How the Left’s activists killed the Tucker Carlson Show with a few phone calls and lies

How the Left’s activists killed the Tucker Carlson Show with a few phone calls and lies. By Seth Grossman.

Tucker Carlson’s program had been on life support since December 18, 2018. That is when “progressive” Democrats cancelled most of its sponsors.

The progressives hate it when they are de-cloaked:

On December 13, 2018, Tucker Carlson did a segment on the effects of massive, uncontrolled, and often illegal immigration from poor countries. Tucker showed videos of caravans of illegal immigrants coming to our borders, and of the piles of garbage they left behind. Tucker explained how this was hurting America in many ways. He criticized political leaders of both parties and business elites for ignoring the problem.

Tucker agreed that most of the immigrants themselves were “nice people”. However, he concluded:

“But as an economic matter this is insane. It’s indefensible, so no one even tries to defend it. Instead, our leaders demand that you shut up and accept this. We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our country poorer and dirtier and more divided.”

Everything Tucker Carlson said was true, undisputed, and reasonable. It had all been said many times by many political leaders and economic experts.

In 2016, candidate Donald Trump won widespread, mainstream support by promising to fix these problems. Trump promised a border wall and strict enforcement of immigration laws. Tucker Carlson was correct to remind his viewers of how the leaders of both parties were ignoring this critical issue. …

So the left acted to get rid of Carlson and non-subservient Fox:

The Left used Tucker’s December 13, 2018 program to begin an orchestrated campaign to eliminate Tucker Carlson’s program, and possibly the entire Fox News network, from cable television.

For the next two days, various “progressives” made phone calls and sent letters and emails to every company and ad agency that bought ads on the Tucker Carlson program.

For the next week, the mainstream media reported non-stop that there was national outrage over Tucker’s remarks. They reported that advertisers and ad agencies were angry and embarrassed by what Tucker Carlson had said.

Within days, at least 26 mainstream corporate sponsors publicly announced that they would no longer sponsor the Tucker Carlson program. …

When these sponsors left, Tucker Carlson had only “second tier” sponsors paying much lower rates. … The Tucker Carlson program may have had a superstar, prime-time audience. But it had the income of something like a 1970s late-night TV show sponsored by Veg-O-Matic and Ginsu Knives.

Money from “second tier” advertisers alone cannot sustain a prime-time TV program on a major network very long. Although Tucker Carlson was on the air until last week, it was doomed since December of 2018.

Trump did … nothing:

All this happened when Republican Donald Trump was president. To the best of my knowledge, neither Trump nor anyone in his administration ordered any investigation to find out. Neither President Trump nor any national Republican official did or said anything to defend or help Tucker Carlson in any way. There were no investigations by Congress. …

Failed to defend Tucker or build a wall

I suspect that a Democrat president would have handled things far differently if Christians or conservatives bullied advertisers of a popular “progressive” TV host on a network like CNN or MSNBC.

I suspect that the FBI would have subpoenaed phone records and every letter and email. I suspect they would have questioned everyone involved under oath. I suspect that people would have been indicted and prosecuted for making threats. And at some point, all the mainstream corporate sponsors would have been “persuaded” to continue their sponsorship. …

Progressives keep it up:

In April of 2021, the ADL, a once mainstream Jewish group that now promotes a radical left agenda publicly called Tucker Carlson a “racist” and urged Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson. CNN and other news organizations dutifully reported the false accusations of the ADL as headline news.

On May 12, 2022, the New York Times and government-funded NPR falsely claimed that Tucker Carlson created “the most racist show in the history of cable news”.

Periodic attacks like these guaranteed that mainstream corporations would never return to Tucker Carlson. …

The Murdochs fold:

The Murdoch family and Fox News do not seem eager for a fight. I suspect they will soon do whatever Democrats demand as the price for ending the attacks, and getting corporate sponsors to return.

And that’s how the left’s activists win, even when they are a small minority and their views are obviously untrue or reviled by the majority. Lying and bullying their way to power.