Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) appeared on MSNBC recently to call Fox News host Tucker Carlson a liar and a “propagandist,” as reported by the Daily Caller.
Schiff spoke to host Joy Reid on her show, “The ReidOut,” lambasting Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy as well, stating that he made a deal that included providing unseen footage from the Capitol on January 6, 2021, to Carlson in order to obtain his position as speaker.
“This is part of McCarthy’s deal to get the speakership,” Schiff began.
“Which is to give this footage to this propagandist on Fox,” he continued.
“It just shows how the speaker is willing to sacrifice not just the truth but the security of the very institution of which he is now the speaker in order to curry favor from the most extreme members of his conference,” the congressman added.
Reid made her own accusatory statements, describing people in the Capitol as “sightseers who came ready to murder Mike Pence and were within feet of assaulting [Senator Chuck] Grassley.”
After showing additional footage from the Capitol, Schiff explained, “It’s so important to continue showing this footage because Tucker Carlson uses that megaphone to lie and lie and lie to the American people.”
The congressman then pointed to a Dominion Voting systems lawsuit with Fox News that claims Carlson sent messages condemning President Trump.
“As we have seen in the Dominion Voting litigation emails and texts from Tucker Carlson, he knows he’s pushing a big lie. He shows his private disdain for Donald Trump and the uncertainty of claims of fraud around the election, yet he makes very clear, as does Rupert Murdoch and others, when it comes to Fox, it’s just about the money,” Schiff said.
Regarding Carlson’s text messages, the host appears to take issue with lawyers such as Sydney Powell and Lin Wood. However, the context of the messages surrounding Trump remains unclear.
NBC News characterizes the messages as Carlson being “fed up” with the former president, while Fox News says that the messages have been distorted and “misattributed.”
“Thanks to today’s filings, Dominion has been caught red handed using more distortions and misinformation in their PR campaign to smear FOX News and trample on free speech and freedom of the press,” the Fox News statement reads.
“We already know they will say and do anything to try to win this case, but to twist and even misattribute quotes to the highest levels of our company is truly beyond the pale.”
At the same time, Dominion Voting told NBC News that the “emails, texts, and deposition testimony speak for themselves. We welcome all scrutiny of our evidence because it all leads to the same place — Fox knowingly spread lies causing enormous damage to an American company.”
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