The Delicious Media Tears Flow After Tucker Carlson Moves Show to Elon Musk's Twitter

The news Tuesday that former Fox News host Tucker Carlson would be taking his show to Twitter after discussions with the platform’s CEO, Elon Musk, was undoubtedly the absolute last thing Carlson’s (and Musk’s!) infamous haters on the left and in the Media World wanted to hear.

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“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,” Carlson noted in a video posted to his Twitter page. “We’ll be bringing some other things too, which we’ll tell you about. But for now, we’re just grateful to be here.”

For his part, Musk confirmed that the two had talked about having him do a show on Twitter, though Musk said no “deal” was made and that Carlson was “subject to the same rules and rewards of all content creators.”

As one might expect, the media meltdowns have commenced accordingly, with The Usual Suspects absolutely incensed over the fact that Carlson refuses to be silenced and further, that his destination of choice was Twitter, where Musk has rolled out the red carpet.

For instance, here’s NBC News “journalist” Thomas Costello, a guest host of the “Hallie Jackson NOW” program, engaging in fretting and handwringing over What It All Means and inquiring of fired former CNN media hall monitor Brian Stelter whether Carlson will be able to be “policed” or if Musk will allow him to, horror of horrors, speak his mind:

Costello: “Twitter was already under fire for misinformation, disinformation, all-out lies, anti-Semitism, racism before Elon Musk took over and now it’s gotten kind of crazy, right? Seemingly unmoored, if you will. Will anybody be able to police what Carlson says, or is this the point? It’s just a free-for-all?”

Stelter: “I think this is the point. It is a free-for-all, it’s what Elon Musk wants to provide. This move by Tucker may cement the idea of Twitter as a right-wing website, and we see some users trying to go off to other sites instead.”

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Later, both Costello and Stelter were gleefully suggesting that Carlson would not be able to make any money on the platform because he was allegedly “radioactive” to advertisers:

Costello: “They were hemorrhaging advertisers on Twitter before this whole thing happened. So you gotta wonder if advertisers were already fleeing, because of this toxic culture on Twitter, are they gonna stick around now for Tucker Carlson? Or will more of them come in…”

Stelter: “The short answer is no. Carlson was radioactive! He was a drag on Fox’s profits, so I don’t see how Twitter will be any different for Carlson and Musk.”

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Not surprisingly, Stelter’s former sidekick Oliver Darcy, who is still at CNN and who we’ve been reliably informed is an unbiased “reporter,” wrote that “right-wing extremist Tucker Carlson” would now be doing his show on Twitter:

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In the piece, Darcy also took a shot at Musk, alleging that “Twitter has devolved in recent months into a chaotic platform where the traditional press has come under assault from the billionaire.”

This is all so stinkin’ hilarious for reasons which should be pretty obvious but which I’ll mention anyway.

For starters, the idea that Carlson is unlikely to make millions off of continuing to speak his mind via whatever platform he chooses is ridiculous. As my RedState colleague Teri Christoph explained in detail here, the sky is the limit for Carlson as he is about to “break the establishment media” with his next move, which will also allow him to bring in tons of money in the process:

Here’s the thing, though: He’ll make much, much more by taking his show to Twitter, which opens up multiple revenue streams for him. It’s a model that could easily be replicated by others, with top cover being provided by Elon Musk himself. And it’s a model that would be a reckoning for the establishment media, with all-important ad dollars leaving cable and broadcast news (does that even still exist?) and migrating to independent platforms and creators.

Relatedly, Stelter’s claim that Carlson was “radioactive” to advertisers is a joke, because to the extent that any advertisers were leaving it wasn’t because they suddenly had an attack of conscience. It was because of intense “cancel” campaigns from far-left, Tucker-hating “media watchdog” organizations like Media Matters, who Stelter and other so-called “neutral” journalists at outlets like the Washington Post have repeatedly (and dishonestly) propped up over the years as purveyors of truth or whatever.

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Let’s also laugh at Darcy’s sneering description of Carlson as a “right-wing extremist.” It’s especially funny considering that for years, his employer and colleagues at the struggling “news” network have been shrieking about former President Donald Trump’s alleged “right-wing extremism” and how he’s supposedly a “danger to democracy.”

And yet they’re hosting him for a town hall on Wednesday night after working with his team for months on a deal to get him to come on to their network.

Keep in mind, too, that the very same media figures who are yelling about “disinformation, misinformation, lies, and chaos” all work for networks that routinely engage in that very thing, and who have also experienced an exodus of advertisers. I mean the pot really is calling the kettle black here.

It really is all so very delicious the pretzels they’re contorting themselves into to proclaim Carlson’s reach won’t be near as vast and his revenue streams will be severely limited. They’re trying so hard to cope and declare Carlson “over” because they know they can’t control him and can’t stop him, and it drives them absolutely bananas.

Bless their hearts.

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