Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Former Fox News Editor Calls Tucker Carlson’s January 6th ‘Beyond Reckless’

A former Fox News editor called Fox and Tucker Carlson’s recent unsubstantiated “documentary” of the January 6 uprising “reckless” as it continues to fuel fury over a legitimate presidential election.

Former Fox Digital Policy Editor Chris Stirwalt compared Carlson’s Patriotic Purge show about the US Capitol riots to the “junk” presented by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his Infowars website.

(Carlson praised Jones, the 9/11 denier, as a good “journalist” on Thursday, shortly after Jones was found guilty in a fourth defamation trial for his horrific lies about the children killed in the Sandy Hook school massacre. in 2012.)

“If you can say something and not support it, except when you are a conspiracy theorist, then it’s useless,” Stirwalt said Thursday in the Talkline podcast with Hoppy Kercheval on West Virginia MetroNews.

Carlson wrongly argued that the January 6 riot by supporters of then President Donald Trump was potentially a false flag event organized by the federal government to make the right look bad. This means that the FBI, various National Guard units, politicians, judges, police forces, witnesses and thousands of actors across the country were complicit in this and did not divulge a word about the alleged conspiracy.

Stirwalt, who is currently a contributing editor for The Dispatch and a full-time employee of the right-wing American Enterprise Institute, was fired by Fox News shortly after his political team called Joe Biden in Arizona on the night of the 2020 presidential election. …

Biden did win Arizona, as confirmed by several recounts. The results were even backed by a controversial multi-million dollar audit by the Republican-controlled state senate.

Stirwalt praised conservative commentators John Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, who left their Fox positions last month to protest Carlson’s “dangerous” rewriting of history.

They criticized Carlson’s January 6 program as “a collection of incoherent conspiracies riddled with factual inaccuracies, half-truths, deceptive imagery and horrific omissions.”

“Steve and Jonah did by giving up compensation and notable office — putting their money literally where they said it,” Stirwalt said.

Check out Stirwalt’s full interview in the tweet above.

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