Tucker Carlson is being mocked online again, this time for an epic self-own. Carlson has admitted to lying to viewers on-air, but criticized those on other news networks who "look right into the camera and lie."
While staring directly into the camera, as he very often does, Carlson said:
"These people are so partisan they'll say literally anything. They'll look right into the camera and lie"
Carlson claimed that he lies "out of weakness or whatever" during an interview with conservative host Dave Rubin back in September.
"I mean, I lie if I'm really cornered or something. I lie. I really try not to. I try never to lie on TV. I just don't―I don't like lying. I certainly do it, you know, out of weakness or whatever."
He then tried to defend his lies as different than when others lie.
"So if these people ask themselves why am I doing this? And they say, well, I want to protect the system because I really believe in the system. OK, who's running the system? You're lying to defend Jeff Bezos? Like, you're treating Bill Gates like some sort of moral leader, like, are you kidding me? How dare you do that."
It wasn't long before the clip was shared to Twitter and went viral for the sheer level of hypocrisy.
It took no time at all for people to begin the mockery.
Carlson's tendencies toward "terminological inexactitude"—to quote Sir Winston Churchill—are so well known attorneys for Fox News actually got a judge to dismiss a lawsuit last year on the assertion that nobody reasonably expects what Carlson says to be true.
United States District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil granted the defense's request to dismiss the suit, saying in her comments:
"Given Mr. Carlson's reputation, any reasonable viewer 'arrive[s] with an appropriate amount of skepticism' about the statements he makes."