Fox News enjoyed dominance for years during President Donald Trump’s administration. Now the cracks are beginning to form, including for one of their most prominent hosts.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald alleged that Fox News’ Tucker Carlson “a socialist” along with other prominent figures on the right, the Daily Caller reported. Greenwald was comparing socialism in America to the same philosophy in places like Brazil.
Greenwald spoke with hosts Christian Datoc and Omeed Malik on the Daily Caller’s “Wall Street Meets Washington” Monday. He threw Carlson’s name into the mix along with former President Donald Trump and his White House strategist Steve Bannon for the way they handle the mix of government intervention, nationalism, and the free market in a way that is a softer sell for the redistributionist idea.
He cited a particular situation where Carlson sided with Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She opposed Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans “to give tens of millions of dollars to Amazon to bring an office to New York” and Carlson said he “agreed with her completely.” Ocasio-Cortez has herself identified as a democratic socialist.
“I think the vision is, you know, you have this kind of right-wing populism,” Greenwald said, “which really is socialism, that says we should close our borders, not allow unconstrained immigration, and then take better care of our own working-class people, and not allow this kind of transnational, global, corporatist elite to take everything for themselves under the guise of neoliberalism.”
Earlier, Greenwald commented that President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva rose to power by espousing free-market principles while also supporting redistributionist policies. “Obviously the term ‘socialism’ carries a lot of baggage from the Cold War,” Greenwald said. “But I think what you are seeing is this kind of hybrid socialism that really is about nothing more than trying to sandpaper the edges off of neoliberalism, and I would describe a lot of people on the right as socialist.”
Carlson has indeed supported left-of-center ideas and gone against common conservative causes. For instance, he railed against Trump’s 2017 tax cut that “was far better for corporate America than it was for the middle class.” He was also objected to efforts to repeal Obama care back when it was a foundational issue for the Republicans after Trump took office.
It’s not clear if Carlson is an actual socialist, but he doesn’t always toe the line when it comes to conservative issues. That wouldn’t be a problem except that Fox News already has trust issues with its viewer base, making this particular charge another unfortunate blow to the embroiled network’s reputation.