On Sunday, CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter spoke out to rebuke Fox News host Tucker Carlson. He went as far as to describe him as the “new Donald Trump.”
“I have come to one inescapable conclusion about the GOP and the media,” Stelter began. “I want to see you if you agree or disagree with me.”
He continued, “Even though Republicans are out of power, their use of the media has a major impact on the Democrats and political dysfunction.”
“So what I’m about to say directly impacts President Biden and his administration,” Stelter went on. “All right, are you ready for it? Here is my conclusion: Tucker Carlson is the new Donald Trump.”
Still, he didn’t stop there.
“Tucker has taken Trump’s place as a right-wing leader, as an outrage generator, as a fire starter. And it’s all happening on Fox, just like Trump’s campaign did, which means Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch are ultimately responsible,” he continued.
“I mean, think about all the ways these two men are similar,” the CNN host added. “Every day, Carlson is throwing bombs, making online memes, offending millions of people, also delighting millions of others, tapping into white male rage and resentment, stoking distrust of big tech in the media, generally coarsening the discourse, never apologizing for anything, and setting the GOP’s agenda.”
Then he asked: “Sounds like a recently retired president, right?”
“Even before the 2020 election, there was informed speculation about Carlson as a 2024 candidate. Of course, some of Carlson’s detractors say, ‘He’s just a troll. He’s really good at taking people off.’ But isn’t that what they said about Trump for years?” He concluded.
CNN political analyst April Ryan agreed with Stelter on air, saying: “He’s a thorn in the Biden side. He’s a thorn in everyone’s side. He is stirring a deadly witch’s brew in his cauldron, all to gain more attention and more people, which translates to money for Fox. Tucker Carlson has put a lot of people’s lives on the line for his entertainment purposes. Millions of Americans around the world—lives on the line!”
With the way CNN mentioned Tucker Carlson on air more than 20 times from Wednesday to Sunday, they just might be right.
Watch Gary Franchi report on the issue here: