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Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been upfront about his low opinion on the caliber of reporting at The New York Times, but Friday he presented new findings on the outlet that suggest they’ve moved beyond biased journalism, and he alleged the newspaper “is committing fraud.”
During the latest episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host explained that a member of his production team had signed up for the Times’ monthly subscription nearly a year ago. When the monthly fee increased to $17 the decision was made to cancel the subscription and a representative for the Times told them in April the requested cancelation would go through.
In May, the bill came through again anyway, and after a second call to cancel the subscription, they were billed yet again for the month of May. “So, we called the Times to find out what’s going on. Within minutes, the customer service reps of The New York Times confessed that the company is committing fraud. That’s not an overstatement. It’s what happened.”
“The reason that it was not canceled,” the representative stated, “it was rejected in the system due to an in progress transaction attempt.”
She went on further and noted, “Now, it looks like again, someone tried to cancel it…They got the exact same system response. System was still trying to process the transaction.”
“Oh, so the system won’t let you cancel your Times subscription even if you don’t want it,” Carlson explained. “Our requests were rejected on two separate occasions a month apart. Now, according to the newspaper the system simply wouldn’t allow it either time.”
Naturally, the next recourse was to seek a refund for the bills after the request for cancelation had been submitted. However, that effort was stymied by “the system” as well, as the representative laid out:
“Now as for the refund of those two transactions you were trying to avoid, it does not look like that those were processed at all. So, I’m going to have to do that for you now, which shouldn’t be a problem. Right? ‘Billing event is being processed.’ Why is there another event being processed? That doesn’t make any sense.”
“It doesn’t make sense,” Carlson contended, “unless you’re The New York Times and you’re trying to rip off your customers which is the only way you can stay in business because you’re so bad no normal person would ever pay to read you.”
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) May 1, 2022
The Fox News host has been openly critical of the Times, especially considering the hit jobs they’ve attempted on him, and he questioned who would still be subscribing.
“The New York Times has been getting much worse for years, when [President Donald] Trump got elected it became unreadable, and now it’s just essentially a parody site. It’s like the Babylon Bee but with no self-awareness and yet, their subscriber numbers aren’t going down even though no human being could read The New York Times and take it seriously, you really have to be in a coma. So is everybody subscribing to The New York Times in a coma?” Carlson asked.
According to the representative, “The system needs to work, this is not ok. People have definitely been charged after cancelation.”
That revelation prompted Carlson to caution viewers who may have once had subscriptions to the Times to check their bank statements and verify that they are no longer being charged, “There’s a pretty good chance The New York Times is still taking your money. So again, that’s fraud and we hope it’s rectified.”
It is unknown how extensive these “system” errors are regarding failed refunds and cancelations, but the host had one evocative question on the matter, “Class action lawsuit, anyone?”
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