FACT CHECK: Viral Video Claims To Show A Parade Celebrating Tucker Carlson Leaving Fox News
A video shared on Twitter purports to show a parade that took place in New York celebrating former Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s exit from the network.
Apparently there’s a Tucker Carlson Parade in New York celebrating him leaving Fox News. Needs more cowbell. pic.twitter.com/J6edKIH5Zm
— Dr. Jebra Faushay (@JebraFaushay) April 24, 2023
The video was posted to Twitter in July 2021. The video resembles footage of a New York celebration in 2020 when President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were elected, according to Reuters.
Comments from Carlson discussing “how white men fight” in relation to a video of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol reportedly alarmed leaders at Fox News, according to The Hill. The message is said to have played a role in Carlson’s firing, CNN reported.
“Apparently there’s a Tucker Carlson Parade in New York celebrating him leaving Fox News. Needs more cowbell,” the Twitter video, viewed over 200,000 times, purports. “NYC is going nuts over this Tucker Carlson news,” text overlay on the video reads.
My neighborhood is going nuts over Twitter getting rid of fleets pic.twitter.com/9jxQvtayKF
— Eric Schmidt (@TalkingSchmidt) July 14, 2021
The claim is false. The video was posted to Twitter in July 2021, so it predates Carlson’s exit from Fox News. “My neighborhood is going nuts over Twitter getting rid of fleets,” the video’s caption reads. The original video references Twitter Fleets, a feature that closely resembled Snapchat and Instagram stories and allowed users to post content that disappeared after 24 hours. Twitter announced its Fleets feature would no longer be available on July 14, 2021, the same day the original video was shared.
In addition, the video resembles footage of a New York celebration in 2020 when Biden and Harris were elected, according to Reuters. In these photos, the same man in the grey T-shirt is visible, and an LGBTQ+ pride flag can be seen in the background.
Furthermore, there are no credible news reports indicating a parade took place in New York celebrating Carlson’s exit from Fox News. The former Fox News host also has not responded to the purported claim via his website or verified social media accounts. He likely would have if such a parade had taken place.
Carlson was ousted from Fox News on Apr. 24, The Associated Press reported. The network said that it and Carlson had “agreed to part ways” in an official statement, the outlet indicated. (RELATED: No, Fox News Did Not Air A Story About A Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Amidst The Louisville Shooting)
This is not the first time misinformation about Carlson has circulated online. Check Your Fact previously debunked a social media post purporting to show a CNN headline alleging the former Fox News host had died by suicide following his exit from the network.