Fox’s former chief political correspondent said law enforcement will eventually have to step in to “stop the lies” coming from places like Fox News and Tucker Carlson.
Carl Cameron said Carlson had been “screaming fire in a crowded movie theater for years”.
“Sooner or later, law enforcement and the US government will have to stop lying,” Cameron said.
A former Fox News correspondent suggested on Saturday that law enforcement will need to take action against Fox News and Tucker Carlson to “stop the lying.”
Carl Cameron, former chief political correspondent for Fox, told CNN’s Jim Acosta that Carlson in particular had been “shouting fire in a crowded movie theater for years.”
“The thing is, if you disturb the peace by starting a riot in a movie theater, the cops are going to arrest you and you could end up in jail or you could end up in something worse,” Cameron said.
“And this kind of stuff absolutely needs to stop, whether it’s the antitrust bill to weed out and distort people who lie and spread lies that cause harm and violent, violent hatred – it should there’s something to be done about it,” he continued.
Cameron was referring to Carlson’s remarks about the Buffalo shooting suspect earlier this week.
As reported by Insider’s Connor Perrett and Kieran Press-Reynolds, police say they found a document belonging to the Buffalo shooting suspect that was full of conspiracy theories such as the white nationalist “replacement theory,” which claims that immigration by non-white people is an attempt to replace the white population in the United States.
Carlson clung to that theory in his coverage of the Buffalo shooting, Cameron said, adding that the US government must take action against those who spread and amplify misinformation.
“Democrats need to get on it,” he said. “The president needs to be more forceful and sooner or later law enforcement and the US government will have to stop lying because it’s causing people to die.”
“It’s not just Fox, it’s social media in general,” he added. “It’s on the internet. And we have to remember that a lot of what we read is from people who aren’t American, pretending to be American in order to dazzle them even more.”
When reached for comment, a Fox News spokesperson directed Insider to various on-air comments by Carlson in which he decries political violence.
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