January 9, Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed in the broadcast that CNN News was trying to contact the American telecom operator to get Fox News offline. He also said that CNN’s initiative has the support of many important Democrats in the United States.
Carlson’s accusation comes from his Tonight Carlson program hosted by Fox News. He said in the broadcast: “On Friday morning, CNN announced that they would do their best to get Fox News offline and bankrupt the company.
Many Democrats in important positions have expressed their support.
For a long time, the pro-Republican and Trump Fox News has had political differences and business competition with the pro-Democratic CNN.
Carlson’s statement immediately attracted the attention of the American people to issues such as “freedom of speech”.
“CNN staff has actually contacted the six major telecom operators in the United States to pressure them to force them to let Fox News offline.” Carlson added in the program.
Regarding CNN’s reason for making Fox “go offline bankruptcy”, Carlson interpreted that “CNN accused Fox News of being responsible for Trump supporters for storming Congress” and accusing multiple Fox News programs, including Carlson himself, of “spreading false news and conspiracy theories”.
However, according to the author’s reference, there are still many doubts about Carlson’s accusation.
In the broadcast, Carlson repeatedly stated the so-called “CNN point of view” in a “direct quotation” tone, giving the audience the feeling that he was repeating the original statement of CNN.
However, up to now, the author has searched with the quotation marks of his report, and has not found the so-called “CNN statement” in public channels.
At the time of broadcast, Carlson did not specify what documents and staff members of CNN came from this accusation? Its sources were also not disclosed. In the absence of a clear source, Carlson’s “direct citation” presentation is largely inconsistent with the guidelines of journalism.
However, the author found some clues from Carlson’s program. Following the name of the CNN reporter “Olivia Darcy” mentioned by Carlson, the author found a commentary article.
The reporter is a senior media person in charge of business and technology in CNN News. The article also discusses the responsibility of telecommunications operators for false information.
Although the article does accuse Fox of “spreading false information” and mentions that telecom operators should strengthen the examination of media qualifications, it does not include Carlson’s statement that “requiring operators to take off Fox and get high-level Democratic support”.
In addition, this article is a subjective “commentary analysis” and cannot be regarded as the official statement of CNN.
At least from the available information, if Carlson’s allegations are true, the source may be that he managed to get internal information from some U.S. government and telecommunications operators.
It is worth mentioning that although we can’t confirm whether Carlson’s accusation is true this time, many CNN media people’s criticism of him are not groundless.
During the epidemic, when referring to the novel coronavirus, Carlson thought that the epidemic was “unfatal as expected” and called on all walks of life in the United States to boycott quarantine and other epidemic prevention regulations, which caused serious misinformation to many American people.