Tucker Carlson: "Every story" about George Floyd and Breonna Taylor has "at its core" been "a lie"

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson
Fox News host Tucker Carlson

Fox News host Tucker Carlson Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In the newest in a sequence of ongoing race-baiting screeds, Fox News host Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson claimed to his viewers Thursday night that “every story” about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake had “at its core” been a lie.”

“It’s arduous to assume clearly when issues are on hearth,” Carlson began.

“If you wished to maintain the general public from considering clearly about what you propose to do with their nation, you would possibly riot and nobody would discover that you simply’re mendacity,” he added. “They undoubtedly have been mendacity. Every story we have been instructed for the previous three months has been, at its core, a lie. All of them — from the primary day.”

Earlier that day, a Trump-appointed federal choose in New York issued a verdict absolving Carlson of wrongdoing in a defamation case after Fox News admitted that its star host isn’t all the time correct when he discusses the information on TV.

The “normal tenor of [Carlson’s] present ought to then inform a viewer that he’s not ‘stating precise details’ concerning the matters he discusses and is as a substitute participating in ‘exaggeration’ and ‘non-literal commentary,'” Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil wrote. “Whether the courtroom frames Mr. Carlson’s statements as ‘exaggeration,’ ‘non-literal commentary’ or just bloviating for his viewers, the conclusion stays the identical — the statements aren’t actionable.'”

Carlson went on to falsely deconstruct the deaths of Floyd and Taylor at the hands of police, as well as the shooting of Blake.

“‘George Floyd was executed by racist cops on the road.’ That’s what they instructed us. That’s what everybody believed. Yet, when the post-mortem turned public, it confirmed that George Floyd had deadly ranges of fentanyl in his system amongst different medication,” Carlson said. “Floyd stated he could not breathe lengthy earlier than police landed on him as he was, in truth, sitting untouched behind a patrol automobile. But the mob wasn’t desirous about listening to these particulars. They torched Minneapolis.”

Two post-mortem reviews dominated Floyd’s demise a “murder” — an impartial report listed his reason behind demise as asphyxiation; an official coroner report listed his reason behind demise as cardiac arrest. Minnesota authorities have charged the police officer who was captured on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for a number of minutes with second-degree homicide. Three different officers who have been on the scene face costs of accent to homicide.

“In Kenosha,” Carlson continued, “Democrats instructed us that bloodthirsty cops simply walked up and shot Jacob Blake as he was making an attempt to interrupt up a combat between two girls.” (Carlson did not state which “Democrats” had made the alleged claim.)

“It was horrifying, however that is not what occurred,” the Fox News host added. “Police arrived there after a girl referred to as 911 to say Blake was at her home in violation of a restraining order. That girl had beforehand accused Blake of sexual assault. Blake fought with the responding officers. At first, cops tried non-lethal drive to subdue him. They tased Blake, and that did not work. When they noticed him reach for a knife, they shot him.”

Carlson elides the portion of the narrative where officers followed Blake to his car after tasing him. As Blake opened the door and leaned inside, he was shot in the back by police at point blank range in front of three of his children, according to bystander video and statements from his family.

“What else have been they imagined to do precisely? But Kamala Harris wasn’t desirous about figuring out what really occurred,” Carlson said. “She declared that she was pleased with Jacob Blake, after which her voters burned Kenosha.” (Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice chairman, met with Blake’s household in Wisconsin.) 

Two protesters have been shot and killed in Kenosha, Wis., within the aftermath of Blake’s demise. Authorities subsequently charged a 17-year-old Trump supporter and legislation enforcement advocate with first-degree homicide. President Donald Trump and a variety of his right-wing backers justified the shootings as self-defense. Carlson was amongst those that defended the teenager vigilante:

So are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder? How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would? Everyone could see what was happening in Kenosha. It was getting crazier by the hour.

After those remarks, members of the public and the media called on Fox News to fireside Carlson, with one journalist calling the screed “the closest factor I feel I’ve ever seen to pure, unfiltered fascism in American public life. Going out to the biggest cable information viewers ever. Fox News hosts are ready to do that as a result of the Murdochs need them to.”

On Thursday, Carlson next turned to Taylor, who was killed by police serving a warrant for her ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover at her home. Nationwide protests erupted this week after no charges were filed against any of the three officers who fired their weapons.

“Tonight, the mob is in Louisville to protest the demise of Breonna Taylor,” Carlson said. “News organizations instructed us that Taylor was in mattress when police shot her, however she wasn’t. She was in her hallway.”

Taylor had, in fact, been in her bed with her boyfriend when police pounded on her door. She later left the room and entered a hallway, where she was shot. 

“They instructed us that Taylor had nothing to do along with her drug dealing ex-boyfriend, who police have been investigating,” Carlson said. “That’s why they have been there. In truth, intercepted jailhouse communications counsel that Taylor was warehousing that man’s drug cash.”

Glover, the ex-boyfriend, was arrested on Aug. 27 in possession of medicine. Glover instructed The Courier Journal that Taylor, an EMT and emergency room technician, was not concerned in promoting medication.

“The police are attempting to make it out to be my fault . . . making it seem like I introduced this to Breonna’s door,” he stated.

Carlson went on:

They told us that police shot first, and that’s not true. Taylor’s boyfriend shot a cop first. Then they told us over and over again that police surprised Taylor in the middle of the night. They barged into her apartment in a so-called no-knock raid. Then, yesterday, the attorney general of Kentucky exposed that as yet another lie. The police did, in fact, knock on Taylor’s door. They identified themselves as police. There’s a witness to it, but it didn’t matter. They kept lying to us.

Kamala Harris issued a statement attacking “no-knock” raids. Amazingly, so did Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, a Republican. Tim Scott should know better. 

In response to the shooting, Louisville banned the use of “no-knock” warrants.

The department’s original “no-knock” warrant was changed just before the raid to “knock and announce,” meaning police had to identify themselves at the door. The Louisville officers have claimed that they announced themselves, but Walker has claimed that he did not hear them. 

“I do not know what’s occurring,” he stated on a recorded 911 name. “Someone kicked within the door and shot my girlfriend.”

“A grand jury did know higher,” Carlson continued. “The jurors thought-about all the obtainable proof within the Breonna Taylor case, and yesterday, they declined to cost the officers with homicide. There wasn’t any proof {that a} homicide happened. That is how our system is imagined to work. We do not indict the innocents.”

The error-riddled police incident report listed Taylor’s accidents as “none,” despite the fact that she died of a number of gunshot wounds.

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