Tucker Carlson: Real election meddler was NBC, not Russia

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday accused NBC of “intentionally” interfering in the 2016 presidential race to undermine President Trump’s campaign.

“Consider the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape,” Carlson said, referencing a controversial recording of Trump lewdly discussing women in 2005.

"That tape belonged to NBC. It was shot by NBC cameramen for an NBC show on NBC property. So how did it wind up in the hands of The Washington Post, which broke the story?”

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“How, in other words, did valuable intellectual property from one news organization end up benefitting a competitor? Intentionally, that’s the short answer.”

Carlson mocked NBC's coverage of Russian interference in last year's election, saying the network's role in the "Access Hollywood" tape release taints its coverage of Trump.

“Complaints from NBC about election meddling? Given that company’s conduct over the last six months, that is a bit rich," he said.

“The shocking and vulgar remarks, the immediate and disastrous effect that tape had on candidate Trump’s poll numbers. It was a political bomb detonated in the final days of the most intense political race of our lifetimes. The fallout was so overwhelming that few paused to consider where that tape came from.”

Reports emerged early last October about a 2005 tape of Trump discussing sexually aggressive behavior towards women with Billy Bush, the former host of NBC’s “Access Hollywood.”

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