The lengths to which right-wing media will go to convince you that what you saw with your own eyes wasn’t actually happening is truly extraordinary.
Despite tons of evidence — culled from videos, social, media posts, and the testimony of those arrested for participating in the January 6th violent insurrection at the Capitol Building — cynically manipulative agents of misinformation masquerading as “news anchors” continue to try to shift the blame for that unprecedented burst of sedition from Trump and his supporters to anyone else they can think of.
They do so to prevent the assignment of responsibility for the violence to the Republican Party and its street enforcement arms, including the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and Three percenters, despite copious evidence of their planning to storm the Capitol and prevent the certification of the election of Joe Biden as president.
With the right-wing propaganda machine variously blaming Antifa, a bunch of tourists, or denying that an insurrection even took place at all, Fox News host Tucker Carlson has come up with a new and even less believable theory of what was behind the events that took place in the wake of Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally.
Perhaps drawing on the news that the FBI employed certain members of the Proud Boys as informants in the wake of last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, Carlson has spun that detail into a fanciful theory that the crowd invading Congress was comprised primarily of FBI informants and was thus a planned “false flag” operation designed to bring shame on Trump and discredit his stolen election claims.
“Strangely, some of the key people who participated on the riot on January 6th have not been charged,” Carlson exclaimed on-air last night. “Look at the documents. The government calls them unindicted co-conspirators. What does it mean? Well, it means that potentially in every single case, they were FBI operatives.”
“For example, one of those unindicted co-conspirators is someone government documents only identify as Person 2,” Carlson continued. “According to those documents, Person 2 stayed in the same hotel as a man named Thomas Caldwell, an insurrectionist, a man alleged to be a member of the group, the Oath Keepers. Person 2 also allegedly stormed the barriers at the Capitol, the same as Thomas Caldwell.”
Carlson extrapolates from the above that Person 2 was in fact an “organizer” of the insurrection and that the FBI’s failure to indict this unnamed co-conspirator was somehow proof that this person was “working for the FBI” without offering a single bit of evidence to support that claim.
To the Fox News audience accustomed to ingesting outlandish conspiracy theories unsupported by a shred of evidence, this may perhaps seem plausible, but to anyone who still remains rooted in reality, Tucker Carlson’s speculative claims are as believable as Donald Trump’s fake tan.
The danger of Carlson’s false rhetoric is that legions of loyal Fox News viewers actually believe this load of purposefully manipulative horse excrement despite the fact that the “news” network’s own lawyers have claimed in court that no reasonable person would believe that what Tucker Carlson delivers from his televised pulpit is actually true.
With Carlson and his Fox News colleagues working overtime to deflect responsibility for a coup attempt from the people actually responsible for it, the divisions in this country that the network exploited to help create the Trump era aren’t likely to disappear anytime soon.
— Kat Abu (@abughazalehkat) June 16, 2021
Original reporting by Matthew Chapman at RawStory.
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