Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted hypocritical CNN for paying lip service to defending free speech while aggressively silencing its critics and censoring conservative viewpoints.
“In the past couple of days, you have heard a lot of huffing and puffing about ‘free speech’ and ‘freedom of the press,’ and how those freedoms are currently imperiled by the White House,” Tucker said. “CNN is claiming to defend free speech — only when it is their speech.”
Carlson made the remarks hours after Fox News issued a lame statement supporting CNN’s laughable lawsuit against President Trump for revoking Jim Acosta’s hard pass after he assaulted a female White House intern.
Tucker — a vocal proponent of unfettered free speech — said CNN is being hypocritical now, when it claims to champion free speech simply because Jim Acosta was denied access to the White House for assaulting a female intern.
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y
— Kayleigh McEnany 45 Archived (@PressSec45) November 8, 2018
“To be clear, we are for free speech. Unfettered, absolute free speech,” Carlson said. “The kind of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment and ratified consistently by the Supreme Court. We’ve defended that kind of free speech almost every night here for the last two years. Many others — mostly on the left — have attacked speech.”
He continued: “So we know who is in for free speech and who is against it. And we cannot help but notice that some of free speech’s greatest enemies are now posing as its defenders — all of a sudden.”
“Take CNN, for example. It was a CNN that almost single-handedly led the campaign to have broadcaster Alex Jones banished from the Internet, on the grounds that they didn’t like what Jones had to say.
Ultimately, CNN succeeded in doing that. The network convinced every major tech platform to ban Jones and his outlet, Infowars. You don’t have to like Alex Jones to see that as a terrifying loss for free speech, because it was exactly that.
But CNN was not done trying to silence its critics. Last year, the cable network threatened an anonymous Reddit user for creating an anti-CNN meme. CNN threatened to expose his identity and ruin his life if it was ever criticized by him again.
Now CNN is claiming to defend free speech — only when it is their speech.”
Tucker also pointed out that CNN never objected when the government threatened to imprison employees of the cable channel RT if they didn’t register as foreign agents. RT is owned by a foreign government, but so is the BBC.
Carlson then noted that the New York Times was, until last year, owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. In December 2017, Slim sold off half his holdings (then worth $240 million) in the liberal newspaper.
Carlos Slim is still reportedly the second-largest shareholder in the New York Times. Is it any wonder that their news coverage is so leftist and anti-Trump?
“Until last year, much of the New York Times’ was owned by a foreign national. This is true of other news organizations, none of which has ever registered as a foreign agent.
But because RT is owned by Russia — which the left believes got Donald Trump elected — it is fine with CNN if they are bullied and silenced. So, call CNN what you will, but don’t pretend they are defenders of the First Amendment. They are not.”
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