One of the most unintentionally hilarious moments in cable news history happened last night during a lengthy segment Tucker Carlson did on disinformation in the mainstream media.
In his commentary, the popular Fox News host took aim at CNN and MSNBC in particular for peddling fake news about police shootings, pointing out how such disinformation “is an offense against this country, an attack on America and, more critically, on something called our ‘norms.’”
At one point during the segment, Carlson talked about how a research paper from the Skeptic Research Center found that a large percentage of liberals believed “1,000 or more than 1,000 unarmed African-Americans were gunned down” by police officers in 2019. The actual number, he pointed out, was 27. With that in mind, Carlson then noted he went on a search to find out where people might have gotten the disinformation about police shootings.
“So it’s worth finding out where the public is getting all this false information — this ‘disinformation,’ as we’ll call it,” Carlson stated. “So we checked. We spent all day trying to locate the famous QAnon, which in the end we learned is not even a website. If it’s out there, we could not find it. Then we checked Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Twitter feed because we have heard she traffics in disinformation, CNN told us, but nothing there.”
“Who is lying to America,” Carlson asked, “in ways that are certain to make us hate each other and certain to destroy our core institutions?”
The answer, he said, was cable news outlets like CNN and MSNBC and Democratic politicians talking on TV and spreading harmful disinformation about police shootings. He then played clips of them perpetuating false narratives that have further inflamed tensions, which some have alleged helped motivate BLM/Antifa-led agitators to riot, loot, and burn down buildings and target federal courthouses last year.
Though the segment was over 12 minutes long, the dishonest left-wing hacks at Media Matters boiled Carlson’s comments down solely to what he said about Qanon, taking him out of context to suggest he didn’t believe Qanon conspiracy theories existed:
Tucker Carlson says he couldn't find any evidence that the Qanon conspiracy theory even exists, like theres nothing out there proving that it's a thing pic.twitter.com/tqeYm73pAb
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) February 24, 2021
CNN’s chief resident media hall monitor Brian Stelter ran with the out-of-context quote:
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 24, 2021
… as did his sidekick Oliver Darcy:
"We spent all day trying to locate the famous QAnon, which in the end we learned is not even a website. If it's out there, we could not find it" — Tucker Carlson
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) February 24, 2021
Tweets about Carlson’s comments which, again, were taken out of context, were included in Stelter’s and Darcy’s daily newsletter.
The irony here is that in their hot takes on a segment about how CNN was a constant driver of misinformation designed to deliberately mislead people and deepen the political divides in American society, CNN actually proved Carlson’s point perfectly:
Darcy and Stelter are such hacks running with this totally bogus Media Matters framing. Watch the full clip and you can see he's not saying the conspiracy theory doesn't exist. He's mocking you clowns.https://t.co/Ihe7UTNAop pic.twitter.com/Ej6opOrUdu
— Watchdog (@LibWatchdog) February 24, 2021
Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy took a 13 second clip from Media Matters and ran with it at face value. If you watch the full segment, Tucker was making fun of them. He spent his entire opening segment mocking CNN. pic.twitter.com/ab3IFry8pj
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 24, 2021
Stelter continued pushing the false claim that Carlson was saying QAnon didn’t exist even after he was alerted to the fact that the quote was out of context:
— Watchdog (@LibWatchdog) February 24, 2021
At the end of Carlson’s monologue about disinformation, MSNBC, and CNN, he summed things up accordingly:
“It takes a sophisticated operator to lie this effectively, to take the central problem of American life, which is the agonizing death of our middle class, and cover it with a smokescreen of manufactured race hatred so that no one even realizes it’s happening. You’d really need to be a – well, as CNN would put it – a disinformation network to pull that off. And of course, the irony is because everything is irony is that CNN itself has become a disinformation network, more powerful than QAnon and far more destructive.”
Carlson’s segment went on for over 12 minutes. Watch his remarks in full below: