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Tucker Carlson has lost his job – but the far right has won the battle for the mainstream

By Owen Jones

26 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Tucker Carlson has left Fox News, but the "paranoid style" of conspiratorial thinking that he and others promoted has radically reshaped rightwing politics, argues Guardian columnist Owen Jones.

It is difficult to begrudge anyone for celebrating the downfall of far-right provocateur Tucker Carlson, ignominiously ejected from Fox News. Slack-jawed, spitting rage, his tirades were calculated at stirring the resentment of angry white America: from declaring that immigrants made the US dirtier and poorer to embracing the “great replacement theory”, which spreads the noxious lie that the authorities were deliberately “undermining democracy” by replacing US-born Americans with immigrants.

Fox staff were reportedly jubilant at his departure. Perhaps this quote from a Fox reporter, in which they celebrate seeing the back of the network’s premier conspiracy theorist, will give you pause: “It’s a great day for America, and for the real journalists who work hard every day to deliver the news at Fox.”

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