(PatriotWise.com) — Fox News sent a letter threatening legal action to Tucker Carlson immediately after the initial broadcast of his new show. Tucker on Twitter first screened on June 6th and was watched by over 100 million people in its first week. Fox alleges that Carlson is in breach of contract because he must maintain his services exclusively for the conservative network, not its competitors. However, the anchor’s lawyers say that Twitter is not a competitor, so the contract terms do not apply.
Carlson’s attorney Brian Freedman said, “Fox defends its very existence on freedom of speech grounds. Now they want to take Tucker Carlson’s right to speak freely away from him because he took to social media to share his thoughts on current events.”
The popular host abruptly left the Fox network in April. No reason was given, but speculation suggests Carlson was fired for his part in the Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit that cost the network $787 million. Dominion, one of the companies that supplied the vote-counting machinery for the 2020 Presidential election, sued Fox for defamation claiming its coverage of Donald Trump’s claim the election was rigged had a detrimental effect on its business.
The network is also being sued by a second voting systems company in a lawsuit that is expected to settle at great expense to Fox.
When Carlson departed from the network, its viewership fell by around 50%. Carlson announced a short time later that he was to launch a new broadcast on Twitter, which he praised as a beacon of free speech in an era of censorship. Elon Musk, Twitter’s CEO, later confirmed Mr. Carlson’s new show but said there had been no formal contract and Carlson would stream on Twitter just like any other user.
His first broadcast covered various topics, including the war in Ukraine, Jeffrey Epstein, September 11th, and UFOs. On his second show on June 8th, he addressed the recent indictment of former President Donald Trump.
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