"Carlson knows he can say whatever he wants and get away with it—not only that, he can say whatever he wants and Lachlan Murdoch will back him," says Alex Shepherd of the Fox News host's recent controversies promoting a racist conspiracy theory and questioning vaccines. "He’s Fox’s biggest star. When the network was struggling with competition from the right after the 2020 election, his popularity helped beat back upstarts like Newsmax. Those ratings now are armor. He can tell his audience not to take Covid vaccines and that Democrats are engineering a massive conspiracy to “replace” them with nonwhite criminals, and he can double and triple down when he gets called out. No one at Fox cares, as long as he’s the network’s most bankable star.