Tucker Carlson ignited backlash for his comments about “replacement” theory during a Fox News show. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt speaks to CNN’s Brian Stelter about Carlson’s rhetoric and the ADL’s letter to Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, says Fox host Tucker Carlson is taking white supremacist talking points and using a “primetime platform to mainstream them for millions of Americans.” He asks, “Where are the Murdochs? Where is the rest of the board at Fox? Again, where are the shareholders, the institutional investors?”
The Trump White House hired numerous people from Fox News. Now Fox is hiring numerous people from Trump’s orbit. Matt Gertz of the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters says nine former White House staffers, campaign aides and Trump family members are now on Fox’s payroll. He says Fox “understood they needed to keep Trump supporters on board, and the best way to do that was to put familiar faces” on the network.”
Katie Benner tells Brian Stelter about covering the investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz. “If you look at the investigation itself, it involves characters that all feel incentivized for various reasons to talk to the press,” she says. Philip Bump and Amanda Carpenter also weigh in.
Brian Stelter says Tucker Carlson is preying on his largely white audience’s fears of being “replaced” in an increasingly multicultural America. Amanda Carpenter points out that the “white replacement conspiracy theory fuses with the big election lie” and says “it is really the same idea.”
Brian Stelter says “the beginning of the Biden years is not the end of Trump’s war on truth” because the fractures and fault lines are still present: “The mainstreaming of conspiracy thinking, the demonizing of others, the gaslighting.” He says Tucker Carlson is now leading the “war” by parroting a white supremacist conspiracy theory.
CNN’s Brian Stelter says the widening Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) scandal is proving former Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s warning about elevating right-wing media stars as the future of the GOP right.
CNN’s Jim Acosta talks with Dr. Jonathan Reiner of George Washington University about the coronavirus surge Michigan is experiencing, and Texas governor Greg Abbott’s claim that, despite admittedly not knowing what herd immunity is, Texas is close to reaching it.