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Fox News has parted ways with Blake Neff, one of Tucker Carlson’s top writers on the Monday-through-Friday show that gets monster ratings, for what the network deemed “abhorrent” “and deeply offensive” online conduct.
According to Media Buzz host Howard Kurtz, the separation stemmed from “extremely serious disclosures” about Neff’s alleged anonymous online activity revealed by CNN, he said yesterday.
Kurtz characterized the postings during a five-year period as “very ugly stuff,” allegedly including dropping N-bombs in racist jokes, homophobic slurs, ridiculing the Mormon religion, and “mocking a woman’s dating life.”
(Source: Fox News)
To find out more, tune in this evening to Tucker Carlson Tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern, where Carlson himself will address the matter directly.
In the meantime, through an internal memo distributed to employees on Saturday, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace outlined their zero-tolerance reaction to Neff’s social media content, about which they had no previous knowledge.
“Yesterday we learned that now-former employee Blake Neff, a writer on Tucker Carlson Tonight, made horrendous and deeply offensive racist, sexist and homophobic comments under a pseudonym on the forum AutoAdmit,
“We want to make abundantly clear that Fox News Media strongly condemns this horrific racist, misogynistic and homophobic behavior. Neff’s abhorrent conduct on this forum was never divulged to the show or the network until Friday, at which point we swiftly accepted his resignation. Make no mistake, actions such as his cannot and will not be tolerated at any time in any part of our workforce.”
Tucker Carlson is presiding over the most significant cable news show in the entire media landscape., with President Trump himself often watching from the White House.
In part because of his stirring monologues that take both Democrats and Republicans to task for failing the American people, Tucker Carlson Tonight has become the highest rated news show in cable TV history.
“When asked in a 2018 appearance on Fox’s ‘The Five’ about the writing process for his show, Carlson said he spends hours working on scripts, but referred to Neff by name, saying he was a ‘wonderful writer’ and acknowledging his assistance. And Carlson credited Neff in the acknowledgments of his book, ‘Ship of Fools,’ for providing research. In the acknowledgments, Carlson said that Neff and two others who helped with the book ‘work on and greatly improve our nightly show on Fox,’ CNN reported.
Ratings-challenged CNN seemingly is trying to make this a matter of guilt by association, but it probably won’t work. Tucker Carlson Tonight has weathered an advertiser boycott prompted by anti-free-speech, left-wing activists.
Tucker’s audience, including the 25-54 cohort, continues to grow, however, along with his influence, with some Republicans touting him as a 2024 presidential candidate.
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