Chuck Schumer calls Tucker Carlson’s release of Jan 6 footage ‘shameful’
The White House has joined in the condemnation of Fox News host Tucker Carlson over his recent coverage of the January 6 Capitol riot. Spokesperson Andrew Bates called him “not credible” and slated his “false depiction of the unprecedented, violent attack on our Constitution and the rule of law”.
Meanwhile, Carlson told a colleague that he “passionately” hated Donald Trump, according to bombshell new text messages released as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6bn defamation lawsuit against the network.
New court filings on Tuesday revealed a message Carlson sent to a Fox News employee just two days before the January 6 Capitol riot.
“We are very very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights. I really can’t wait,” he wrote. “I hate him passionately.”
The texts came to light the same day that both Democratic and Republican lawmakers slammed Carlson for sharing the edited footage of the Capitol riot on his show while falsely claiming it depicts a peaceful gathering led by “sightseers”.
Senators Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell led the condemnation of the “shameful” coverage.
ICYMI: Tucker Carlson offered little new in second part of Jan 6 video ‘scoop’
There was little new in what he presented on Tuesday evening as Andrew Feinberg reports.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 9, 2023 at 09:15
McCarthy claims he ‘didn’t see’ Tucker Carlson show amid uproar
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday that he did not see Tucker Carlson’s show where he broadcast cherry-picked video footage of the January 6 riot on Fox News Monday evening.
The Republican Speaker of the House gave the footage to the right-wing cable news host who has frequently downplayed the events of 6 January 2021 when supporters of former president Donald Trump raided the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
Eric Garcia filed this report from Capitol Hill.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 9, 2023 at 07:45
‘Tucker Carlson took a page from 1984’
Louis Chilton reports on what The View host said.
Oliver O’Connell9 March 2023 06:15
Josh Hawley stands by Tucker Carlson
Host Tucker Carlson claimed that the footage showing Mr. Hawley fleeing rioters during the insurrection on January 6 was “propaganda” because other senators also fled the mob.
Gustaf Kilander havethestory.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 9, 2023 04:15
‘Sad to see Tucker go off the rails’
Gustaf Kilander rounded up some of their reactions.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 9, 2023 03:15
Does Tucker Carlson’s QAnon Shaman video matter?
One of Fox News’s primetime stars has embarked on a crusade to change the public perception of the facts around the January 6 attack on Congress, and on Monday used a clip of the much-mocked “QAnon Shaman”, Jacob Chansley, to do it.
Tucker Carlson’s latest effort to spread disinformation is the result of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s decision to supply him with access to hours upon hours of surveillance footage from the day of the attack, while not allowing other journalists (even at his own network) the same access ; as a result, Carlson’s producers have been able to present selective clips of the attack and cut them together in the hopes of making Americans forget about the scenes of shocking violence already released by the January 6 committee last year.
John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 9, 2023 02:15
Carlson fawns over ‘interesting’ Trump
Despite Dominion court documents that reveal he “hates” the former president “passionately”, Tucker Carlson reminded his viewers on Wednesday that Mr Trump was running for the White House again “unless they put him in prison, which is of course the plan.”
And he added: He is saying things that are really interesting, not rehashes at all. In fact, he has come out with a bunch of proposals that are so interesting we thought we would bring them to you,” he said on his Fox News show.
Graeme MassieMarch 9, 2023 01:38
Tucker Carlson unloads on GOP critics as ‘sociopaths’
During a broadcast on Wednesday, Tucker Carlson blasted his bipartisan critics in Congress as “sociopaths” and accused Attorney General Merrick Garland of lying about the number of police officers killed during the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
It’s the latest headline-grabbing moment after the Fox News host caused a controversy throughout the week by airing selectively chosen clips to claim the riots at the Capitol in 2021 weren’t violent.
“The sociopaths turned out to be both Democrats and Republicans,” Mr Carlson said, hammering GOP leaders like senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham as “weak men” for their criticisms of the January 6 video segments.
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josh marcusMarch 9, 2023 01:36
Carlson claims 2020 racial justice protests were insurrection
“Antifa descended on Washington, DC to force the sitting president out of office,” claimed Carlson on Wednesday night.
Tucker Carlson is now pretending that the protests against police brutality in 2020 were actually an insurrection perpetrated by Antifa:
“Antifa descended on Washington, DC to force the sitting president out of office.” pic.twitter.com/47ZJtvR0NM
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Graeme MassieMarch 9, 2023 01:24
Despite court filings revealing him ridiculing conspiracy theories, Carlson revived bogus election fraud claims.
Days after court filings revealed Fox News personalities and executives privately rejecting bogus claims surrounding the 2020 presidential election, one of the network’s most-watched stars cast about its legitimacy and appeared to defend hundreds of rioters who breached the halls of Congress.
In a segment on March 6 that sought to downplay the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, Tucker Carlson said rioters were “right” to believe that the election was “unfairly conducted”.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 9, 2023 01:15