2 Fox News pundits quit Tucker Carlson’s ‘really dangerous’ segment
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Two conservative commentators who appeared on Fox News for over a decade quit the right-wing network over a “dangerous” Tucker Carlson special filled with lies about the January 6 insurgency.
Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, two of the co-founders of the conservative website The Dispatch, wrote that Carlson’s “Patriot Purge” special was “a collection of inconsistent conspiracies riddled with factual inaccuracies, half-truths, misleading images and damning omissions. ”
They praised some Fox News reporters, but said “the voices of officials are drowned out by irresponsible”.
“The tension between doing this job well and staying true to Fox has tested us several times over the past few years. But with the release of Patriot Purge, we felt we couldn’t ‘do what we do anymore. let’s see “and stay at Fox News. So we quit.
Hayes told the New York Times that the Carlson special is “really dangerous in a way that the usual hyperbole you get in a lot of cable news isn’t.”
Both had been paid Fox News contributors since 2009, according to the Times.
Carlson’s special for Fox Nation claimed, among other things, that the insurgency may be a “false flag” operation secretly orchestrated by the left, and that the left is sort of chasing the Tories and locking them in. conditions similar to those of Guantanamo, with waterboarding. .
“This is political propaganda aimed at rallying a base of support that has shown a willingness to rally on the basis of disinformation and lies,” Michael Jensen, senior researcher at the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, PolitiFact said. “That’s how we got Jan 6 in the first place.”
Carlson, who admitted to lying, has embraced increasingly extremist rhetoric in recent years, including conspiracy theories about the January 6 insurgency, the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 vaccines.
He told The Times the resignations were “great news” for the network.
“Our viewers will be grateful,” he said.
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