Tucker Carlson admits he's a liar but tries not to lie on television

Brian Niemietz, New York Daily News on

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In another moment of earnestness, Carlson said he’s done stuff like that, too, but tries not to.

“There have been many times in the 25 years I’ve been in TV where I think you know, are we using this, like, very substantial power that we have to put pictures on the screen to hurt weak people,” Carlson said. “And I have done that, inadvertently over the years because I got carried away. But I really try not to.”

According to Carlson, people who work on his show know it’s who you attack that’s important in the end.

“If you’re gonna,’ you know, take a punch, make sure it’s upward,” he said. “Someone who is rich or stronger, more powerful, in charge of more things than you are.”

Carlson, a multimillionaire who frequently rails against immigrants and refugees on his nationally viewed show, said people who use their positions of power to abuse others “should have no power whatsoever, in my opinion.”


Fact-checking site PolitiFact has looked into 18 statements made by Carlson. It determined six of those statements contained at least some degree of truth, while the others were entirely false.

Researcher Matthew Gertz of the media watchdog group Media Matters for America said last month “it’s fruitless to fact-check a wildly dishonest demagogue like Tucker Carlson,” but he does it anyway.

True or not, Fox News viewers are buying what Carlson’s selling. Nielsen ratings showed a dominant August for Fox News overall with “Tucker Carlson Tonight” leading the way behind an average total audience of 3.3 million viewers.

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