Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has urged Dominion Voting Systems to respond to allegations surrounding its alleged role in Tucker Carlson’s dismissal from Fox News. Recent reports have indicated that Carlson’s departure from the network was part of a settlement reached with Dominion, however, these are unverified reports at this point in time. Carlson’s legal team, in a letter sent to Fox News, accused the network of breaching their contract and engaging in fraudulent behavior, claiming that his firing was a direct outcome of the settlement. It remains to be seen whether the claims from Carlson’s legal team can be proven or not.
Governor Abbott reiterates his satisfaction with the potential absence of Dominion’s operations in Texas, provided the reports are accurate. He emphasizes his belief that companies should not suppress diverse political perspectives and underscores the significance of open dialogue. Abbott firmly asserts that if Dominion intends to conduct business in Texas in the future, they should address the concerns raised regarding their alleged involvement in silencing a prominent conservative journalist. Notably, the Governor refrains from making explicit accusations against Dominion while urging the company to confront the matter.
Abbott on Saturday said the electronic voting company must answer about the role it played in Carlson’s firing before it could be allowed to do business within the Lone Star State.
Abbot said if the reports are accurate, he is “happy” the company does not operate in Texas.
“If the public reporting is accurate that Dominion Voting Systems demanded that Tucker Carlson be fired as part of a litigation settlement, then I am happy that Dominion does not operate in Texas, and I don’t think that they should do so in the future,” Abbott said. “We may disagree with others’ positions, but we should never try to improperly silence views contrary to our own.”
“If Dominion wants to do business with Texas in the future, they should first answer questions about what role, if any, they played in silencing a prominent conservative journalist,” Abbott added. “The answers to those questions, and other factors, should guide whether we want them to operate here.”
However, Stephen Shackelford, an outside attorney for Dominion, told Axios earlier in the week that the company “did not insist on [Fox News] firing Tucker Carlson as part of the settlement.”
A Fox News spokesperson also said reports about Dominion’s role in Carlson’s firing are “categorically false.”
Governor Abbott expressed his contentment with the potential absence of Dominion’s operations in Texas, pending the accuracy of the reports. Nevertheless, the situation raises eyebrows, as it is highly unusual for Fox News to dismiss their highest-rated host unless compelled to do so by external pressures. The involvement of Dominion in Tucker Carlson’s firing has yet to be definitively established. However, Dominion’s legal team asserts that his termination was unrelated to their actions or influence.