Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has developed quite a reputation for going after high-profile targets in the media as part of his hit television program. But it looks like the jabs aren’t only confined to his own self-titled show.
In a shocking interview published Friday, Carlson doubled down on his oft-repeated criticism of the mainstream press, telling OutKick that he “can’t overstate how disgusted” he is with their behavior, as the Daily Caller reported.
“Journalism should always be upward”
During his interview, Carlson took particular exception to the way a Utah paramedic was treated by a local ABC station after the first responder donated a measly $10 to a legal defense fund for Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager who is facing charges for fatally shooting protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer amid unrest that transpired after police shot and paralyzed a Black man there.
According to Fox News, a reporter from ABC’s Salt Lake City affiliate, Jason Nguyen, visited the paramedic’s home after his name was published by The Guardian following a data breach at the Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo.
Speaking with OutKick, Carlson chided Nguyen and the press at large, saying, “They basically tried to destroy a guy for a $10 donation.”
“I thought there are many things wrong with this. But…the main problem with it is the direction it’s aimed,” Carlson explained, according to the Daily Caller. “It’s aimed downward. Journalism should always be upward.”
Mainstream media “makes me sick”
Carlson went on to say the state of the media today is far from what it was when his father, also a journalist, was around.
“Now, we just have those who are small-minded, status-obsessed, insecure, not that bright, just not impressive who are pretending to ask questions. It just makes me sick. I really hate them,” the Fox host said, according to the Daily Caller.
“We suck up to power, and we hurt those below us,” Carlson complained. “I can’t think of anything more dishonorable than that.”
“It’s frightening and un-American”
Of course, Carlson was far from the only one to express outrage over the media’s doxxing of Rittenhouse’s supporters. According to Fox, NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck was also among those crying foul.
“Far too many journalists are willing to destroy the life of a private citizen doing nothing and bothering no one at a moment’s notice. It’s frightening and un-American,” Houck said.
Former Trump adviser Stephen Miller was more blunt in his assessment: “If you don’t like the enemy of the people label, perhaps stop acting like such.”