During a recent broadcast, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld made a striking comparison between the advertiser boycott of Elon Musk’s platform X and the network’s own decision to terminate Tucker Carlson.
Gutfeld asserted that both Musk and Carlson pose significant challenges to the ruling elite. He highlighted that top brands like Disney, Apple and Walmart have ceased advertising on X following Musk’s comments, which were labeled as “antisemitic.”
Musk clarified that his remarks were aimed at the ADL (Anti-Defamation League), which has been pressuring advertisers on the platform for over a year, yet the boycott persists.
“Musk may be the last man standing between real freedom of speech and the suffocating block of the censorship Industrial complex which is made up of government media and tech forces,” Gutfeld said. “He realizes that advertisers have no spine and could be easily cowed by special interest groups in cahoots with political allies. If you don’t believe me, I got two words for you: Tucker Carlson.”
This comment from Gutfeld was met with surprise by the panel, as Fox News reportedly prohibits its employees from mentioning Carlson on air. This ban extended to Carlson’s recent interview with a former president, which was not discussed during the network-hosted opening Republican debate. Despite this, the Trump-Carlson interview on X garnered over 70 million views, significantly outperforming the debate.
Carlson, previously the highest-rated host on cable news before his unexpected departure, is currently embroiled in legal issues with Fox News over a contract dispute. The contract prevented him from signing with several cable news competitors, but it did not mention Twitter/X.
After leaving Fox News, Carlson began broadcasting on X and has continued to do so. Nevertheless, Fox News has issued him a cease-and-desist letter.
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