Tucker Carlson Fires Back at NY Times After They Accuse Him of “Harassment”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson took aim at the New York Times after the publication accused him of a “calculated and cruel” attack on one of their journalists.
During Tuesday night’s show, Carlson ridiculed New York Times journalist Taylor Lorenz, who claimed to have been the target of an online harassment campaign that ultimately “destroyed her life.”
That segment drew a response from the publication, who issued a statement condemning Carlson.
Our response to Tuesday night's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" broadcast. pic.twitter.com/LkvaLjcRl5
— NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) March 10, 2021
From the Post Millennial:
“In a now familiar move, Tucker Carlson opened his show last night by attacking a journalist,” the Times said in a statement released Wednesday evening.
“It was a calculated and cruel tactic, which he often deploys to unleash a wave of harassment and vitriol at his intended target. Taylor Lorenz is a talented New York Times journalist doing timely and essential reporting. Journalists should be able to do their jobs without facing harassment,” the Times continued.
The statement drew the ire of Carlson, who accused the New York Times of inserting itself into the news:
“Newspapers generally try to keep themselves out of the news. They don’t weigh in to defend their own reporters. Unless something very serious has happened,” said Tucker Carlson sparing no time to hold back thoughts.
“You see it when a correspondent is being detained by soldiers at the Tibetan border, for instance, or when someone’s been kidnapped by ISIS in Syria,” said Carlson. “But you generally don’t see it in response to criticism from a cable news show.”
“Today, the New York Times made an exception to that rule and jumped ferociously to the defense of its social media reporter, Taylor Lorenz.”
Carlson then took aim at the publication for its hypocrisy, saying they have no problem attacking their opponents but cry foul when people notice:
“It’s a pretty good scam the New York Times has going. They get to hurt you at will but you’re not allowed to notice,” said Carlson. “Notice what they are doing and you are calculated and cruel.”
Carlson slammed the Times for their hypocrisy after they sent a reporter to his house last summer to intimidate him. “We know this because we experienced this summer. The Times tried to send a reporter to my house just to make absolutely certain that everyone knows where my kids live.”
“Journalists try to make their living trying to destroy your life but if you say a single word about it, you’re a criminal, a moral monster,” added Tucker during Wednesday night’s fiery segment.
Carlson has long been the target of criticism from mainstream media outlets, who have in the past accused the Fox News host of endangering journalists that he criticizes on his show.
That criticism has failed to dissuade Carlson, whose fiery monologues and attacks on political opponents have vaulted his show to the top of the cable news ratings.
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