CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter, host of Reliable Sources, went all in Sunday with his hatred of Fox News and the network’s top-rated host Tucker Carlson, going so far as to suggest Carlson may be staging a 2024 presidential run.
Hey, there’s a reason CNN is frequently referred to as the fake news network.
In setting his sights on the competition, Stelter declared: “Tucker Carlson is the new Donald Trump.”
Carlson apparently drew a little too much attention last week for Stelter, who was all but frothing at the mouth as he fell back on deranged hatred of the former president to try to get others onboard his Hate Tucker campaign.
“Even though Republicans are out of power, the use of the media — their use of the media, has a major impact on the Democrats. And on political dysfunction,” Stelter said. “So what I’m about to say directly impacts President Biden and his administration. All right. Are you ready for it? Here is my conclusion: Tucker Carlson is the new Donald Trump.”
“Tucker has taken Trump’s place as a right wing leader, as an outraged generator, as a fire starter,” he continued. “And it’s happening on Fox, just like Trump’s campaign did. Which means Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch are ultimately responsible. ”
Stelter went on about how the two men are similar.
“Every day Carlson is throwing bombs, making online memes, offending millions of people,” he spewed. “Delighting millions of other and tapping into white male rage and resentment, stoking distrust of big tech in the media. Generally coarsening the discourse, never apologizing for anything and setting the GOP’s agenda.”
And this is where the CNN host went off the rails with his analogy, which will make Tucker Carlson Tonight must-see TV on Monday just to hear his response.
“Sounds like a recently retired president, right?” Stelter ranted on. “Even before the 2020 election, there was informed speculation about Carlton as a 2024 candidate. Of course some of his attractors say he’s just a troll. He’s just really good at ticking people off. But isn’t that what they said about Trump for years?”
Claiming Carlson employs the same approach Trump uses, he said “it’s the paranoid style in American politics all over again.”
Stelter proceeded to give a heavily biased, even distorted take on a series of recent stories Carlson covered last week, to include his little tiff with the Pentagon, mocking Meghan Markle, and the “berating” of a New York Times reporter.
Again, while sounding envious of Carlson’s success, he called out the Murdochs.
“What Tucker wants is attention. What Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch want for him is attention — as this headline put it, he’s the post Trump MAGA champion,” Stelter claimed.
“Fox News is increasingly the Tucker Carlson channel, and the Murdochs recently cut a deal with Tucker to expand his profile on Fox’s streaming service, too,” he ranted on. “It’s ultimately all about the Murdocks and what they want. How they’re going to keep the profits flowing by giving the viewers more and more radicalized content — led by Tucker Carlson.”
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