Popular former Fox News Host and Twitter owner Elon Musk are reportedly considering a partnership that could reshape the media field.
No major details have been released yet, but the two public figures are reportedly considering how to make such an alliance work.
Musk was one of the last high-profile interviews Carlson aired on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Carlson is reportedly considering a similar path as his predecessor at Fox News, Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly created a successful media company, which could be one possible path for Carlson.
Furthermore, a potential partnership with Musk could provide a much larger audience, including both the ratings of Carlson and the reach of Twitter.
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Furthermore, Carlson has reportedly been offered several potential contracts from conservative news outlets Rumble and Newsmax.
The former anchor did not announce formal plans but issued a statement after his departure from Fox News.
He said that “big issues” such as “war, civil liberties, emerging science, demographic change, corporate power, natural resources” get “virtually no discussion at all.”
Carlson also said that the lack of discussion on those issues indicates that the United States is like a “one-party state.” He said that the political and media institutions have “given up persuasion” and instead were “resorting to force.”
Over the past year, Musk received considerable credit from conservative figures for allowing a number of banned accounts, including former President Donald Trump, back on Twitter.
Carlson’s contract with Fox includes a clause that would pay him $20 million per year to prevent him from signing another media deal until early 2025.
The host hired Bryan Freedman, an accomplished media attorney, to represent him. Freedman said that the “idea that anyone is going to silence Tucker and prevent him from speaking to his audience is beyond preposterous.”
He asked where “you still find Americans saying true things?”
Any potential partnership could upend traditional media, especially Fox News. The network’s reach has been seriously impacted by the departure of its most popular host, leading to speculation regarding how long the network will retain its top ratings spot among the major networks.