vaccines. In fact, what they are freaking out about now is that Carlson knows how to beat them and he has given the blueprint to these leftist’s demise.
In the Daily Beast article, former Fox staffers are quoted declaring that Tucker is untouchable.
It’s a scenario that has become all too familiar for media watchers: Fox News star Tucker Carlson is once again under fire for his offensive and inflammatory comments, sparking widespread backlash and calls for advertisers to drop his show and for Fox to fire him.
And the expected outcome is also all too familiar, as current and former Fox News staffers told The Daily Beast this week: The network does not care and nothing will happen to Carlson.
He’s untouchable. He knows it, his staff knows it, everyone knows it,” one Fox News insider said of Carlson’s standing with Fox management.
In the past, when the left cries for someone to be canceled it has happened much to their little commie heart’s delight, but Carlson has averted it just as Trump has too, which has the left freaking out.
Tucker’s program is one of the only programs on television that is not corporately sponsored. The lovely people at Popular Information corroborate this.
Tucker Carlson has lost virtually all of his advertisers. A typical broadcast includes no national brand advertisers, a few direct response ads from companies like MyPillow, and house ads promoting other Fox News shows.
So the question is how is Tucker still on the air? After all, the Murdoch’s aren’t running a charity for conservative talk show hosts. Fox is still a company that is focused on profits above all else.
The reason appears in the same article.
Here’s how it works. Cable companies pay “carriage fees” to networks for the right to carry their channel. These fees are then passed on to users in their monthly bills. In 2020, Fox News made more money from carriage fees ($1.6 billion) than advertisements ($1.2 billion).
Other channels, of course, also receive carriage fees for their content. But the Murdochs have negotiated exorbitant fees for Fox News that are far greater than any other non-sports programming.
Tucker Carlson is still on the air because people actually watch his show. As a result, cable companies pay Fox News major money to carry their content.
Compare that to CNN who posted its worst-performing week of the year in March.
Overall, Fox News was the highest-rated network in cable news among total viewers in both total day and prime time. In prime, Fox drew a total audience of 2.3 million viewers, and 351,000 viewers in the key demo.
Fox’s rise came at CNN and MSNBC’s expense, with CNN posting its lowest-rated week of the year in prime time, with shows like Cuomo Prime Time experiencing steep declines—down 65 percent from the week of January 18.
This has the left angry since they can’t scream loud enough to have advertisers take money away since they are being paid anyway. People in droves watch Tucker’s show giving Fox News a heft check in the mail that makes no sense to Fox News to cancel him. After all folks, money talks.
Tucker has shown that you can cut the puppet strings if you have a show that actually brings in viewership and it pays handsomely.
If people watch, cable carriers will pay a premium to keep those eyeballs on their service.
As a result, Fox can operate free from the threat of cancel-culture and progressive corporate manipulation.
What Tucker has done is reveal a blueprint for other conservative voices to follow. Could this mark the changing of the tide within media?