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There’s a ‘Heavy Price’ to Be Paid for Telling Truth

Tuck­er Carl­son deliv­ered at The Her­itage Foundation’s 50th anniver­sary gala out­side of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., over the week­end proved prophet­ic after Fox News announced Mon­day that the net­work was part­ing ways with the con­ser­v­a­tive firebrand.

Carl­son said at the Fri­day night event at Nation­al Har­bor, Mary­land that there is a “heavy price” to be paid for telling the truth, but it is lib­er­at­ing and empow­er­ing to do it.

“Tuck­er Carl­son Tonight” was the top-rat­ed pro­gram on Fox News, aver­ag­ing over 3 mil­lion view­ers per night in March, so the announce­ment of Carlson’s depart­ment came as a shock to the pub­lic.
And it was appar­ent­ly a sur­prise to Carl­son, too, who’d end­ed his Fri­day show by say­ing, “We’ll be back Monday.”

The Los Ange­les Times report­ed Mon­day, based on unnamed sources, that the deci­sion to fire Carl­son came right from Fox Corp. chair­man Rupert Mur­doch.
Accord­ing to the Times’ sources, Mur­doch was angry about a recent law­suit brought by for­mer Fox News pro­duc­er Abby Gross­berg in which she accused Carl­son and the net­work of dis­crim­i­nat­ing against her.

Mur­doch was also not pleased with Carlson’s cov­er­age of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capi­tol incur­sion, specif­i­cal­ly when he ques­tioned what role fed­er­al law enforce­ment agen­cies may have played that day.
Carl­son has not shied away from con­tro­ver­sy, such as crit­i­ciz­ing sev­er­al poli­cies imple­ment­ed dur­ing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dur­ing his Fri­day night Her­itage remarks, Carl­son argued that truth is con­ta­gious, but added there can be be a heavy price to be paid for telling it.

“Once you say one true thing and stick with it. All kinds of oth­er true things occur to you. The truth is con­ta­gious. Lying is, but the truth is, as well,”

he said. 

“And the sec­ond you decide to tell the truth about some­thing, you are filled with this, I don’t want to get super­nat­ur­al on you, but you are filled with this pow­er from some­where else,” Carl­son con­tin­ued. “The more you tell the truth, the stronger you become.”

Con­verse­ly, he argued, 

“The more you lie, the weak­er and more ter­ri­fied you become.”

Tuck­er then deliv­ered the line that has tak­en on greater sig­nif­i­cance after the events of Monday.

“But you look around and you see these peo­ple, and some of them real­ly have paid a heavy price for telling the truth. They are cast out of their groups, what­ev­er those groups are, but they do it any­way. And I look on at those peo­ple with the deep­est pos­si­ble admi­ra­tion. I’m paid to do that. I face no penalty,” 

he said.

“Some­one came up and said, ‘You’re so brave.’ Real­ly? I’m a talk show host. It’s like, ‘I can have any opin­ion I want. That’s my job. That’s why they pay me. It’s not brave to tell the truth on a cable news show. And if you’re not doing that, you’re real­ly an idiot,’” 

Carl­son added.

He was under­selling him­self.
Carlson’s been will­ing to say on air what many would not, and it looks like that’s at least part of the rea­son Fox end­ed his show.

Near the start of what became a stel­lar career, Carl­son worked as a copy edi­tor for The Her­itage Foun­da­tion, as a report in The Hill not­ed Monday.

Dur­ing an on-stage inter­view Fri­day night after Carlson’s speech, Her­itage Foun­da­tion pres­i­dent Kevin Roberts told Carlson, 

“If things go south at Fox News, we have a place for you at Heritage.”

“You saved me before,” 

Carl­son said.

So it looks like Carl­son has at least one place to land — in fact, accord­ing to The Dai­ly Sig­nal, the news site oper­at­ed by The Her­itage Foun­da­tion, Roberts pub­licly renewed the offer on Monday.

Com­pa­ny Said

“I was stunned to hear the news today but am con­fi­dent Tuck­er will find a new plat­form to chal­lenge the Wash­ing­ton regime, ask tough ques­tions, and hold the rul­ing elite accountable,”

Roberts told The Dai­ly Signal.

“To the man him­self, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there will always be a home here for you, Tucker.”

Some­thing tells me he’ll have sev­er­al options that will allow him to freely express the truth.