‘When Fox News Turns on Its Own,’

One of the trickier media reporting assignments out there right now is trying to figure out what is going on with Fox News and its fired former star, Tucker Carlson. As New York’s Shawn McCreesh found when trying to make some sense of it this week, the knives are out, the outrage is rampant, agenda-addled off-the-record leaks relentless, and on-the-record, agreed-upon-in-any-way-by-anybody-involved facts few and far between. Which is to say, from the outside, it’s a lot of fun to watch if you have a taste for schadenfreude. But it all comes as a bit of a shock to the former crew of Carlson’s pirate ship, who are used to being the ones trolling and pillaging and are now having their own tactics turned against them. As Shawn writes: “Paranoia, conspiracy, and character assassination — it’s like watching an hour of Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

— Carl Swanson, editor-at-large, New York

When Fox News Turns On Its Own Tucker Carlson’s allies can’t believe this is happening to them.

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