Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Thursday accused a Texas congressman of making slanderous remarks about Carlson’s show, Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Carlson said that Re. Michael McCaul (R-TX) “has told a number of people that this show is an organ of Russian disinformation.”
“In other words,” Carlson continued, “not only are we wrong—which is fine—we are disloyal Americans. We’re doing the bidding of a foreign power.”
“That is not fine,” Carlson said. “That is slander.”
Tucker: McCaul has told a number of people that this show is an organ of Russian disinformation… That is not fine. That is slander… So you have to ask yourself why are so many Republicans suddenly talking like Joe Biden? pic.twitter.com/N9ZoiwH7df
— Acyn (@Acyn) March 18, 2022
McCaul has been a vocal critic of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and has referred to the Russian president as a “war criminal.”
“History will judge us for how we respond, and we must continue to support Ukraine with lethal weapons and air defense,” he tweeted on Thursday.
Putin will be remembered as a war criminal, and this footage shared by @ZelenskyyUa in his address to Congress is proof. History will judge us for how we respond, and we must continue to support Ukraine with lethal weapons and air defense. pic.twitter.com/bTdx0evb3w
— Michael McCaul (@RepMcCaul) March 17, 2022
Carlson argued that his show is “only and narrowly interested in the interest of our own country,” adding that “we don’t care what the Russian government says, we only care what the United States does.”
Meanwhile, the Kremlin has requested that state-friendly media broadcast as much of Carlson’s program as possible.
“It is essential to use as much as possible fragments of broadcasts of the popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who sharply criticizes the actions of the United States [and] NATO, their negative role in unleashing the conflict in Ukraine, [and] the defiantly provocative behavior from the leadership of the Western countries and NATO towards the Russian Federation and towards President Putin, personally,” the Russian government wrote in a memo earlier this month.
Here’s how people are reacting to Carlson’s defense:
— August (@SaftyInNumbers) March 18, 2022
I am also baffled as to why these people would say that people on your shows are spokespeople for the Russian propaganda…..oh wait… pic.twitter.com/IItxDKIGaZ
— Pragmatic Pessimistic #Vaccinated (@cagomez) March 18, 2022
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck..
— Nougat (@mayfair_rowan) March 18, 2022
If it’s slander, he’s welcome to start suing people.
— That’s HEDLEY! (@HedleyLamarr23) March 18, 2022
— GARY HARTMAN (@GARYHARTMAN) March 18, 2022
🤷🏼♀️ The truth is not slander. Good luck winning that case Carlson.
— JbeeMD🇺🇦🌻 😷 (@Jillsey11) March 18, 2022
“That is slander,” says chief propagandist of billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s disinformation network.
The same network whose lawyers argued in court that no one takes Carlson seriously.
— riwoche རི་བོ་ཆེ་ (@riwoche) March 18, 2022