"This is how it is when Ahithophel's consultants, agents, managers and publicists whisper in your ear and finally shout how great you are, greater than everyone around you and in front of you, and finally also greater than the platform that gives you the publicity and fame"
The impeachment case of Fox News star Tucker Carlson continues to reverberate and make headlines in the US days after its immediate context - the historic settlement whereby Fox will pay $787 million to the voting machine company Dominion - became a secondary event in the story. Yesterday (Wednesday) the New York Times revealed a statement The racist text that Carlson sent to one of the producers of his program the day after the storming of Trump supporters on the Congress building in Washington - a message that lit the fuse that led to the explosion between the news network and the popular medium. But it is clear that the context is broader, and also teaches quite a bit about the relationship of forces in the American mass media. To that end We are on the line with
- he wrote news here and - voila! Barangay in Los Angeles.
Carlson has expressed himself more than once in a provocative manner, why was he removed just now?
"You have to keep in mind the larger context, the simultaneous dismissal of CNN star Don Lemon. Carlson and Lemon have become a problem for the two rival networks not only because of their strange and absurd appearances on the air - but because of the hubris - the egos they have cultivated over the years and the personal behavior of both of them towards employees in their environment, and finally Toward their superiors. This is how it is when Ahithophel's advisors, agents, managers and publicists whisper in your ear and finally shout how great you are, greater than everyone around you and in front of you, and finally also greater than the platform that gives you publicity and fame. Great and many have fallen for this, in news and entertainment, in Israel as well. One also committed suicide."
It should be mentioned that they did not invent the genre.
"True, there are plenty of examples near and far. CNN's Chris Cuomo became a campaigner for his brother, the governor of New York state who was embroiled in harassment, and finally demanded that the entire network align with his narrative. It was ludicrous. We talked about it. Fox's Bill O'Reilly, Carlson's predecessor at the prestigious 20:00 in the evening, he was convinced that he was immune even when evidence of harassment began to accumulate against him. And he was wrong. The most amazing example of all is the movie "Broadcasting Network" which, almost 50 years after it was released, is like a self-fulfilling prophecy, when the main star of that broadcasting network loses his It's going to crazy places, some of which are being revealed before our eyes today."
Tucker Carlson (Photo: GettyImages)
"When a war breaks out, the first victim is the truth. Carlson became the biggest scandal in the history of news broadcasting because of the great resonance that the liberal press like the New York Times and CNN itself give to the issue, and are happy to turn the knife in Fox's bloody back"
Of course, there is also a broader context here, of a war between liberal media and conservative media.
"True, this is a war on consciousness. And when a war breaks out, the first victim is the truth. Everyone lies. Carlson became the biggest scandal in the history of news broadcasting because of the great resonance that the liberal press like the New York Times and CNN itself give to the issue - and are even happy to turn the knife in the bloody back of Fox. Until today, the Dan Rader affair was considered the greatest of all, but today it pales. 20 years ago, Rader published a "shaking and completely false" investigation about then-President Bush, Jr., after he had also fallen out with his father, President Bush, Sr. CBS made him apologize, the world continued to turn , and gently showed him the door a few months later."
And what's next?
Lemon published a message crying, Carlson will go to war?
"In the end, these are arrangements anchored in the contracts in the event of an immediate stoppage of work, and both were thrown out overnight. They were not allowed to say goodbye for fear of provocation on the air. This is how it is in America. Obviously there will be huge lawsuits, but in the case of Carlson, the heads of the network realized that they were unable to withstand a flood of lawsuits and the threats of lawsuits because of him I hear that the insurance companies that are supposed to protect media organizations in such cases, and with them the shareholders, demanded to clear the table as part of the agreement to pay an amount when Murdoch and his people cannot write such a check."
A fertile ground that will continue to occupy America for a long time to come.
Trump (Photo: Reuters)
So what did we learn from the event, if anything?
"The problem is greater than the sum of its components. The affair of the 2020 elections and Trump's claim of stealing them is a fertile ground that will continue to occupy America for a long time, certainly in next year's elections as well. The loss of truth and credibility in all channels on the left and right is a big problem that has become a snake that bites itself. All for the sake of my particles Rating points that translate (also in Israel) immediately into money. Carlson will find a hostel for himself wherever he wants in the right-wing channels, or set up a YouTube channel for himself to be distributed online as his predecessors did. Don't be surprised if he also runs into politics. In the end he speaks to millions who swallow the agility of his language even when it is clear that he is disconnected from reality The question that needs to be asked is why the mainstream media has lost such large audiences and is now trying to fight the fake of the social networks with their own tools. The event is in full swing."