In mid-2011, Tucker Carlson’s digital media outlet The Daily Caller was looking for money, and it turned to one of the biggest conservative donors in the country. The conservative news site hit up aides to New York hedge-fund manager Paul Singer with a pitch for its new nonprofit arm, The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Singer’s team rebuffed the request. But emails obtained by The Daily Beast show that Daily Caller staff, including its co-founder and publisher Neil Patel, circled back with Singer’s family office on numerous other occasions over the subsequent four years asking for meetings and courting Singer’s financial support.
Carlson stepped down from day-to-day operations at The Daily Caller in late 2016, and now hosts a prime-time Fox News show. But last week, he and Singer’s paths crossed once more. Amid an all-consuming national debate over impeachment, Carlson devoted significant airtime to attacking Singer, his hedge fund Elliott Management, and the beneficiaries of his sizable political contributions.