Fox News host Tucker Carlson believes CNN is trying to minimize the “protest” that occurred outside his Washington, D.C. home earlier this month and nearly frightened his wife to death.
“CNN has repeatedly defended Antifa, and you are doing it again now,” he said in a scathing statement issued to CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter late last week.
“Your story is a disgusting attempt to minimize an attack on my family and bring more pain to my wife and four children. I’m not playing along. I hope you’re ashamed of yourself. You should be,” he added, referencing a story Stelter had been working on at the time about the “protest.”
During the “protest” on Nov. 7, left-wing thugs affiliated with Smash Racism D.C., a far-left extremist group linked to the domestic terrorist group Antifa, showed up outside Carlson’s home when his wife was home alone, used a bullhorn to shout threats and allegedly tried to break through the front door.
“She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to dinner and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming. Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door,” Carlson said, describing what his wife had experienced.
But in a report published Friday, Stelter highlighted some critics’ concerns about his Fox counterpart’s claim that one of the thugs had tried to break open his front door and had cracked it in the process.
“Liberal critics of Carlson have cast doubt on that claim by saying there was no evidence of damage to the door. They have accused him of lying and exaggerating to score political points,” Stelter wrote.
“So CNN contacted the D.C. police and asked about the door. The police report about the incident did not mention any damage on the door. Was there any sign that it was cracked, as Carlson claimed?”
It was when Stelter reached out to Carlson for a comment about these concerns that Carlson delivered his rebuke, telling the CNN media correspondent that he should be ashamed of himself and accusing him and his network of having previously defended Antifa and its offshoots.
Many members of the media, myself included, condemned the Antifa protest at Tucker Carlson’s home. But there’s one claim that has been contested. Carlson said a protester cracked his front door. I asked DC police. The police said they saw no sign of that. https://t.co/EeXuCxB7KN
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) 17 November 2018
While it’s unclear if Stelter was in the wrong to highlight the concerns of Carlson’s critics, the Fox News host was correct in his assertion that the network has a history of defending left-wing extremism.
According to various CNN “journalists,” when left-wing extremists harass, intimidate and/or even attack people — including police officers and members of the media — they’re simply “protesting hate” and “seeking peace through violence.”
“If you’re a punk who comes and starts trouble in a mask and hurt people, you’re not about any virtuous cause. You’re just somebody who’s going to be held to the standard of doing something wrong,” host Chris Cuomo said after clashes over the summer between Antifa and white nationalists.
“But when someone comes to call out bigots and it gets hot, even physical, are they equally wrong as the bigot they are fighting? I argue no,” he added.
While that rhetoric may sound reasonable to some upfront, it needs to be kept in mind that to the far-left, everybody with a right of center or conservative political viewpoint counts as a bigot, including but not limited to black conservative Candace Owens and Jewish commentator Ben Shapiro.
It’s this gap between real bigotry and what left-wing extremists claim is bigotry that has many concerned about Antifa’s increasingly volatile behavior. The question on everybody’s mind — save for the minds of those at CNN, apparently — is what if an innocent person gets hurt?
Carlson and his allies feel as if it was a malicious attempt to impugn the Fox host’s honesty.
Many on social media agreed with his assessment:
I’m not sure what the overall point of this story is other than to create a diminished view of this incident and somehow cast the victim of it as being the “hateful” party.
— jack (@axre91a) 17 November 2018
Tucker Carlson lied about that mob who went to his home and terrified his wife and kids. Good job media guy @brianstelter. Please do run with this.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) 17 November 2018
Brian always twisting things. If this had happened to a Dem Rep, it would be on CNN 24/7 for the next 4 weeks.
— Michael J. Moon (@Moondizog) 17 November 2018
Why was Brian Stelter trying to disprove Tucker Carlson’s being attackee by Anti-fa? His wife is terrorized and Brian wants to know about the door.
— Teresa Kelly (@Kelly2Teresa) 17 November 2018
And they wonder why we call them fake news
— Spartacus’ Vengence (@mgtymoose13) 17 November 2018
Mr. Potato Head says a lot of dumb shit, but trying to make the trespassing Antifa mob sound less awful may be top of the list material.
— Colin Banks (@ColinBanks44) 17 November 2018