Fox News has taken legal action in response to the publication of former anchor Tucker Carlson’s texts on the Media Matters website.
It also comes after video footage of Carlson complaining about the Fox Nation streaming platform was released online. Media Matters is a liberal investigative website that has dedicated a substantial portion of its existence to harming Fox News.
Mediaite reported that the letter from Fox News counsel was sent to Media Matters CEO Angelo Carusone.
Sincerely, Mr Carusone
We are writing on behalf of FOX Corporation to clarify any misunderstandings that Media Matters may have had concerning previously unaired footage that Media Matters published in a series of articles titled “FOXLEAKS.” This unaired footage is FOX’s confidential intellectual property; FOX did not consent to its distribution or publication and does not consent to its distribution or publication in the future. This confidential information was provided to you without FOX’s permission. FOX demands that Media Matters cease all distribution, publication, and use of Fox’s misappropriated proprietary footage, which you are hereby notified was obtained illegally. We reserve all legal rights and options.
Christopher Chiou, /s/ WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI Professional Corporation Citation: Christopher Chiou
Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly was among those who believed Carlson-related information, including videos and texts, was disclosed by a Fox News employee.
Monday on her SiriusXM program, Kelly criticized her former employer, accusing the network of attempting to destroy another former top-rated host, Tucker Carlson.
She also criticized network spokeswoman Irena Briganti for what she termed a “drip, drip, drip” disclosure campaign against Tucker Carlson.
Kelly was joined by Chaya Raichik, the founder of Libs of TikTok, and the two discussed the disclosed private footage of Tucker Carlson to the far-left group Media Matters, which they believe is having the opposite effect intended.
The video depicts Tucker Carlson conversing on the phone with an unidentified individual while on the set of his program “Tucker Carlson Today.”
“The conversation appeared to coincide with Carlson’s interview with controversial influencer Andrew Tate, whose misogynistic views went viral last year, months before his arrest in Romania as part of a human trafficking and rape investigation. Although the video is not dated, Media Matters noted that Carlson’s interview with Tate aired in August 2022,” Mediaite reported.
“I don’t want to be a slave to Fox Nation, which I don’t think that people watch anyway,” Carlson said during the call, which was taking place on speaker phone. “We’re gonna — because, you know, I’m like a representative of the American media now, speaking to an exile in Romania and welcoming him back into the brotherhood of journalists.”
He continued by stating that he did not wish to air the Tate interview on Fox’s streaming network, Fox Nation, because “nobody’s gonna watch it” there.
Kelly asked: “Meanwhile, Media Matters for America releases another mysterious outtake of Tucker onset speaking frankly. This happened last week. Two videos were released. By whoever could it be, Irena [Briganti]?”
“So they first leaked to the New York Times,” Kelly said. “This is my supposition for the record because it has yet to be confirmed but I know it is them. And I know it’s Irena Briganti who runs comms and f**king hates Tucker. Sorry. She hates his guts. And it’s mutual. He doesn’t like her either. None of us do. Nobody likes Irena.”
“All of a sudden you have his private text messages. You have these secret new unearthed video footage of him saying these things. It does feel like a lot of people are conspiring together to silence him,” Raichik said.
At one point during Carlson’s call, the topic of conversation appeared to be his attire for the upcoming interview.
“Yeah. It would help us out if you wore a sweater though, because we asked him not to wear a suit,” said an unidentified voice during the call. “Like he was panicking about it and we said, ‘You don’t have to. Tucker’s gonna be looking casual. That’s just how our show looks.’ Is that okay?”
More on this story via Conservative Brief:
“I mean, this is airing on the nighttime show, and I want it to look official. I don’t want it to be like bro talk. You know what I mean?” Carlson said. CONTINUE READING…