During last night’s broadcast of Tucker Carlson Tonight, host Tucker Carlson said that he’d been told by “highly informed sources” that CNN management had given orders to its on-air talent to trash former interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile. As Tucker stated, “anchors and producers were vocally offended by her attacks on their friends, the Clintons.” Thus, as Carlson reported it, they made efforts to undermine Brazile’s credibility.
After Carlson’s segment, the man Tucker replaced in the 8 PM slot took to Twitter to amplify Tucker’s report:
Fox News reporting that CNN management ordering air talent to trash Donna Brazile. If true, major media story.
— Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) November 7, 2017
This morning, CNN anchor Jake Tapper pushed back against those claims, stating that he has not been given orders from CNN management on how to cover Brazile.
Literally no one at CNN has said anything to me about how to cover Brazile. We’ve covered her allegations a bunch & never trashed her once. https://t.co/0zbWa1ai3N
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 7, 2017
In Carlson’s segment, he pointed to two instances in which he felt CNN anchors were “trashing” Brazile as the proof behind his report. In those segments, Anderson Cooper labeled Brazile’s giving a debate question to Hillary Clinton “totally unethical” and Brooke Baldwin said Brazile “lied about that CNN debate.” Carlson claimed that “in retrospect, they are so obviously talking points.”
It should be noted, however, that Tapper — one of the top politics anchors on the network — has featured panels on The Lead and State of the Union discussing the Brazile revelations without offering any negative words on Brazile. What’s more, it was during a segment on The Lead that news was made when Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said that the Democratic presidential primary was rigged for Hillary Clinton during an interview discussing Brazile’s claims.
Watch Carlson’s original segment above, via Fox News.
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