Tucker Carlson Accuses Fox of Fraud, Announces Plan to Bring His Show to Twitter

Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday accused the community of breaching his contract and introduced plans to re-launch his present on Twitter.

Carlson introduced that he would deliver his present to Twitter two weeks after he was ousted from Fox.

“Beginning quickly we’ll be bringing a brand new model of the present we’ve been doing for the final six and a half years to Twitter,” he stated within the video. “We deliver another issues too, which we’ll let you know about. However for now we’re simply grateful to be right here. Free speech is the primary proper that you’ve got. With out it, you don’t have any others.”

The transfer would seem to violate Carlson’s contract with Fox. The community needs to maintain paying Carlson to stop him from beginning a competing present till his $25 million-a-year contract expires in January 2025, based on Axios.

Carlson’s authorized group tried to get forward of any contractual disputes on Tuesday, firing off a letter accusing Fox of fraud and breaching Carlson’s contract themselves.

Carlson lawyer Bryan Freedman argued within the letter to Fox executives Viet Dinh and Irena Briganti that Fox workers, together with “Rupert Murdoch himself,” broke guarantees to Carlson “deliberately and with reckless disregard for the reality.”

The attorneys accused Murdoch and Dinh and making “materials representations” to Carlson that have been deliberately damaged, constituting fraud, based on Axios.

The letter accused Fox of breaking an settlement with Carlson to not leak his non-public messages and to not use them “to take any antagonistic employment motion towards him.”

Carlson’s lawyer additionally accused Fox of breaking guarantees to not settle with Dominion Voting Programs “in a approach which might point out wrongdoing” by Carlson and never take any actions in a settlement that will hurt Carlson’s popularity.

Carlson was advised by a member of the Fox board that he was ousted as a part of the Dominion settlement, two sources advised Axios.

“These actions not solely breached the covenant of fine religion and truthful dealing within the Settlement, however give rise to claims for breach of contract, and intentional and negligent misrepresentation,” the letter stated.

A Fox Information spokesperson advised Axios that it was “categorically false” that Carlson was ousted as a part of the Dominion settlement.

“Dominion didn’t insist on them firing Tucker Carlson as a part of the settlement,” an legal professional for Dominion advised the outlet.

Carlson additionally accused Briganti, the longtime Fox PR chief, of looking for to “undermine, embarrass, and intrude” with Carlson’s future enterprise prospects.

“Make no mistake, we intend to subpoena Ms. Briganti’s mobile phone information and associated paperwork, which proof communications along with her and all media, together with, however not restricted to The New York Instances,” the letter stated.

The letter added that Carlson is contemplating litigation towards the community and stated Fox Information should take instant steps to “protect all present paperwork and information” associated to the corporate’s relationship with Carlson.

The phrases of Carlson’s transfer to Twitter are unclear. Twitter CEO Elon Musk, who reportedly spoke with Carlson earlier than the announcement and appeared on one in all his final episodes on Fox, denied that he and Carlson “have signed a deal of any variety in any way.”

“Tucker is topic to the identical guidelines & rewards of all content material creators,” he wrote, including that customers can flag any deceptive info.

“On this platform, not like the one-way avenue of broadcast, individuals are in a position to work together, critique and refute no matter is claimed,” he wrote. “Rewards means subscriptions and promoting income share (coming quickly), which is a perform of how many individuals subscribe and the promoting views related to the content material,” he added. “I hope that many others, notably from the left, additionally select to be content material creators on this platform.”

Nora Benavidez of the progressive non-profit advocacy group Free Press advised NPR that Carlson’s transfer to Musk’s platform “is just not even stunning.”

“It’s simply the most recent in a protracted line of harmful actions Musk takes to erode open discourse and public belief surrounding the platform,” she stated. “Twitter is changing into a fringe community which locations hyper-partisanship, lies, and hate over utility of company insurance policies and sturdy belief and security.”

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