No one at present has been a thorn in the side of established liberal regime than Tucker Carlson. On any range of issues, whether immigration, gender ideology, endless war, COVID policy, Tucker has been relentlessly providing a platform to heterodox opinions across both the left and right, and by doing so, has done the most to present a political landscape that goes beyond those conventional polarities. But the most important aspects of all this is the challenge it presents to established political interests and elites, not merely in challenging established interests on this or that issue, but in exposing the structure of those interests and how they employ the various institutions of public life to the benefit of their own private interests and to the detriment of the common good. In many ways, Tucker provided an alternative direction to political/ public life, whether it involved actual substantive engagement with people from different political positions on specific issues on the merits, a media open to heterodox or dissident opinions based on the merits of their argument, went against the typical narrative management of the MSM, and so on. But even more than his example, what was even more dangerous was the success of this approach and the reception this received across the political and demographic landscape of the US and beyond. His audience size, the numbers across the demographic (he is the most watched cable news program even among Democrats in the 25-54 key demo) and political divide were second to none.
All of this explains why Tucker’s presence in the MSM was a dire threat to the current regime. And it also indicates that his likely return will see him rise higher than ever before. Having not buckled to the pressure that must have inevitably have been placed upon him by executives since at least 2018, his decision to persevere editorially with this direction over the last several years, indicates his loyalty to his audience as much as it does to his integrity, and his audience will repay him for that in spades, as will those that come to know him in future.