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Tucker Carlson Convicted Over “False Flag” Claim Over Deadly Capitol Attack | Fox News


Conservative Republican Liz Cheney and the executive director of the Anti-Defamation League led the condemnation of Fox News and Tucker Carlson, after the primetime host announced a series on the alleged “true story” of the deadly attack on the United States Capitol. United on January 6.

Carlson was denounced for spreading dangerous conspiracy theories in the latest scandal to involve a man whose popularity hides his record of making racist and false statements on topics from immigration to racial justice.

“Fox News is giving Tucker Carlson a platform to spread the same kinds of lies that sparked the violence on January 6,” tweeted Cheney, a Wyoming representative in the shrinking wing of the Republican Party against Trump.

Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL, wrote Lachlan Murdoch, CEO of Fox Corporation, to demand that the series be shelved.

“Clearly Carlson has the right to make outrageous claims,” ​​Greenblatt wrote. “But freedom of expression is not freedom of scope. You have no obligation to validate your views with airtime on your platform and, I would say, a moral responsibility not to do so. “

Greenblatt had previously called for Carlson to be fired for his defense of the racist replacement theory, which says Democrats encourage immigration to keep Republicans out of power. Lachlan Murdoch rejected that request.

In the trailer for Carlson’s series, Patriot Purge, an expert says: “False flags have occurred in this country, one of which may have been on January 6.”

Among conspiracy theorists, “false flag” events are said to be organized by the government to pursue nefarious ends. Some claim that the 9/11 terror attacks were false flags. InfoWars host Alex Jones, a Trump ally and supporter, has landed on legal and financial danger after claiming that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, in which 20 young children and six adults were killed, was a false flag attack.

Carlson has called the riot of January 6 “a political protest that got out of control.” He also has reclaimed It was organized by the FBI.

Cheney said: “As Fox News knows, the election was not stolen and January 6 was not a ‘false flag’ operation.”

Five people, including a Trump supporter, shot to death by law enforcement officials and a police officer, were killed around the attack on the Capitol. The riot followed a “Stop the Steal” rally near the White House in which Trump told his supporters to march on Congress and “fight like hell” to reverse the election.

Trump was accused of inciting an insurrection. Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to send him to the Senate for trial, but only seven Republican senators joined Democrats in finding Trump guilty and he was not convicted. He’s free to run for office again, fundraising hard and dominating prospective candidate polls by 2024.

Trump has stuck to his lie that the election was stolen, a claim rejected by his own attorney general, Republican officials in key states and a succession of justices. The Republican party has leaned behind Trump, also seeking to downplay the events of January 6, a day that has resulted in more than 600 arrests.

Another Rupert Murdoch-owned outlet, the Wall Street Journal, was convicted this week of printing a letter in which Trump repeated his electoral lies.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney:
Congresswoman Liz Cheney: “Are you still falsely claiming that voting machines were corrupted and elections were stolen?” Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA

In another tweet, Cheney asked Carlson: “Are you still falsely claiming that voting machines were corrupted and elections were stolen?” She included Twitter users Rupert Murdoch, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott, its president and CEO, Jay Wallace, and former House Speaker Paul Ryan, now a Fox board member. None commented.

Fox News did not respond to a request for comment.

On Thursday, another Fox News personality, Geraldo Rivera, said the New York Times Carlson was “wonderful” and “provocative” but said things that were “inflammatory, outrageous and unsubstantiated.” On Twitter, Rivera called the “false flag” claim in Carlson’s trailer “bullshit.”

Carlson’s series will premiere on Fox Nation’s streaming service on Monday. Marked with martial drums, its trailer says it will tell “the true story behind 1/6 … the war on terror 2.0 and the plot against the people.”

“The internal war on terror is here and looming in half the country,” says one expert, of helicopter shots near the Capitol and the title, Patriot Purge.

Carlson says: “The helicopters have left Afghanistan and now they have landed here at home.”

On Thursday, Carlson stated: “What we found… was nothing like the story you have repeatedly heard from Liz Cheney and Nancy Pelosi, as well as from their many obedient spokespersons in the media. They were lying. “

In his trailer, another expert says: “The left is hunting the right, putting them in Guantanamo Bay for American citizens, leaving them to rot.”

The trailer also splices images of Trump speaking with a shot of Osama bin Laden, while the scenes outside the Capitol on January 6 are composed of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The trailer ends with the chorus of that song from the civil war: “The truth goes on.”

In his letter to Rupert Murdoch, Greenblatt of the ADL wrote: “Let’s call this what it is: an abject and indisputable lie and a blatant attempt to rewrite history.”




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