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Two days after “parting ways” with Fox News with no explanation, Tucker Carlson made his first big move by releasing a video that broke the Internet — and garnered a staggered 79 million views.
The video drew a bigger audience than all of Fox News primetime shows — combined.
Carlson used the opportunity to share a positive message with his viewers.
“Good evening,” Carlson said, exactly how he began his nightly monologues at Fox News.
“One of the first things you realize when you step outside the noise for a few days is how many genuinely nice people there are in this country,” Carlson said. “Kind and decent people, people who really care about what’s true, and a bunch of hilarious
“The other thing you notice when you take a little time off is how unbelievably stupid the debates you see on television are, they’re completely irrelevant,” Carlson continued. “They mean nothing.”
“In five years, we won’t even remember that we had them,” he said. “Trust me as someone who has participated.”
“Suddenly, the United States looks very much like a one-party state,” he added.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk revealed that Twitter “did nothing special whatsoever” that caused in Tucker Carlson’s comeback video to receive 79 million views.
During an appearance on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Musk said, “To be clear, we did nothing special whatsoever. It’s just that Twitter has a lot of people’s attention.”
Musk said he didn’t even know about the video until after it went viral.
Here’s Carlson’s “comeback video”:
Good evening pic.twitter.com/SPrsYKWKCE
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 27, 2023
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As Carlson’s Fox News ouster continues to dominate the news cycle, there is perhaps no piece of media more relevant to the national conversation than his response video, which was equal parts hopeful about the future and insightful in its critique of the present.
In the classic monologue style he has become known for, Carlson criticized the current cable news circuit — including, presumably, his former employer — and its tendency to promote meaningless conversations and soundbites.
Without sharing any specific plans, Carlson hinted that his future endeavors may be aimed at bringing relevant conversations back to the forefront of American political dialogue.
“When honest people say what’s true, calmly and without embarrassment, they become powerful. At the same time, the liars who have been trying to silence them shrink, and they become weaker. That’s the iron law of the universe: True things prevail, ” Carlson said.