On Monday, Fox News announced that it had “agreed to part ways” with top-rated primetime host Tucker Carlson, but offered no reason for the surprising move, the Associated Press reported.
The New York Times linked Fox’s decision with the lawsuit brought against Fox News by former producer Abby Grossberg, who accused the top-rated host of creating a hostile and discriminatory work environment.
But whatever the reason, Fox ousting Tucker Carlson was seen as good news to some officials from the Pentagon, Politico reported.
According to Politico, the news was received with “delight and outright glee” from some in the “upper levels” of the Pentagon.
Speaking anonymously, one senior Pentagon official told Politico that the country was better off now that Carlson isn’t “bagging on our military every night.”
Another unnamed official was more succinct, telling Politico, “Good riddance.”
When Politico asked Carlson to comment on the reactions from Pentagon officials, the former Fox News host responded in a text with, “Ha! I’m sure.”
Carlson remained largely silent until Wednesday night when he released a video on Twitter.
While not directly addressing the circumstances around his termination, Tucker blasted politicians from both parties and their donors for silencing dissenting voices and shutting down outlets that reveal the truth.
Carlson noted that most of the debate on television is so “unbelievably stupid” and “completely irrelevant” that five years from now, “we won’t even remember that we have them” and added that there are plenty of “undeniably big topics” that don’t get discussed at all, including those that “define our future.”
Tucker argued that these debates aren’t allowed in the American media because both parties and their donors “have reached a consensus on what benefits them” and have colluded to “shut down any conversation about it.”
But Tucker assured viewers that the truth will prevail and there are still places left where Americans can say true things.
He closed his video saying, “See you soon.”