What is Tucker Carlson famous for?
54-year-old journalist Tucker Carlson has worked in American media for more than 30 years. The New Yorker named him 2023's best-known supporter of Trumpism and "the most influential voice in right-wing media." Carlson began his career as a fact-checker at the conservative magazine Policy Review. Then he joined The Weekly Standard, interviewed George W. Bush for Talk magazine in 1999, and wrote for New York and Reader's Digest, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and others.
- Since 2000, Carlson has been a commentator and then host of a debate program on CNN, hosted MSNBC's evening program "Tucker" in 2005, and became a political analyst for Fox News in 2009 before launching his own political talk show. From November 2016 to April 2023, he hosted “An Evening with Tucker Carlson,” which became one of the most popular in the country. There he earned $15–20 million a year, Forbes wrote. In 2021, he was included in the hundred most influential people of the year according to Time magazine.
- In April 2023, Fox News fired Carlson and canceled his show without any explanation. After Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, Carlson and other Fox News journalists accused electronic voting system makers Dominion Voting Systems and its competitor Smartmatic of conspiring to rig the election in favor of Joe Biden. Corporations decided to sue the media. Fox News published refutations and reached a pre-trial agreement with Dominion, paying $787 million for the claim.
- In 2010, Carlson became the co-founder and first editor-in-chief of the conservative website The Daily Caller until he sold his stake and left in 2020. Liberal media often accused Carlson of conspiracy theories and even called him a “right-wing extremist.” Nevertheless, the journalist repeatedly critically rethought even his own views. He consistently criticized abortion, US migration policy and US foreign interference, and advocated for improving relations with Russia.