During an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday night, former White House press secretary Jen Psaki slammed Fox News host Tucker Carlson, accusing the right-wing pundit of treating his viewers “like they are stupid” by intentionally feeding them lies “so that he can save his job, save viewers and make money.”
“I had about 20 seconds where I thought … Tucker Carlson, maybe he’s one of us,” Psaki told Colbert. “And then, by second 21, I thought, wait, he is intentionally sharing disinformation with his audiences and treating them like they are stupid, frankly, so that he can save his job, save viewers and make money.”
Psaki, who regularly sparred with Fox News reporters during her time at the White House, had been asked about revelations made in recent court filings about top Fox hosts and executives as part of a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit the network is facing from Dominion Voting Systems over unfounded claims about the 2020 election.
A series of bombshells from the Dominion lawsuit show Fox stars including Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity dismissing former President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud privately but worrying how fact-checking those claims on the air might upset their audience.
“It’s not surprising, but it is unsettling to hear about,” Colbert said Monday.
“It’s a little bit more than unsettling, wouldn’t you say?” Psaki replied. “I’ve watched you — I know you’re more than unsettled.”
She added “it wasn’t a shock to me” that Fox News was sharing inaccurate information: “I mean, we know that with our own eyes.”
“I am horrified by the disinformation, but the fact that they knowingly did it, that is what I think is, in my view, the most problematic,” Psaki said.
after leaving President Biden’s administration, Psaki was hired by MSNBC to host an opinion and analysis. Her show, “Inside With Jen Psaki,” debuts this weekend.
Watch her interview below.
Jen Psaki claims Tucker Carlson is treating his audience “like they are stupid”.
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