Tucker Carlson claims he has no idea about his grades

Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who regularly draws more than 3 million viewers to his prime-time show, said Thursday he was unaware of his ratings records.

“I don’t know how to read a rating board,” Carlson said in a live interview with Semafor co-founder Ben Smith. “Ask anyone who works for me or has worked with me. I never look at reviews. I’m not on review emails. I’m not even on emails.”

Fox News did not return Insider’s request for comment on whether Carlson has a work email account.

Smith, formerly of Politico, BuzzFeed News and The New York Times, pressed Carlson on the matter of continuing the ratings.

“But you’re in the ratings business, basically,” Smith said.

“Slow down – I don’t know what my grades are, and I really mean it,” Carlson replied. “You might not believe me. I don’t own a television, it’s true.”

In April 2020, Carlson broke the record for the most-watched cable news program in United States history, averaging over 4.5 million viewers for that quarter.

Smith also asked Carlson what he really believed, specifically whether he thought white people were “superior”, referring to Carlson’s well-documented use of the same language by white nationalists and proponents of the theory of “Great Replacement”.

“You spend a lot of time laughing at the labels thrown at you,” Smith said earlier in the live interview. “Racist, white supremacist, host of the most racist show in cable TV history…Do you believe white people are superior to other races?”

Carlson laughed at the question almost immediately.

“Of course not,” the Fox News host said with a chuckle before Smith tried to rephrase the question.

“First of all, I’m a Christian, so I think God created everyone, and therefore everyone has equal value in his eyes,” Carlson said. “Every person’s core value is the same. But the idea that I have some kind of deep racial animosity, it’s like – I think there’s a lot of criticism you could throw at me – sometimes I exaggerating the case, I’m pissed off, I can be very mean… I mean, if you looked at my texts, or listened to my personal conversations, or read my mind, you wouldn’t find any instances where I’m like, ‘I am angry with Black people.’

“One hundred percent of the people I’m mad at are well-educated white liberals,” he continued. “In my mind, the archetypal person I don’t like is like a 38-year-old white lawyer with a barren personal life. She’s the one who yells at me on airplanes.”

Carlson’s rhetoric on immigration and race often plays into the “they” versus “you” dichotomy — as The New York Times recounts in a comprehensive video review — and dovetails with his portrayal of elites versus the working class.

Fox News has also gone out of its way to defend Carlson against allegations of promoting white nationalist ideology, most recently after the May mass shooting in Buffalo, where the alleged shooter’s manifesto repeated replacement theory rhetoric. but did not mention the host or network by name. .

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