CNN anchors slam ‘bulls*** factory employee of the month’ Tucker Carlson for Jan. 6 claims

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A pair of CNN anchors are going after Fox's Tucker Carlson for his claims that undercover federal agents may have orchestrated the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6.

CNN's Jim Acosta, who noted he previously "described Fox News as the bulls*** factory in honor of its steady stream of bogus segments aimed at ginning up viewer outrage," said he decided to award Carlson "the distinction of bulls*** factory employee of the month" because he "has really outdone himself this week."

"Congrats, Tucker. You did it," he said sarcastically on Saturday. "Nobody bulls***s like you when it comes to the insurrection."

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Brian Stelter then followed suit on Sunday, claiming he decided to "send some questions to Fox News" about Carlson's "completely bogus conspiracy theory."

"I asked Fox News [public relations] executives, 'Did anyone vet Carlson's reporting? Did the Fox newsroom go through his reporting? Did they examine it ahead of time? Why haven't they followed up on it since?'"

After questioning why Carlson's claims aren't covered on other Fox shows, such as Fox News Sunday, hosted by Chris Wallace, and Special Report with Bret Baier, Stelter said, "We know why."

"Carlson's out there on his own [on] Carlson Island. ... He's out there on his own, claiming to be telling the truth to viewers, and the defense from Fox is that it's an opinion show and that everyone knows it's an opinion show, but it looks like news, it smells like news, and his fans think it's news. They trust Tucker more than they trust real reporters," he continued. "So what was the vetting? What was the process? Why isn't Fox following up?"

A representative for CNN told the Washington Examiner "the segments speak for themselves."

Carlson made headlines last week after he suggested that undercover agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have orchestrated the Jan. 6 riot, saying the tactic has been used before, specifically in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last October.

"In the FBI's telling of that plot, a whole team of insurrectionists was going to drive a van up to Gretchen Whitmer's vacation house and throw her in the back and drive away. ... It turns out one of the five people in the planned 'Gretchen Whitmer kidnap van' was an FBI agent in the van. Another was an FBI informant, and the feds admitted in these documents that an informant or undercover agent was 'usually present' in this group's meetings," he said on Tuesday, adding the alleged kidnapper who suggested using a bomb to blow up a bridge as part of the plot "was an undercover FBI agent."

A criminal complaint the Department of Justice filed on Oct. 6 of last year with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan showed that while a confidential human source, or informant, shared a picture in the kidnappers' group chat of a map, it was Ty Garbin, an airline mechanic who later pleaded guilty to conspiracy in connection to the case, who suggested blowing up the bridge.

Carlson added that the FBI's strategy of "encouraging people and assisting people to participate and plot, largely scripted by the FBI itself," also appeared in an Islamic terror attack in Garland, Texas, where "it turns out that an FBI employee played an active role in that shooting." The Fox News host then played a clip from CNN in which an official told Anderson Cooper that an undercover FBI agent "had been texting with [suspect Elton] Simpson less than three weeks before the attack ... which, to me, was an encouragement to Simpson."

"So, if you're wondering why they keep comparing Jan. 6 to 9/11, there's your answer: They're using the same tactics," Carlson said.

While many on the Right have theorized the Jan. 6 siege of Capitol Hill was instigated by outside infiltrators, FBI Director Christopher Wray has said there is no evidence that fake Trump supporters or antifa were responsible for the attack.

"Do you have any evidence that the Capitol attack was organized by, quote, 'fake Trump protesters'?" Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin asked Wray during a committee hearing on March 2.

"We have not seen evidence of that," Wray responded.

Acosta and Stelter have both been frequent critics of Fox News, often singling out Carlson in particular. In March, Stelter called the Fox News host "the new Donald Trump," claiming that Fox News leadership encourages Carlson's "radicalized content" to keep profits "flowing."

“Every day, Carlson is throwing bombs, making online memes offending millions of people, also delighting millions of others, tapping into white male rage and resentment, stoking distrust of Big Tech in the media, generally coarsening the discourse, never apologizing for anything, and setting the GOP's agenda," Stelter said on his CNN show, Reliable Sources. "Sounds like a recently retired president, right?”

As Acosta mentioned on Saturday, he recently called Fox News a "bulls*** factory" on live television, slamming Carlson in particular as a "doctor of disinformation."

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The chief domestic correspondent is frequently met with chants of "CNN sucks!" when covering GOP events, and on one occasion, he responded to a crowd of hecklers gathering behind him as he was broadcasting live.

"And as this crowd is chanting that there are members of the press here who suck, I should also point out what also sucks — getting the coronavirus," he said.

A representative for Fox News did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.

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