Fox News board member ‘abruptly’ hangs up on reporter asking about Tucker Carlson and white supremacy
This week, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson has drawn widespread condemnation for his ludicrous assertion that white supremacy is merely a “hoax” and a “conspiracy theory” — a comment a made following an anti-Latino terrorist attack in El Paso, Texas on August 3 that left 22 people dead. And journalists for CNN and Politico are encountering a deafening silence from the Fox News board.
CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy is reporting on Twitter that when he tried to discuss the Carlson controversy with a Fox board member, he got a very rude response.
“Total silence,” Darcy tweeted on Thursday morning. “One of the Fox board members, former Telemundo CEO Roland Hernandez, actually abruptly hung up on me when I phoned him and started to ask about Tucker’s comments.”
Politico’s Michael Calderone, meanwhile, is also reporting that he has hit a wall of silence from the Fox board where Carlson is concerned. Calderone reported that he “reached out to Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch” and others on the Fox board “on Wednesday to see if they had any comments about the bold untruths Carlson conveyed to his audience Tuesday night. I did not get any comment back.”
Total silence. One of the Fox board members, former Telemundo CEO Roland Hernandez, actually abruptly hung up on me… https://t.co/a8e2tpXrcd— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy)1565266438.0
Fox board is silent on Tucker Carlson, who announced last night he’s going on vacation. https://t.co/7GUhDDMLwg via… https://t.co/Nc2j8ePyBl— Michael Calderone (@Michael Calderone)1565265474.0
On Wednesday night, Carlson announced that he was taking a short vacation. Carlson told viewers, “I am taking several days off, headed to the wilderness to fish with my son. Politics is important, fishing with your son, sometimes more important. So I’m doing it.”
Darcy reported that when he spoke to a “Fox News spokesperson,” he was told that Carlson had planned a vacation long before the comments on white supremacy and that he will be back on the air on August 18.
Regardless, Darcy finds the timing suspicious, noting that others at Fox News — from Laura Ingraham to Sean Hannity — also took vacations after their inflammatory remarks set off major controversies.