Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson (born May 16, 1969) is an American conservative political commentator who has hosted the nightly political talk show Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News since 2016.
Carlson became a print journalist in the 1990s, writing for the magazine The Weekly Standard, among others. He was a commentator on CNN, from 2000 to 2005, and co-host of Crossfire. Carlson then hosted the nightly program Tucker on MSNBC, from 2005 to 2008. He has been a political analyst for Fox News since 2009. In 2010, Carlson co-founded and served as the initial editor-in-chief of the conservative news and opinion website The Daily Caller.
Early in his career, Carlson was regarded as a libertarian political commentator; more recently, he has expressed skepticism of libertarian economic policies, and aligned himself with American nationalism and right-wing populism. Carlson has written two books, the memoir Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News (2003) and Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution (2018).
Commentators have characterized Carlson's statements and positions as racist, citing his view that the number of Hispanic immigrants to America should be curtailed to maintain traditional demographics, and his claim that such immigrants make America "dirtier and more divided"; his show has been the target of multiple boycotts. Carlson has denied being a racist and has said that he hates racism.