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Stuart Cosgrove: Tucker Carlson, James Corden and the BBC

Fox’s right-wing flamethrower and author of numerous conspiracy theories broke up with Rupert Murdoch’s broadcaster in the most dramatic ways, and ironically the same week Joe Biden quietly launched his war campaign. his candidacy to become the Democratic Party candidate for the 2024 US presidential election.

Carlson is the star of the TV station and while his name sounds like he’s a character from Bonanza, the kind of border thug that would fight Hoss Cartwright over the rustling herd, he was an important puppet figure in the right wing, led by public opinion. Trump’s American media.

Described by Rolling Stone as “the king of Republican politics, Carlson was given all but Fox, the right to say and do whatever he wanted on the air without fear of reprisal”.

It continued: “His previous show Tucker Carlson Tonight addressed racism, discrimination, and conspiracy almost nightly, and shaped a generation of conservative disgruntled politics.”

The fact that Carlson was fired shows that the sand has shifted beneath him. Could it be that the insidious old Murdoch, whose track record of predicting a near-perfect winner, has distanced himself from contaminated Trump ideology?

According to CNN, Carlson’s humiliating departure comes a week after Fox News settled a monster defamation lawsuit with the Dominion Voting System for $787.5 million due to the network spreading lies. election and undermine voting company reports as the 2020 Trump v Biden election ushers in what pro-Trump rebels argue is a stolen election.

As the knife spiraled deeper into Carlson (below), he was charged with contempt of office and a lawsuit filed in March by his top booker, Abby Grossberg.


Hidden under the titles is another perspective. For all the Trumpian snarls, Fox News is built on a traditional but secure TV model β€” the cable car. Its customers were cable broadcasters across the United States, who profited locally from its popularity. When it comes to more modern and digital sources of income – especially digital advertising – much of it has flowed into Google or Meta platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

It is almost impossible to place the story of Carlson’s departure in an English context.

It was as if Andrew Neil and Sky’s Kay Burley darling had been fired for burning YouGov for hours, when their vote didn’t align with Tory party ambitions. But even that seems like a lame comparison to the star-studded fame that Carlson and his Sean Hannity college enjoy in the United States.

Compared to Fox News, GB News has lagged and lacked significant impact, with no stars that have just turned into carousels of frustrated Brexit supporters and borderline bigots.

We are fortunate that BBC values, even those that are not always respected, tend to work against the polemic hosts trying to film. In fact, BBC live-in-camera journalist Ros Atkins, now a televised phenomenon, returns to the BBC’s “explanatory mission” by tackling complex topics with data, context and meticulous balance.

However, the BBC faces a significant challenge to its authority to publish news and current affairs, and this is not a guideline for fairness issued by superiors or objections. The corporation’s opposition to fair coverage of the independence debate, which can only be described as an escalating populism, risks undermining the BBC’s serious purpose. .

Ironically, another televised departure coincided with Carlson’s hasty departure from Fox News, with British The Late Late Show host James Corden leaving the show and returning to the UK.

The way Corden’s departure from the US was reported on BBC Breakfast tells us as much about the current state of the media that is engulfed as it is with celebrity and light entertainment.

Inevitably, this entry builds on an excerpt from Corden’s actionable Carpool Karaoke where he’s duet with the pop singer in the front seat of a car. In this latest episode, he’s with singer Adele, who for reasons of being lost in a time where we’ve been culturally bullied into believing he’s a vocal genius.

Sure some people love the idea of ​​Carpool Karaoke, but I’d be lying if I included myself in their number. It’s surprisingly smug and showcases the worst of Corden’s screaming personality.

He’s a man who falls in the middle of every chair imaginable, not a gifted actor, nor a hot TV presenter, and certainly not an actor. good stand-up comedy. The mystery of his career so far is just how high it has reached.

At the end of the torture pose with Adele, the item returned to the BBC studio, where presenter Sally Nugent greeted the video with the word “greater”. Perhaps more than balance, impartiality and the value of license fees, the word “greater” is the biggest threat to the BBC’s reputation as a news operation.

THIS lurching toward populism and celebrity-infested stories has turned the morning services on the BBC network into an unchallenged safe haven.

The death of veteran ballroom dancer Len Goodman has all the characteristics of a story that the BBC’s light entertainment news reports enjoy: the death of a celebrity, an already well-known brand name. sound, a BBC hit can be brutally garbled and, worst of all, a stinging sentiment. remember the dead.

Arlene Philips told the show that “everyone loves Len and he loves everyone”.

As an obituary, it brings new depth to the shallow.

My interest in celebrity obsession and entertainment gently exposes the fear and sensitivities that run through the BBC’s daily news operations.

You suspect that daily item editors and producers are happy to stay away from the complicated controversies of Brexit, corruption at the heart of the Conservatives, Scottish constitutionalism and the so-called Framework Windsor defines Northern Ireland’s relationship with Southern, etc. Europe. Better to spread the word about a celebrity leading a social welfare campaign than to question the state of poverty under the current government.

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Generalizations are futile but amid the BBC’s ghastly coverage of the war in Ukraine and the evacuation of Sudan there are too many narratives that lean towards tension-inducing populism in the sense – now the case Copyrights related to Ed Sheeran, the Eurovision Song Contest, the death of Jerry Springer, and Corden’s Retreat from America take up more space online than much more serious and worthwhile topics.

At the core of all this is the license fee and its viability in the future. The BBC often imagines celebrity content will attract or retain a younger audience, but the unintended effect is to undermine or damage the deeper news and commentary that has already been delivered. global respect for the corporation.

It’s a challenge the BBC president needs to understand and tackle, but god only knows when such a character will appear. Now is not the time to lose leadership, which is why the appointment of Richard Sharp and his humiliating resignation are so distracting.


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