‘I hate him passionately’: Tucker Carlson secretly loathed Donald Trump

‘I hate him passionately’: Tucker Carlson secretly loathed Donald Trump. By David Bauder at the Sydney Morning Herald, whose mission is to interpret every news event in a way that makes woke people feel better about themselves.

A defamation lawsuit is revealing scornful behind-the-scenes opinions by Fox News figures about Donald Trump, including a Tucker Carlson text message declaring, “I hate him passionately.” …

Voting machine manufacturer Dominion Voting Systems is suing Fox News for $US1.6 billion ($2.4 billion), claiming the network broadcast false claims that the company was responsible for fraud in the 2020 presidential election. The case is to go to trial this spring, and a trove of documents related to Fox’s actions after the election are being publicly released in advance.

A common theme emerging from the internal documents and depositions is that Murdoch, Fox executives and hosts doubted the election claims being peddled by Trump and his allies, but aired and emphasised them anyway. Fox was growing concerned about a decline in viewership as Trump supporters turned away from the network after it — correctly — called Joe Biden the presidential winner in Arizona on election night.

The exchanges include Carlson’s text conversation on January 4, 2021, with an unknown person, in which the prime time host expressed anger toward Trump.

Carlson said that “we are very, very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights” and that “I truly can’t wait”.

Carlson said he had no doubt there was fraud in the 2020 election, but that Trump and his lawyers had so discredited their case — and media figures like himself — “that it’s infuriating. Absolutely enrages me.” …

Trump and his team also have accused Fox of giving his latest campaign for the presidency little attention and favouring a potential challenger for the GOP nomination, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Fox and Trump have long had a complicated relationship. While he frequently has used the network to reach its audience, he also has been furious at a perceived lack of loyalty, most prominently after the 2020 election.

Murdoch did not allow any of his publications to question the US 2020 election results. Just frequent assertions that Biden won fairly, without evidence, investigation, or debate. Force, but no persuasion.