Tucker Carlson admitted in a recent interview with conservative talk show host Dave Rubin that he “sometimes lies” on his show.
The Fox News host appeared on a YouTube show hosted by Mr. Rubin on Sunday and was asked to explain why other TV presenters are supposedly lying.
Carlson replied, “I mean, I’m lying if I’m really stuck or something. I lie.”
He added: “I really try not to do it. I try to never lie on TV. I don’t like I don’t like to lie [but] I sure do, you know, out of weakness or something.
The 52-year-old host claimed his rivals on competing cable networks like CNN were “systematically” and deliberately lying to protect “the system.”
He added, “So if these people are wondering why I am 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?
Rubin, the host of YouTube show The Rubin Report, 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 help them. expose the lies “.
Carlson is known to espouse controversial theories with little basis in fact on his program. In September 2020, Fox News won a libel lawsuit against Carlson by successfully claiming that “given Mr. Carlson’s reputation, any reasonable viewer arrives[s] with an appropriate amount of skepticism about the statement he is making ”.
A Manhattan federal judge ruled that “[Carlson] does not state real facts ”on the subjects it discusses and instead indulges in“ exaggerations ”and“ non-literal comments ”.
The Poynter Institute’s fact-checking site, PolitiFact, reviewed 18 statements made by Carlson, concluding that only six of those statements had any degree of truth. The rest were completely wrong.
Researcher Matthew Gertz of the media watch group Media Matters for America tweeted last month that “it is pointless to verify the facts of an extremely dishonest demagogue like Tucker Carlson.”
Sir Gertz was responding to Carlson“The incredibly dishonest claim that refugees are the root of the housing crisis.”
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