Tucker Carlson admitted during a recent interview with conservative talk show host Dave Rubin that he “sometimes lies” on his show.
Carlson responded: “I mean, I lie if I’m really cornered or something. I lie.”
He added: “I really try not to. I try never to lie on TV. I just don’t â I don’t like lying [but] I certainly do it, you know, out of weakness or whatever.”
The 52-year-old host claimed that his rivals at competing cable networks like CNN “systematically” and deliberately lie to protect “the system”.
He added: “So if these people ask themselves why am I doing this? And they say, well, I want to protect the system because I really believe in the system. OK, who’s running the system? You’re lying to defend Jeff Bezos? Like, you’re treating Bill Gates like some sort of moral leader, like, are you kidding me? How dare you do that?”
Rubin, the host of the YouTube show The Rubin Report, had asked Carlson how CNN employees like Chris Cuomo and Brian Stelter “live with themselves...when they just lie again and again and we have the internet to expose the lies.”
Tucker Carlson admits that he lies when feeling weak or cornered. Continues by saying that “some people” systematically lie because they believe in the agenda.” pic.twitter.com/v3lOE3zSoh
— James DeSarno (@j_desarno) September 13, 2021
Carlson is known to espouse controversial theories with little basis in fact on his programme. In September 2020, Fox News won a defamation suit against Carlson by successfully arguing that “given Mr Carlson’s reputation, any reasonable viewer arrive[s] with an appropriate amount of scepticism about the statement he makes”.
A Manhattan federal judge had ruled that “[Carlson] is not stating actual facts” about the topics he discusses and is instead engaging in “exaggeration” and “non-literal commentary”.
"I lie if I'm really cornered or something. I lie. I really try not to." -- Tucker Carlson https://t.co/G2uv5FrF7e
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 13, 2021
The Poynter Institute’s fact-checking site PolitiFact surveyed 18 statements made by Carlson, finding that only six of those statements had some degree of truth. The others were entirely false.
If this is news to you then you haven't been paying attention.
Tucker Carlson doesn't verify stories or fact check either. The Fox attornies said in court that no reasonable person would believe what he says. https://t.co/Rl0JVhIUrD
— John Oberlin (@OMGno2trump) September 13, 2021
Researcher Matthew Gertz of the media watchdog group Media Matters for America tweeted last month that “it’s fruitless to fact-check a wildly dishonest demagogue like Tucker Carlson”.
Mr Gertz was responding to Carlson’s “breathtakingly dishonest claim that refugees are behind the housing crisis”.