In the weeks since voters hit the polls, Fox News has taken a lot of flak from fans who say the network botched its coverage of the results of the 2020 elections. Unverified reports from sources like Newsmax even alleged that Fox had suspended host Jeanine Pirro for a week over the judge’s “staunch defense” of President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud — and it seems some were worried that network favorite Tucker Carlson would be next.
According to Breitbart, however, the host of Tucker Carlson Tonight said Monday that any rumors that he and his program might be “leaving Fox News” are false. In fact, Carlson said, his team is “working on a project to expand the amount of reporting and analysis we do.”
In a statement to Breitbart, Fox said Carlson “was addressing the rumors that started from a Facebook post that circulated on Parler.”
“Over the weekend, we got a lot of calls asking if we’re leaving Fox News,” Carlson said Monday. “Ironically, at that very moment, we were working on a project to expand the amount of reporting and analysis we do in this hour across other parts of the company.”
“Not going anywhere”
According to Breitbart, Carlson was clear that he has no plans to ditch Fox, even as conservatives seem to be fleeing the network and as reports indicate that President Trump may be trying to start a right-leaning media outlet of his own to compete with Fox’s empire.
“This show is not going anywhere. It is getting bigger,” Carlson said during his Monday program, according to Breitbart. “People who run Fox News want more of it, not less, and we are grateful for that.”
Carlson said he’ll have more information “soon” about what he has in store for his program. In the meantime, he thanked viewers for their continued trust. “We’ll do our best to be worthy of it,” the Tucker Carlson Tonight host said, as Breitbart reported. Take a look:
According to The Guardian, the latest criticisms of Fox began on election night, when the network called the state of Arizona a win for former Vice President Joe Biden, a move that many argued came much too early. Outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post didn’t call the race in Arizona until more than a week later, on Nov. 12.
It didn’t help matters when, in the days following the election, Fox anchor Neil Cavuto insisted on cutting away from White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany while she was outlining to reporters the potential for voter fraud. “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” Cavuto told his audience, according to The Independent. “She’s charging the other side as welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting. Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue to show you this.”
While reports that he may be planning to launch a news source of his own haven’t been confirmed, even Trump himself hasn’t been quiet about Fox amid the controversy.
.@FoxNews daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE. Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was @FoxNews!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2020