So much for editorial independence. Conservative blogger Mickey Kaus has resigned from The Daily Caller after the site’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, Tucker Carlson, pulled a column critical of Fox News.
Kaus announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday evening.
— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) March 17, 2015
Kaus, who's taken to crusading against amnesty!™ and “illegal aliens,” wrote a piece criticizing the conservative network for “not fulfilling [its] responsibility of being the opposition on amnesty and immigration.” It was up on the site Tuesday morning, but was quickly removed.
According to Kaus, Carlson -- a contributor to Fox News and the weekend host of “Fox and Friends” -- said The Daily Caller could not publish material critical of the network because of his affiliation. “We can't trash Fox on the site; I work there,” Carlson said.
“He said it was a rule, and he wouldn't be able to change that rule. So I told him I quit," Kaus told Politico’s Dylan Byers. “I just don't see how you can put out a publication with that kind of giant no-go area. It's not like we're owned by Joe's Muffler Shop, so we just can't write about Joe's Muffler shop.”
“It's a larger problem on the right: Everybody is scared of Fox,” he added.
Reached for comment, Carlson said he was “sorry to see him go.”
Kaus has reposted the column on his blog, Kausfiles.