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Tucker & Elon: A Shotgun Media Marriage for Our Times

For Tucker Carlson and ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight‘ refugees, Twitter was the best option immediately available.
For Tucker Carlson and ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight‘ refugees, Twitter was the best option immediately available. Photo: OGUT/Star Max/GC Images
Tina Nguyen
May 10, 2023

On Tuesday afternoon, Tucker Carlson reappeared on Twitter for only the second time since he was exiled from Fox News to announce his next move… to Twitter. Brow furrowed and poorly lit in what appeared to be one of his wood-paneled homes, Carlson said he would be relaunching his show—or some version thereof—on Elon Musk’s increasingly right-wing-friendly social media platform. It was the latest indication that Carlson will drape himself as a free speech absolutist, a foil to the corporatist Murdoch regime, and that he is betting on himself, as the kids say these days—all while informally allying with perhaps the second most powerful conservative in America, a 51-year-old online edgelord who would almost certainly be running for president if he hadn’t been born in South Africa.