Tucker Carlson plays surprising audio of CNN’s boss sucking up to Michael Cohen when he was with Trump

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson exposed CNN chief Jeff Zucker’s duplicitous behavior during his opening segment Tuesday evening by playing audio clips of him cozying up to Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer.

Noting that Cohen, who pleaded guilty in 2018 to tax evasion, campaign finance violations, and lying to the Senate during testimony, will promote his new book during a prime-time CNN interview Wednesday, Carlson said it’s not likely that he’ll get many “tough questions” because “he’s got a lot of close friends” at the network, including host Chris Cuomo.


(Source: Fox News)

“Cohen is also close to CNN president Jeff Zucker, the man who moonlights as a Democrat campaign operative,” Carlson continued, noting that the two men’s personal lives have been intertwined for years.

“The relationship tells you a lot about how things actually work in media and politics,” Carlson said, recounting a “case in point” stemming from a March 2016 cellphone call.

“Cohen called Jeff Zucker on his cellphone — CNN was hosting [a Republican] debate that night in Miami and Cohen, who was working for Donald Trump at the time, wanted to check in about it,” said Carlson.

After the two exchanged pleasantries and some family talk, Carlson said Zucker “launched into an extended lecture about his own self-importance.”

“Here’s the thing…you cannot be elected president of the United States without CNN,” Zucker reportedly told Cohen. “FOX and MSNBC are irrelevant…irrelevant…in electing a general election candidate.”

Carlson noted: “If you wanna run the country, in other words, Jeff Zucker said, you’ve got to sniff my throne.”

He then says Zucker bragged about how well his network was doing, implying that CNN did not need Trump, it was the other way around.

“You guys have had great instincts, great guts and great understanding of everything. But you’re missing the boat on how it works going forward,” Zucker said during the March 2016 phone call.

The host said that Cohen responded by telling Zucker to email candidate Trump and tell him that very thing. However, Zucker balked, informing the president’s lawyer that he did not like leaving electronic communication trails.

“It turns out that Jeff Zucker doesn’t like to write things down,” Carlson said. “Sneaky people never do.”

At that, Carlson played audio of Zucker explaining his hesitancy.

“I’ve very conscious of not putting too much in email, as you’re a lawyer, as you understand,” he said. “And, you know, and as fond as I am of the boss [Trump], he also has a tendency, like, you know, if I call him or I email him he then is capable of going out at his next rally and saying that we just talked, and I can’t have that if you know what I’m saying.”

“Yeah, we know what you’re saying, Jeff Zucker,” Carlson intoned. “You’re saying that secretly, when you think no one is watching, you’re more than happy to play all sides.”

Carlson said Zucker appeared eager to ingratiate himself with the president through his lawyer, “but what you don’t want is anyone in your tiny, self-righteous, Left-wing, rich person world to know” that.

“What would Don Lemon think if he knew you were talking to Orange Satan?” Carlson said mockingly. “Brooke Baldwin might storm off the set!”

“The world would conclude that you’re a dishonest phony so you’ve gotta keep it all hidden,” Carlson added.

Zucker, who has publicly been a vociferous critic of President Trump since his election, noted in his phone call with Cohen that he didn’t mind talking to the then-leading GOP contender. But he just couldn’t let it be made public.

Also, as Carlson noted in his report, at one point the CNN boss wanted to produce a weekly program starring the president on his network.

He also gave Cohen some political advice for Trump ahead of the debate.

“There it is, that’s how it really works. Inside tips on how to navigate the CNN debate from the head of CNN!” Carlson added.

Later, Carlson blasted Zucker again, saying he should resign from his position if he really believes in the critical race theory about ‘white privilege’ pushed by his network hosts and guests.

“White privilege is very real, they’re telling you. It is time for a ‘reckoning on race relations,'” Carlson said. “You hear that all the time, but at some point, you’ve got to wonder why any of these people, the most privileged people in America, still have their jobs. If they meant what they were saying, why haven’t they resigned and given their highly-paid gigs to oppressed people?

“That’s a very good question,” he continued. “It’s the core question and someone ought to ask Jeff Zucker about that some time. Zucker is the head of CNN, he’s a graduate of Harvard University. He’s been in television his entire adult life. Jeff Zucker is the embodiment of privilege if there ever was one. According to critical race theory, the theory that he espouses and defends, Jeff Zucker got his job precisely because of systemic racism. So why does he still have it? How can he bear to hold that job?

“Needless to say, Jeff Zucker has no plans to resign. Instead, according to sources, he ordered his minions to attack this show for the crime of criticizing critical theory,” Carlson went on. “And, over the weekend, the most dutiful ones did just that.”

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