You know for sure that you’re scrapping the bottom of the barrel when you’re reporting “news” based on what Steve Bannon says. And that’s where Tucker Carlson of Fox News found himself on Friday. Not that Carlson’s sources for news have ever been credible, or even sane.
Carlson’s Friday episode of his “White-Wing Power Hour” featured a segment that began with the moth-eaten “Fox News Alert” banner that adorns every story on the network, from immigrant caravans full of diseased gang members, to Democrats desexualizing animated candy characters..
Carlson was in his typical state of confused hysterics over another sensationalized event he heard about from one of his crack (addicted?) stringers. According to incorrigible felon, Steve Bannon, the “jack-booted Gestapos” of the FBI are on a rampage, “raiding” the lairs of dozens of “innocent” Trump cult followers at the direction of President Biden. Never mind that there is no evidence whatsoever of any such raids. That doesn’t deter Carlson from reporting this fake atrocity as fact…
“So a remarkable story… A Fox News alert for you. We don’t know the parameters of it but apparently the FBI has launched a full-scale purge of supporters of Donald Trump. That would be Joe Biden’s likely opponent in the upcoming presidential election. And that purge has intensified significantly today. So Steve Bannon just said that yesterday alone, the FBI raided the homes of dozens of Trump allies.”
Tucker: We don’t know the parameters of it but apparently the FBI has launched a purge of Trump supporters pic.twitter.com/WtFrrnFrLu
— Acyn (@Acyn) September 10, 2022
Notice that Carlson is asserting this nonsense as fact despite admitting that he doesn’t “know the parameters” of the fiction he’s disseminating on national TV. He portrays this imaginary injustice as a “full-scale purge” of Biden opponents whose homes were pillaged by rogue agents of the law. Purged from what, he doesn’t say.
Carlson went on to interview an attorney who said that she represented the alleged victims. But by her own count they were only three of them, and none of their homes were raided. They merely received subpoenas for information relating to crimes involving alternate electors, illegal fundraising, and the January 6th insurrection that Trump incited.
Dhillon: Three of our clients actually did either get search warrants or subpoenas.. They ask for all communications dating from a month before the election until a month after the election… The categories are alternate electors, fundraising.. pic.twitter.com/6JmMZll7sw
— Acyn (@Acyn) September 10, 2022
Throughout these segments, Carlson displayed chyrons on screen that said “FBI Reportedly Raids Dozens of Trump Supporters” and “Up To 50 Trump Supporters Raided Across the U.S.” Once again, there were no credible reports of any raids, even by the victims’ lawyer. The only “report” came from Bannon, who said without any verification that…
“There were 35 senior members of MAGA, Republicans, supporters of Donald Trump that the FBI rolled in on.”
Bannon claims today that there were FBI raids on the homes of 35 different senior members of MAGA yesterday. pic.twitter.com/cXvgOVqYVK
— Ron Filipkowski ?? (@RonFilipkowski) September 9, 2022
This whole horror story appears to have been hatched after ABC News reported that a federal grand jury is investigating Trump’s ridiculously named “Save America” PAC for potentially unlawful fundraising schemes…
“A federal grand jury investigating the activities leading up the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and the push by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the result of the 2020 election has expanded its probe to include seeking information about Trump’s leadership PAC, Save America, sources with direct knowledge tell ABC News.” […]
“The subpoenas, sent to several individuals in recent weeks, are specifically seeking to understand the timeline of Save America’s formation, the organization’s fundraising activities, and how money is both received and spent by the Trump-aligned PAC.” […]
“Trump and his allies have consistently pushed supporters to donate to the PAC, often using false claims about the 2020 election and soliciting donations to rebuke the multiple investigations into the former president, his business dealings, and his actions on Jan. 6.”
From that seed of truth, Bannon and his confederates in the Trump propaganda factories, manufactured these allegations of non-existent raids. And Carlson was only too happy to pick up the ball and run with it. Yet somehow this sort of crapola is allowed to be aired on a network that claims to report the news, by a host who has argued in court that he can’t be held responsible for defamation because “no reasonable person” would ever believe what he says. Unfortunately, there are way too many unreasonable persons watching – and believing – Tucker Carlson and Fox News.
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