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Jen Psaki attacks Tucker Carlson as Fox News star remains under fire

By Ben Marquis
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March 15, 2023

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has for years been a top target of the left and that has only increased in recent weeks with his airing of previously unseen footage of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021 that calls into question some of the prevailing narratives about that day espoused by Democrats and the media.

Carlson is also under fire for recent revelations from the defamation lawsuit against Fox News by Dominion Voting Systems, and former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki specifically called out Carlson for allegedly "intentionally sharing disinformation" and treating viewers as if they are "stupid," The Hill reported.

The remarks from Psaki came this week during an appearance on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" to discuss, among other things, the Dominion suit against Fox News over its coverage of the 2020 election fraud claims.

The Dominion-Fox News lawsuit revelations

The Washington Post reported this week on the release of "voluminous" depositions and evidence exhibits related to the Dominion-Fox News lawsuit and compiled some of the major revelations into a sort of timeline of events.

That included comparisons of what was being said on-air by certain hosts and contributors about the claims of widespread election fraud from former President Donald Trump's allies and attorneys with what some of those same hosts and contributors were saying in private emails and text messages.

On air, Fox News figures appeared to at least entertain, if not openly agree with and support, the claims of fraud, while behind the scenes, many expressed doubtful skepticism or even outright rejection of the claims involving Dominion voting machines.

There was also some expressed concern that forcefully debunking the claims on-air could result in lost viewers and lower ratings.

That includes Tucker Carlson, who provided extensive coverage on his program throughout November 2020 to the claims of fraud while also quietly expressing to others his personal disdain for Trump and those around him and his utter disbelief of the allegations being made.

Psaki says Fox News was "knowingly sharing inaccurate information"

During Psaki's appearance on "The Late Show," Colbert raised the issue of the Dominion-Fox News lawsuit and said that what had been revealed was "not surprising, but it is unsettling to hear about."

"It’s a little bit more than unsettling, wouldn’t you say?" Psaki joked. "I’ve watched you -- I know you’re more than unsettled."

Psaki said of Fox News, "It wasn't a shock to me that they were sharing inaccurate information. I mean, we know that with our own eyes, right?" She went on to accuse the network of "knowingly sharing inaccurate information."

Carlson was treating viewers "like they are stupid," according to Psaki

"You know, I had about 20 seconds where I thought, 'Tucker Carlson, maybe he's one of us,'" Psaki said of the popular Fox News host.

"And then by, like, second 21 I thought, wait, he is intentionally sharing disinformation with his audiences and treating them like they are stupid, frankly, so that he can save his job, save viewers and make money," she continued.

"That's the part that was most horrifying to me," Psaki added. "I am horrified by the disinformation, but the fact that they knowingly did it, that is what I think is, in my view, the most problematic."

The former White House press secretary went on to herald the purportedly rigorous fact-checking and high standards for accurate reporting at her new employer, MSNBC, and also shared her account of former Vice President Mike Pence allegedly disavowing Trump over the election fraud claims and Capitol riot during a recent private event.

Multiple narratives exposed and undermined

The Hill noted that Tucker Carlson has faced tremendous criticism from all sides over the past couple of weeks in relation to both the Dominion lawsuit revelations as well as his undermining of the preferred narratives on the Capitol riot with the airing of previously unseen footage from that fateful day.

Carlson had been granted by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA-20) exclusive initial access to tens of thousands of hours of surveillance footage that had been kept hidden from the public, as well as the charged defendants in the riot, for the past two years by the prior Democrat-controlled Congress.