Fox News host Tucker Carlson has lied about a lot of things, from falsely claiming that meaningful voter fraud took place in Fulton County, Georgia, last November to death rates among the vaccinated, to falsely claiming there is no evidence that white supremacists took part in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.
There is quite a long list of things we can name here that Carlson has lied about, and his COVID-19 falsehoods are dangerous amid the raging pandemic. I’ve always wondered if Tucker does this intentionally for shameless clickbait type of reasons or whether he’s just painfully stupid. Perhaps it’s both, though.
Speaking to right-wing host David Rubin, Carlson flat-out admitted that he lies, according to Media Matters. And it was weird because Rubin accused left-wing media figures of lying, then Carlson came out and admitted that he lies when he’s “cornered” or out of “weakness.”
“I guess I would ask myself, like, I mean I lie if I’m really cornered or something. I lie. I really try not to,” Carlson said. “I try never to lie on TV. I just don’t — I don’t like lying. I certainly do it, you know, out of weakness or whatever.”
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Then, he accused the media of lying.
“But to systematically lie like that without asking yourself why am I doing this? So if these people ask themselves, why am I doing this? And they say, well, I want to protect the system because I really believe in the system,” Carlson insisted. “Ok, who’s running the system? You’re lying to defend Jeff Bezos? Like, you’re treating Bill Gates like some sort of moral leader, like, are you kidding me? How dare you do that. How dare you use your power to protect and guard the powerful even as you put your boot on the neck of the weakest people. Some Catholic school kid from Kentucky, it’s like a parody. Are you kidding — he’s a child. And you’re using your power to crush him, to wreck his life. That shocked me.”
Then, he admitted it again.
“And I have to say. There have been many times in the twenty-five years I’ve been in TV where I think you know, are we using this, like, very substantial power that we have to put pictures on the screen to hurt weak people,” Carlson added. “And I have done that, inadvertently over the years because I got carried away. But I really try not to.”
If Carlson said the sky was blue, I’d go outside to fact-check that. There is a reason that Carlson was recently dubbed as “the worst human being ever.”
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