NBC News correspondent Tom Costello worried on Tuesday that no one would be able to “police” former Fox News host Tucker Carlson if his show aired on Twitter.
Costello brought in ousted CNN anchor — and regular Fox News critic — Brian Stelter to discuss the situation, responding to Carlson’s announcement that he planned to bring a similar version of his popular show back to Twitter in the near future.
NBC’s reaction to Tucker Carlson’s Twitter show announcement: “Will anybody be able to police what Carlson says or is this the point? It’s just a free for all?”
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“Twitter was already under fire for misinformation, disinformation, all-out lies, anti-Semitism, racism before Elon Musk took over and now it’s gotten kind of crazy, right? Seemingly unmoored, if you will,” Costello began.
Pivoting to the direct question, Costello asked, “Will anybody be able to police what Carlson says? Or is this the point? It’s just a free-for-all?”
Stelter quickly agreed that having no rules appeared to be the point, saying, “It is a free-for-all, it’s what Elon Musk wants to provide. This move by Tucker may cement the idea of Twitter as a Right-wing website, and we see some users trying to go off to other sites instead.”
In his Tuesday announcement, Carlson said that he wanted to take his show to Twitter because he believed it to be one of the few places where free speech was truly allowed — and even valued — and because Twitter as a platform did not take political sides.
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Twitter owner Elon Musk revealed after Carlson’s announcement that he had not been a part of any signed deal with the ousted Fox News host — but in the hours that followed, he reached out to former CNN anchor Don Lemon (who was fired by his own network the same day Fox announced Carlson’s departure) and suggested he come to Twitter as well.
“Have you considered doing your show on this platform? Maybe worth a try. Audience is much bigger,” Musk tweeted in response to Lemon’s April 24 tweet announcing his termination.
Have you considered doing your show on this platform? Maybe worth a try. Audience is much bigger.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 10, 2023