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Tucker Carlson bashes CNN, claims it's 'more destructive' than QAnon

Tucker Carlson bashes CNN, claims it's 'more destructive' than QAnon
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Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Cancel culture, Q-Anon and the 21st Century condition: Random reaction Anti-Defamation League calls for Tucker Carlson to be fired MORE bashed CNN and called it "more destructive" for the country than the QAnon conspiracy theory during a segment Tuesday night.

Carlson focused his segment on what he called "disinformation" online, going after CNN and other outlets for their coverage of police shootings and race relations.

"Who is lying to America in ways that are certain to make us hate each other? And certain to destroy our core institutions?" Carlson said on his show.

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"It was cable news, it was politicians talking on TV, they're the ones spreading disinformation to Americans," he asserted, before playing clips of various Democratic politicians.

"There is disinformation out there and it does hurt people," he said, adding "a lot of Americans are completely and utterly misinformed" about police shootings.

Later the host called CNN "a disinformation network, more powerful than QAnon and far more destructive."

QAnon is an internet conspiracy that claims that a group of Democratic leaders and other public figures are part of a global sex trafficking ring. Several of the people who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 told authorities they are followers of QAnon.

Media outlets have done extensive reporting on the subject over the last several years and some academics and pundits have called on public officials to declare the conspiracy a threat to national security.

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While discussing perceptions about police shootings on his show Tuesday night, Carlson remarked about efforts to find out "where the public is getting all this false information, this disinformation."

"We spent all day trying to find the famous QAnon, which in the end we learned was not even a website. If it was, we could not find it," he said.

Carlson riffed about his staff checking Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-Ga.) Twitter feed because "we heard she traffics in disinformation" since "CNN told us," adding there was "nothing there."

"Next we called our many friends in the tight-knit intel community. Could Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBlinken to return to Brussels to discuss Russia, Ukraine tensions The Memo: Biden's five biggest foreign policy challenges Close the avenues of foreign meddling MORE be putting this stuff out there? The Proud Boys? Alex Jones? Who is lying to America in ways that are certain to make us hate each other and certain to destroy our core institutions? Well, none of the above, actually. It wasn’t Marjorie Taylor Greene.”

Carlson's remarks about QAnon drew swift backlash on social media, with many critics interpreting  his comments as his staff being unable to find information about the highly publicized conspiracy theory.

"Next step in the whitewash: 'who is this ‘Q’ of which you speak? There is no website!' Deny, plead ignorance, misdirect..." tweeted Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Boehner finally calls it as he sees it The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE (Ill.), one of former President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE's fiercest critics in the Republican Party.

Kinzinger added, "is there any question why people are confused? Quit lying, accept reality and use your energy to make us a better country."

Last week, former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also came under fire after sending a tweet seen as a nod to the QAnon movement.