Incel messiah Tucker Carlson debuted his new Twitter streaming show this week, and it’s now two episodes in, with Elon Musk apparently gaming the Twitter platform to wildly over-inflate how many views the videos appear to be getting.
Would you give up a reported $25 million severance package to start a low-budget, ten-minute Twitter show that pays you nothing whatsoever? That appears to be what fired Fox News tantrum personalty Tucker Carlson is doing. We learned last month that the freshly shitcanned Carlson would be taking his TV act to Twitter, and the first two episodes were posted this week. And Axios reported earlier this week that Fox News attorneys say Carlson is breaching his Fox contract, thereby jeopardizing his golden parachute from the network.
The production of this show is so poor it makes the old Bloggingheads.tv look like a James Cameron movie. But Elon Musk’s blue-check suck-ass brigade is busily parroting the demonstrable baloney that the Twitter show is getting an exponentially larger audience than Fox News ever did. Sure, Carlson’s first episode on Tuesday (click if you must) currently displays as having more than 111 million views, and the second episode from Thursday is displaying 46 million views.
Tucker Carlson’s first episode on Twitter on June 6th reached 23.5M video views so far (and 106M impressions).— Chief Nerd (@TheChiefNerd) June 8, 2023
Here is how that stacks up against the Fox News ratings for the same day.
It’s not even close. https://t.co/62LF0LrZnr@TuckerCarlson @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/6DUsORQzdW
But these numbers are bullshit! Carlson's videos are set to autoplay, so it counts as a full view even if you scroll right past the post on your timeline without even noticing it. Forbes verifies this, reporting that “views are registered if users saw the post through Twitter’s app or a web browser and does not take into account how long the video is watched.”
Why did this happen? We've got some ideas.https://t.co/ypvkAVYGu6— (((BrokeAssStuart))) (@BrokeAssStuart) June 9, 2023
The reviews are coming in, and many are quite funny. Business Insider says Carlson “looked like he was broadcasting from a terribly constructed horror-movie set.” Variety writes that the setting was “complete with unfinished wood and fishing rods that clashed with his preppy tie and blue blazer attire.” The New York Times quips that Carlson’s conspiratorial ravings were the “intersection of Fox News and Fox Mulder,” and adds, “The overall look is talk-show Green Acres, or Ron Swanson if he shaved and went to prep school.”
Forbes also confirms that Carlson is not getting paid for this. That outlet says that Musk “said last month that Twitter and Carlson have not signed a deal for the show, but noted that the host could potentially receive some subscription and advertising revenue-sharing.”
Speaking of showing maps to people who did not possess a security clearance…— Love your neighbor (@loveisphere) June 9, 2023
Kid Rock to Tucker Carlson: "We're looking at maps and shit. I'm like, you know, I'm like, 'Am I supposed to be like, in on this shit?'" pic.twitter.com/xJuk9l2x3J
So Tucker Carlson is getting a little news bump out of starting a Twitter show. But what may end up being more newsworthy for Carlson in the long run, in the wake of Thursday's Trump indictments, is the legitimate possibility that it was accidentally revealed on Carlson’s Fox News show that one of the people that Trump showed classified documents to was Kid Rock.
Screenshot: @TuckerCarlson via Twitter