Fox News has long been the channel of grievance and the king of grievance at the network has been Tucker Carlson. The controversial prime time host is an expert at playing the victim. And Carlson played this role last week when he claimed that the NSA is spying on him in an effort to take him off the air.The claims didn’t go very far. Press Secretary Jen Psaki shot down the accusations nothing that the NSA surveils people who are communicating with foreign adversaries. Still, Carlson pushed the story every night of the week. And now CNN is reporting that the host is angry that other shows on the network didn’t cover it.
Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy report, “One of the sources described Carlson as ‘furious’ with network executives, especially the public relations team, ‘for not backing him up.’ Tensions are sky high.” The CNN story continues, “[Carlson] always had tension with management, but said right now he’s extra pissed.”
Carlson did respond to a request for comment on the story. He told CNN, “I’m not mad at anyone at Fox. If I was, I’d say so. I’m mad at you for lying relentlessly. What a loathsome person you are. Please print that.”
Whether the story is true or not, Carlson’s claims of being spied on went nowhere. That doesn’t mean, however, that he won’t keep repeating the theory to his audience.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.