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Tucker Carlson Pressed on Whether Rupert Murdoch Belongs on His ‘Ship of Fools’

Tucker Carlson sat for an interview with Jamie Weinstein‘s (always fantastic) National Review podcast to discuss his newly released book Ship of Fools, which just toppled Bob Woodward‘s Fear from the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

In the interview, Weinstein asked Carlson whether the core criticism of his book — that a “selfish ruling class” has failed everyday Americans — applies to Fox News head Rupert Murdoch.

Carlson dodged the question somewhat, stating that he has never been told what to say by Fox News’s powerful acting CEO.

“There’s not been a single directive. I swear to God that’s true, it is true,” Carlson said. “Ask anybody who can tell by my show. I have complete editorial freedom, and the support of the company.”

Weinstein noted that before Trump, the policies endorsed by the opinion side of Fox News fall into what Carlson criticizes in his book, and reiterated his question.

“Well I think there are many, many people, again, including me, who participated in things they didn’t fully understand,” Carlson replied. He noted that the host he replaced, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, holds significantly different views than him.

Listen above, via National Review. The exchange on Murdoch starts at 27:50.

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