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Report: Racist texting helped Fox oust Tucker Carlson


NEW YORK (AP) — Text messages leading to Fox News parting ways with star host Tucker Carlson included a text where he stated that beating a protester by Trump supporters “wasn’t the way white people fight,” according to The New York Times.

The text was one of several posts from Carlson and other Fox News hosts that came to light in a libel lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems against the network for making false accusations that the company’s machines were used to steal the 2020 election from former President Donald Trump.

The parties settled just as the trial was getting underway, with Fox agreeing to pay Dominion nearly $800 million.

While some of Carlson’s lyrics have been released publicly, the one quoted by the Times remains redacted by the court, as do numerous other pieces of evidence. Media organizations, including The Associated Press, continue to try to shut down the newsrooms.

The Times reports that Carlson sent the text to a producer hours after Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. He describes a video he saw a few weeks earlier of Trump supporters beating someone he described as “an Antifa kid.” .”

Carlson wrote of his conflicting emotions watching the fight, which he described as “at least three to one”.

“Pumping on such a man is, of course, dishonorable,” he wrote, according to the Times. “White men don’t fight like that.”

“I have to remember that someone somewhere probably loves this kid and would be crushed if he was killed,” Carlson wrote, after admitting that a part of him was after the attackers. “If I don’t care about those things, if I reduce people to their politics, how am I better than him?”

For his deposition last month, Carlson was Fox’s top-rated host. He sparked controversy for supporting theories such as the idea that immigrants are allowed into the US to “replace” people born here. Critics have called that white supremacy, an accusation he has denied.

Messages sent to Carlson and his attorney on Wednesday seeking comment were not immediately returned.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.