Tucker Carlson is apparently telling the truth when he says he sometimes lies on his show.
The Fox News host admitted that his relationship with the truth sometimes faltered as he was interviewed on Monday by fellow conservative media host Dave Rubin.
It happened after Rubin asked Carlson how CNN employees like Chris Cuomo and Brian Stelter “live with themselves… when they lie over and over again and we have the Internet to expose the lies.”
Carlson seemed to take the matter personally, to the point where he made this confession about his own relaxed relationship with factual precision.
“I mean, I’m lying if I’m really stuck or something,” Carlson admitted. “I lie. I really try not to do it. I try to never lie on TV. I don’t like I don’t like lying. I definitely do, you know, out of weakness or whatever.
Carlson then said there was a difference between churning out “lies” when you’re stuck out of weakness and the systematic lying that he claims to be practiced by CNN presenters.
“So if these people are wondering why am I doing this?” And they say, well, I want to protect the system because I really believe in the system. OK, who manages the system? Are you lying to defend Jeff Bezos? Like, you treat Bill Gates like some kind of moral leader, like, are you kidding me? How dare you do that.
You can see the exchange in the video below from the 35:40 mark.
Carlson’s confession to lying isn’t exactly news. In fact, Fox News won a libel lawsuit against Carlson last year for successfully arguing “that given Mr. Carlson’s reputation, any reasonable viewer” arrives.[s] with an appropriate amount of skepticism about the statement he’s making, ”according to NPR.
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