Tucker Carlson said on his Friday night Fox News show that CNN is attempting to force the network off the air by asking cable carriers about deplatforming it. Carlson claimed at least six cable carriers have been contacted by CNN on the request.
CNN has been on the attack against Fox, which has lately taken ratings hits as it moderates its conservative stance. CNN said Fox was being “irresponsible and dangerous” in its broadcasts, and cited Carlson for not saying that Trump who invaded the Capitol building Wednesday were mounting an insurrection.
“With enemies like this, Fox News will be around for a long, long time,” Carlson said, targeting CNN’s Brianna Keilar for her comments and CNN President Jeff Zucker for allowing them.
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Keilar called Carlson “entirely fantastical” and also used her Twitter account to call him “a propagandist. A liar. A parasite” for his coverage.
Carlson also mentioned an article from CNN’s Oliver Darcy on its website that questioned whether cable carriers should continue carrying Fox.
“It’s hard, for instance, to imagine they’d carry a fringe and conspiratorial network like InfoWars,” Darcy wrote. “So why do AT&T (which I should note is CNN’s parent company), CenturyLink, and Verizon carry OAN? Why do AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, Comcast, Charter, and Dish carry Newsmax?”
“And why do they all carry Fox — which is, frankly, at times just as irresponsible and dangerous with its platform as its smaller competitor networks?”
Carlson responded by claiming CNN was “calling for censorship” of a competitor.
“Friday morning, CNN announced that it is working to force the Fox News Channel off the air and run this company out of business,” Carlson said. “A number of prominent Democrats, including officeholders, support that effort. CNN staffers have already contacted the six major cable carriers in this country, the companies that carry our signal into your home, and pressured them to drop Fox News. On what pretext, you may ask? On the pretext that this show and others on the channel are directly responsible for the violence at the U.S. Capitol this week.
“Here you have a news company calling for censorship, a TV network demanding that media conglomerates ban its competitors,” Carlson said. “That’s terrifying, but it’s also, if we’re being completely honest here, kind of amusing.”
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