Far-right Fox News host Tucker Carlson broadcasts conservative disinformation and conspiracy theories to millions of viewers each night.
Most recently, he's fixated on the deadly failed insurrection against the United States that occurred on January 6, carried out by extremist supporters of former President Donald Trump who believed the fantasy that the 2020 election was stolen from him—a fantasy Carlson helped craft by promoting election lies on a near-nightly basis.
In the months since the insurrection, Carlson has leapt to dismiss its severity and to formulate deranged conspiracy theories to absolve Trump, conservatives, and himself of any responsibility.
He recently released a trailer for a new series of his, which takes the delusional stance that the January 6 insurrection was actually a false flag carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He promoted the series in his Monday night broadcast, and made sure to vilify two prominent anti-Trump Republicans for daring to decry it.
Carlson highlighted Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney's opposition to the series. The Congresswoman became a pariah within the GOP after announcing she'd vote to impeach Trump for inciting an insurrection in a blistering statement.
The far-right Fox News anchor then highlighted a picture of Cheney with The View cohost and CNN contributor Ana Navarro, another anti-Trump Republican, saying:
"Ana Navarro is way more radical and much more bigoted than anyone who was arrested on January 6. She is much farther from the mainstream of American thought than, say, Ashli Babbitt. Ana Navarro believes openly that people should be treated differently based on the color of their skin. ... Navarro told CNN viewers that she's disgusted by the sight of white people."
That last claim is false, as Carlson's own clip showed, Navarro commented that she was happy to be surrounded by fellow immigrants at a Biden rally.
To be clear, Carlson is saying Ana Navarro is more radical than any of the hundreds of rioters arrested for shattering windows to infiltrate the Capitol, beat and traumatize police officers, ransack congressional offices, and call for the execution of any politician they perceived as disloyal to Trump. He said Navarro was more radical than Ashli Babbitt, the conspiracy theorist who was shot and killed while attempting to lead a mob into the Speakers' Gallery through a shattered window, despite verbal warnings.
Sadly, targeting those who debunk him—especially women of color like Black MSNBC anchor Joy Reid [whom Carlson has dubbed "the Race Lady"] and, now, Navarro—is nothing new for Carlson. His on-air diatribes assigning Deep State roles to his opposition sends harassment to his targets from millions of viewers.
But Ana Navarro punched back at the diatribe.
Navarro said it was a "badge of honor" to be attacked by "hate-peddler, liar-for-hire" Tucker Carlson, and that she was proud to be on the opposite side of a racist defending insurrectionists.
People applauded her response.
But for all too many, Carlson is somehow considered a voice of truth, and his viewers got their orders for whom to target.
Irresponsible, to say the least.