On Monday, Fox ‘News’ show host and proud White Supremacist, Tucker Carlson, claimed the NSA and the Biden administration is spying on the poor White Supremacist in an effort to remove his show from our publicly owned airwaves. Of course, he offered no proof of his claims other than some whistleblower said something, something about something nefarious the NSA was allegedly doing to poor, little Tucker.
“Yesterday, we heard from a whistleblower within the U.S. government who reached out to warn us that the NSA, the National Security Agency, is monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air,” Carlson claimed. “Now, that’s a shocking claim, and ordinarily we would be skeptical; it is illegal for the NSA to spy on American citizens. It’s a crime. It’s not a third world country. Things like that should not happen in America.”
According to The Daily Beast, “Carlson claimed he had filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding all information that the NSA and other government agencies have gathered on him and his show. He then appeared to called on Congress to act on his behalf.”
Recently, the White Supremacist “pushed conspiracy theories without evidence, such as claiming the FBI was to blame for the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. NPR reported in September that Fox News’ own lawyers successfully argued against a slander accusation by Karen McDougal because “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is “a commentary show” and viewers cannot literally believe everything he says.
The ‘general tenor’ of the show should then inform a viewer that [Carlson] is not ‘stating actual facts’ about the topics he discusses and is instead engaging in ‘exaggeration’ and ‘non-literal commentary,’ U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil wrote in her opinion. Fox persuasively argues, that given Mr. Carlson’s reputation, any reasonable viewer ‘arrive[s] with an appropriate amount of skepticism’ about the statement he makes.”