LIAR LIAR Tucker Carlson Hypes Steve Bannon Conspiracy Theory That FBI Is Purging Trump Supporters
You know for sure you’re scrapping the bottom of the barrel when you report “new” based on what Steve Bannon says. And that’s where Fox News’ Tucker Carlson ended up on Friday. Not that Carlson’s sources of information were ever credible, or even sensible.
Carlson’s Friday episode of his “White Wing Power Hour” featured a segment that started with moths “Fox News Alert” banner that adorns every story on the network, from immigrant trailers full of sick gang members, to Democrats desexualizing animated candy characters.
Carlson was in his typical state of confused hysteria about another sensationalized event he heard about from one of his (addicted?) crack stringers. According incorrigible criminal, Steve Bannonthe “Booted Gestapo” of the FBI goes wild, “raid” the lairs of dozens of “innocent” Followers of the Trump cult under the leadership of President Biden. Never mind that there is no evidence of such raids. That doesn’t stop 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 this but apparently the FBI has launched a full-scale purge of Donald Trump supporters. This would be Joe Biden’s likely opponent in the upcoming presidential election. And that purge has escalated dramatically today. So Steve Bannon just said that just yesterday the FBI raided the homes of dozens of Trump allies.
Note that Carlson asserts this nonsense as fact although he admits he does not. “know the settings” fiction that it broadcasts on national television. He depicts this imaginary injustice as a “large-scale purge” opponents of Biden whose homes have been ransacked by rogue law enforcement officers. Purged of what, he does not say.
Carlson then interviewed an attorney who said she was representing the alleged victims. But by his own count, there were only three of them and none of their homes were raided. They simply received subpoenas for information relating to crimes involving surrogate voters, illegal fundraising and the Jan. 6 insurrection that Trump instigated.
Throughout these segments, Carlson displayed on-screen chyrons that said “The FBI would have searched dozens of Trump supporters” and “Up to 50 Trump supporters raided across the United States” Again, there were no credible reports of searches, even by the victims’ lawyer. The only “report” comes from Bannon, who said without any verification that…
“There were 35 senior MAGA members, Republicans, supporters of Donald Trump that the FBI took on.”
This whole horror story seems to have happened after ABC News reported that a federal grand jury is investigating Trump’s ridiculous name “Save America” PAC for potentially illegal fundraising programs…
“A federal grand jury investigating the activities leading up to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and the pressure by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election result has expanded its investigation to include seeking information on Trump’s leadership PAC, Save America, sources with direct knowledge tell ABC News.” […]
“The subpoenas, issued to several people in recent weeks, specifically seek to understand Save America’s training schedule, 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 former president’s multiple investigations, his business dealings and his actions on 6 January.”
From this seed of truth, Bannon and his confederates in the Trump propaganda factories fabricated these claims of non-existent raids. And Carlson was only too happy to pick up the ball and run with it. Yet somehow this type of crapola is allowed to air on a network that claims to report the news, by a host who argued in court that he cannot be held liable for defamation because “no reasonable person” would never believe what he says. Unfortunately, there are far too many unreasonable people watching – and believing – Tucker Carlson and Fox News.
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