Tucker Carlson, who has admitted to lying to his viewers, on Thursday night looked into the camera and complained about people who “look right into the camera and lie.”
Carlson was complaining about voices on other cable news networks, but the clip quickly went viral for how well it applied to himself:
In an interview in September, Carlson admitted to lying.
“I mean, I lie if I’m really cornered or something,” he said. “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.”
Last year, Fox News won a slander case when its attorneys argued that Carlson “is not stating actual facts’” but “is instead engaging in ‘exaggeration’ and ‘non-literal commentary,’” U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil wrote.
“Given Mr. Carlson’s reputation, any reasonable viewer ‘arrive[s] with an appropriate amount of skepticism’,” she added.
With that history in mind, Carlson’s critics pounced: