Questionable Reasoning: Propaganda, Conspiracy, Pseudoscience, Poor Sourcing, Numerous Failed Fact Checks
Bias Rating: FAR RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Tucker Carlson is a well-known TV personality, political commentator, author, and journalist. He used to host “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” a nightly political talk show on Fox News. The website “TuckerCarlson.com” is a platform for his content in video form and merchandise. The video section features videos related to his show and other appearances. He is known for his conservative views, specifically aligning with Trump’s conservatism rather than establishment conservatism.
Funded by / Ownership
Tucker Carlson presumably owns the website. The website is copyrighted to ASGPC, LLC, as of 2023. It features merchandise for sale, such as mugs and golf ball sets, which suggests a revenue stream in addition to revenue generated from video streams.
Analysis / Bias
The main page features his videos hosted on the X platform and includes two sections: Videos and Shop. The website’s video section does not provide specific content, such as articles or blog posts. Videos showcase Carlson’s event appearances and show episodes with neutral titles, while merchandise like the “Lord Fauci Patron Saint of Wuhan” mug suggests skepticism towards mainstream scientific authorities.
Regarding the content within the video section, we analyzed a specific video, the most recent available during this evaluation, titled Tucker Carlson at the Turning Point Action Conference 2023.” In this video, Tucker Carlson employs various techniques to frame issues in a way that aligns with a conservative viewpoint. For instance, at timestamp 29:01, Tucker Carlson suggests that the individuals at the Capitol on January 6th were those who most fervently believed in the American political process and were naturally the most shocked and upset to believe it wasn’t real, implying that he is sympathetic to their perspective.
Furthermore, he portrays Russia as a victim of Western aggression at the timestamp 00:12:40, suggesting a pro-Russian bias. At the timestamp 16:08, Carlson delves into the topic of Ukraine, using the analogy of a “self-appointed Christian leader” to question the moral authority of those advocating for Ukraine. He states, “And so I asked a self-appointed Christian leader about that,” subtly implying that their stance may not be as righteous as they claim. The mention of religion adds a moral dimension to the geopolitical issue, aiming to sway his audience through ethical considerations.
These framing techniques reveal Carlson’s effort to shape the narrative consistent with Trump’s conservatism. Carlson also brings up his own family and his role as a father, invoking the concept of patriarchy. Quote: “And if two of your kids are in a brawl…you say dad’s home knock it off.” Timestamp: 18:57-19:15. By doing so, he aims to establish himself as a traditional authority figure, lending weight to his opinions. He argues that leadership should bring order, likening international leadership to paternal leadership within a family. This analogy serves to simplify a complex geopolitical issue, framing it in terms that his audience may find more relatable.
Finally, at Timestamp 12:29, he declares that he knows “a ton of people injured” by the Covid-19 vaccine. This statement is provided without evidence. In general, Tucker Carlson promotes right-wing propaganda, conspiracies, and pseudoscience that is not always factual and lacks evidence to support claims.
Failed Fact Checks
- “Between late December of 2020 and last month, a total of 3,362 people apparently died after getting the COVID vaccine in the United States … The actual number is almost certainly higher.” – False
- “Maybe (the COVID-19 vaccine) doesn’t work, and they’re simply not telling you that.” – Pants on Fire
- According to a recent CDC report, “almost everyone — 85% — who got the coronavirus in July was wearing a mask, and they were infected anyway. So clearly (wearing a mask) doesn’t work the way they tell us it works.”– False
- “There’s no evidence that white supremacists were responsible for what happened on Jan. 6. That’s a lie.” – False
- “Unbeknownst to most people, the Green New Deal came to Texas; the power grid in the state became totally reliant on windmills.” – Pants on Fire
- These are a shortlist of failed fact checks that total in the dozens.
Overall, we rate Tuckercarlson.com as Far-Right Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of propaganda, conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, and numerous failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 09/24/2023)
Last Updated on September 25, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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