Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson offered a damning assessment of the network as she explained just how bad its spread of conspiracy theories and misinformation has become.
During an appearance on the CNN segment, "Democracy in Peril," Carlson discussed many aspects of Fox News' critical role in the spread of misinformation and falsehoods. Since former President Donald Trump took office, conspiracy theories have been on the rise and Fox News has become a driving force for it.
Conservative primetime news anchor Tucker Carlson has been at the center of misinformation and the power of his opinion has begun to influence Republican members of Congress.
“This is the result of fake news,” Carlson said. “You know, we're seeing not only the fallout from fake news during the Trump era, but what happened with the insurrection on January 6th. Now it's moving into other areas. Not just news, now it’s hitting science with vaccines, and now it’s into Cold War politics.”
Carlson also touched on another significant topic as she shed light on the actions of her former Fox News colleagues, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. While they reportedly sent pleas to the White House for the violence to stop on Jan. 6, they still put up a united front on-air and circulated a completely different narrative about the series of events that unfolded.
“I think the bigger story coming out of that is how disingenuous it was to be sending those texts of warning while then going on the air to the American people and doing a complete injustice and disservice by saying something completely opposite,” Carlson said, “and ginning up this whole reaction that it was just fine and patriotic for people to be there on January 6th.”
She went on to express concern about the journalistic state of her former network since the rise of Trump. Carlson also noted how conspiracy theories have become a fallacious replacement for opinion.
“Slowly but surely, this has morphed into eradicating any other point of view since the Trump era that is not just opinion,” Carlson said. “It's gone from an opinion, which was fine, to completely devolving into non-fact-based conspiracy theories and outright dangerous rhetoric, in my mind, and I think it’s a complete disservice to our country.”
Noting the dangers of biased journalism, Carlson explained how dangerous it is to only get information from one news source. She also stressed how imperative it is for Republican leaders and lawmakers to use their platforms to offer clarity regarding some of the dangerous false narratives perpetuated by Fox News.
“For the safety of the Republican Party and for our democracy, I wish more would, because this is not going to end well, in my mind,” Carlson said. “It's really hard to change people's opinions because they're only watching what they want to hear, you know? And that's the other problem that we have in society with the media right now, is that we're so siloed into only watching what we agree with. And so every day that thought process just gets reinforced time after time.”
Carlson also conceded that conservative media has changed considerably over the last five years as there is no longer a clear line between opinion and conspiracy theory. “Conservative television news is certainly not the conservative news that was out there even just five years ago,” Carlson said, later adding, “There’s a big difference between having a conservative opinion and having one that supports conspiracy theories.”
"There is a big difference between having a conservative opinion and having one that supports conspiracy theories" \n\n@GretchenCarlson on how the far-right media is aiding in dismantling the US democracy.pic.twitter.com/ggFmgNNU4Q— CNN Newsroom (@CNN Newsroom) 1643339143
The Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol issued 14 new subpoenas to "individuals who participated as purported 'alternate electors' for former President Trump."
The seven states in question are Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) explained “The Select Committee is seeking information about attempts in multiple states to overturn the results of the 2020 election, including the planning and coordination of efforts to send false slates of electors to the National Archives."
"We believe the individuals we have subpoenaed today have information about how these so-called alternate electors met and who was behind that scheme. We encourage them to cooperate with the Select Committee’s investigation to get answers about January 6th for the American people and help ensure nothing like that day ever happens again," he said.
Nancy Cottle and Loraine B. Pellegrino were subpoenaed in Arizona; David Shafer and Shawn Still in Georgia; Kathy Berden and Mayra Rodriguez in Michigan; Jewll Powdrell, and Deborah W. Maestas in New Mexico; Michael J. McDonald and James DeGraffenreid in Nevada; Bill Bachenberg and Lisa Patton in Pennsylvania; Andrew Hitt and Kelly Ruh in Wisconsin.
The Select Committee has obtained information that groups of individuals met on December 14th, 2020 in seven states carried by President Biden, then submitted bogus slates of Electoral-College votes for former President Trump.— January 6th Committee (@January 6th Committee) 1643396646
We believe the individuals we have subpoenaed today have information about how these so-called alternate electors met and who was behind that scheme.\n\nWe encourage them to cooperate with the Select Committee\u2019s investigation.https://january6th.house.gov/news/press-releases/select-committee-subpoenas-alternate-electors-seven-states\u00a0\u2026— January 6th Committee (@January 6th Committee) 1643396649
Only two cycles after hyping — and then abandoning — a run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan, Kid Rock is being urged to run for office in a different state.
"Rock is being recruited by some MAGA members of Congress to run for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, where he owns a sprawling estate in Nashville," Politico reported Friday.
The report came only days after the release of his profane new song "We the People." The song has topped the charts on iTunes but is not radio suitable as the word "f*ck" prefaces Dr. Anthony Fauci, Facebook, Twitter, and the press.
"Let's go Brandon," which has been embraced as code for "f*ck Joe Biden," is featured in the song's chorus.
Donald Trump has already endorsed former State Department spokesperson and Fox News contributor Morgan Ortagus, while Candace Owens, Seb Gorka, and Jenna Ellis are backing former music video producer Robby Starbuck.
On Wednesday, the musician said he spoke with the former president.
"Oh, and by the way…. I just got off the phone with our 45th President (hopefully 47th) and he expressed how proud of me he was over 'We The People' being the #1 song on Itunes! Suck on that you trolls, critics and haters!" Kid Rock posted to Twitter.
Advice for what his critics should suck on was also a theme in Kid Rock's new song.
"F*ck CNN, f*ck TMZ," he sang. "And you social media trolls, y'all can suck on deez (deez), zeez nuts, that's what's up."
The seat is currently held by Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), who announced he would not seek re-election, citing gerrymandering of the district by legislative Republicans during redistricting.
"Republicans are basically cheating. They haven't been able to elect a Democrat in Nashville for 100 years. This isn't about me, so now they're getting rid of Nashville politically. They're colonizing Nashville," Cooper told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace on Thursday.
In 2019, Kid Rock posted a photo to Twitter showing him golfing with Trump while wearing American flag pants.
Another great day on the links! Thank you to POTUS for having me and to EVERYONE at Trump International for being so wonderful. What a great man, so down to earth and so fun to be with!! KEEP AMERICA GREAT!! -Kid Rockpic.twitter.com/cSsswI5PbW— KidRock (@KidRock) 1553378137
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