Carlson, who is no relation to Tucker, took aim at Lachlan Murdoch, the CEO of Fox and son of news media mogul Rupert Murdoch who had defended Tucker after the Anti-Defamation League asked for the network to drop the controversial commentator.
“This is a crock of s--- Lachlan”, Carlson tweeted on Monday adding: “I hoped when you moved to take Roger Ailes out after my lawsuit that Fox News might really change. Instead, Fox has just gotten worse.”
This comes after Carlson had promoted a racist ‘white replacement’ conspiracy theory on his show, claiming that supposed secret elites are using non-white immigrants to destroy the so-called white culture.
“I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World,” Carlson said on his primetime show last Thursday.
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The segment has been praised by a white nationalist website who called it ‘one of the best things Fox has ever aired.’ Meanwhile, the ADL called for Carlson to be fired with their executive director Jonathan Greenblatt saying: “I think we’ve really crossed a new threshold when a major news network dismisses this or pretends like it isn’t important. This has deadly significance.”
In response to the controversy, Murdoch said to Greenblatt, in a letter provided to CNN, “The Fox Corporation shares your values and abhors antisemitism, white supremacy and racism of any kind. In fact, I remember fondly the ADL honouring my father with your International Leadership Award, and we continue to support your mission.”
However, Murdoch said that he disagreed with the criticism of Carlson and that the host had actually rejected the theory. “A full review of the guest interview indicates that Mr Carlson decried and rejected replacement theory. As Mr. Carlson himself stated during the guest interview: ‘White replacement theory? No, no, this is a voting rights question,” Murdoch wrote.
In an open letter published on the ADL website on Monday, Greenblatt criticised Murdoch’s response and further detailed Carlson’s history with white supremacy, conspiracy theories and other controversial statements, which are well documented.
Gretchen Carlson left Fox in 2016 after receiving a $20 million payout and apology after making sexual assault allegations against its former CEO Roger Ailes, a story depicted in the movie Bombshell. Ailes died in 2017 less than a year after resigning from his position.