Nevertheless, Carlson revealed to his viewers this week that some powerful forces throughout the United States seem determined to force him off the air.
“Form your own judgment”
As Carlson laid out in a monologue on Thursday evening, it is not hard to see why these individuals and organizations would be thrilled to see the end of his influential show.
“Your right to say and think what you want — to read and watch what you want — threatens them above all,” the Fox host claimed. “Why? Because if you have access to information, you can form your own judgment, judgments that are independent of theirs.”
He proceeded to use the reporting of Politico’s Anna Kambhampaty, who detailed Twitter’s decision to suspend the official account of right-wing investigative news outlet Project Veritas.
“They will not rest until there is not a single human being remaining in all of American media who questions any of the platitudes that Anna and her friends memorized at Cornell in lieu of an actual education,” Carlson remarked.
The host went on to allege that such reporters “don’t think about it, they just accept whatever the central committee decides is the slogan of the day,” determining that “anyone who mocks or disagrees with those slogans is silenced.”
“Cannot stand the idea”
Using his own network as a prominent example, Carlson asserted that “Fox News is the most significant hurdle to getting everyone to sing from the same song sheet.”
He described the media outlet as “the last big organization in the American news media that differs in even the smallest ways from other big news organizations.”
Just one day earlier, Nicholas Kristof wrote in an editorial for The New York Times that Fox News and hosts including Carlson should be held accountable along with former President Donald Trump for inciting political violence.
“What Kristof lacks in reason, he makes up for with vehemence,” a defiant Carlson replied on air. “Nick Kristof, in the end, cannot stand the idea that someone, somewhere, might be publicly disagreeing with him, so he’s calling for forcible censorship.”
Carlson’s program has also been targeted by critics in the form of boycott threats directed toward his corporate advertisers, including a recent effort launched in response to the host’s controversial claim that George Floyd was not killed as a direct result of police brutality.