While it has always been very right-wing, Fox News has taken a turn in the last year or so. That includes top network personality Tucker Carlson going off the rails with conspiracy theories.
Last night, Fox allowed Carlson to air a show where he tried to prove that the 1/6 insurrection was a ‘false flag’ attack. As usual, few Conservatives were willing to stand up to the wild conspiracy mongering. But Carlson’s colleague, Geraldo Rivera, blasted the claims, calling them bullsh*t.
Rivera first responded to a tweet about the special with the curse word. During an interview with Mediaite, he continued:
“Tucker’s wonderful, he’s provocative, he’s original, but — man oh man. There are some things that you say that are more inflammatory and outrageous and uncorroborated. And I worry that — and I’m probably going to get in trouble for this — but I’m wondering how much is done to provoke, rather than illuminate. Messing around with Jan. 6 stuff. The record to me is pretty damn clear, that there was a riot that was incited and encouraged and unleashed by Donald Trump.”
The Fox Five host later said, “He’s my colleague. He’s my family. Sometimes you have to speak out about your family.”
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