Former CNN host Brian Stelter said Tucker Carlson’s decision to stream his show via Twitter will cement the site’s transition to a “right-wing website” during a recent appearance on NBC.
“Twitter was already under fire for misinformation, disinformation, all-out lies, antisemitism, racism, before Elon Musk took over and now it’s gotten kind of crazy, right?” Stelter was asked by the clearly-partisan host. “Will anybody be able to police what Carlson says or is it a free-for-all?”
“This is the point,” Stelter replied. “It is s free for all. It’s what Elon Musk wants to provide. This move from Tucker may cement Twitter as a right-wing website.”
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) May 10, 2023
Stelter joined his former employer, CNN, in melting down over Carlson’s Twitter announcement. “Right-wing extremist Tucker Carlson will relaunch his program on Twitter, a platform he praised as the only remaining large free-speech platform in the world after Fox News fired him late last month,” wrote the network in a tweet and article detailing the announcement.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk stated that Carlson and Musk do not have a financial agreement in place, adding that Carlson would be able to generate ad revenue through subscription fees.
“On this platform, unlike the one-way street of broadcast, people are able to interact, critique and refute whatever is said. And, of course, anything misleading will get Community Notes,” Musk wrote.
“I also want to be clear that we have not signed a deal of any kind whatsoever. Tucker is subject to the same rules & rewards of all content creators,” he added. “Rewards means subscriptions and advertising revenue share (coming soon), which is a function of how many people subscribe and the advertising views associated with the content. I hope that many others, particularly from the left, also choose to be content creators on this platform.”
On this platform, unlike the one-way street of broadcast, people are able to interact, critique and refute whatever is said.
And, of course, anything misleading will get @CommunityNotes.
I also want to be clear that we have not signed a deal of any kind whatsoever. Tucker is… https://t.co/0TMjuYnKUp
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2023
Lawyers for Carlson sent a letter to Fox executives shortly before the Twitter announcement accusing the network of fraud and breach of contract. Carlson is currently under contract until 2025, though Fox wants to continue paying him while preventing a deal with a rival network.