The National Security Agency has given Tucker Carlson a lesson in spycraft and fake news. One which looks certain to crank up the volume in the now war of words, real and imagined. In a rare social media rebuke, the agency shot down the Fox News Channel host’s recent self-described “shocking claim” that he and his prime time show were caught in an intelligence web.
Carlson on-air called the NSA’s comments “an infuriating dishonest formal statement.” He went on to call it, “a entire paragraph of lies written purely for the benefit of the intel community’s lackeys at CNN and MSNBC.” Carlson then bloviated “the NSA has read my private emails without my permission, period. That’s what we said. Today’s statement from the NSA does not deny that.”
The Insider reports:
The claim has been greeted with widespread skepticism, with some critics questioning why his colleagues at Fox News were not covering it as a major story if the evidence is as compelling as Carlson claims.
Carlson has long claimed that US intelligence agencies are seeking to persecute ordinary conservatives under the guise of investigating far-right extremism.
He has sought to downplay the significance of the violence during the Capitol riot, and in recent weeks pushed the conspiracy theory that the FBI may have instigated the riot in a bid to entrap Trump supporters.
A search of Fox’s transcripts did not reveal any coverage on Tuesday morning. Even “Fox & Friends,” the right-wing morning show on Fox News that has latched on to several of Trump’s conspiracy theories, passed on the story. And the Fox News website also did not appear to carry coverage of Carlson’s claim.
Fox’s top executives, such as chief executive Suzanne Scott and president Jay Wallace, had also not released statements condemning the NSA’s supposed behavior by Tuesday afternoon.
A Fox News spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on why the network was failing to cover Carlson’s claim that he had confirmed the federal government was actively conspiring to kick him off the air. The spokesperson also did not respond to questions about why Fox executives were remaining silent.
A statement from NSA regarding recent allegations: pic.twitter.com/vduE6l6YWg
— NSA/CSS (@NSAGov) June 30, 2021
Tucker Carlson responds to the NSA:
“We made a very straightforward claim: NSA has read my private emails without my permission… Tonight’s statement from the NSA does not deny that instead it comes with this non-sequitur: Tucker Carlson has never been an intel target.” pic.twitter.com/gGiP4HNtxw
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 30, 2021