2021-04-27 17:41:07 UTC
Another week, another Tucker Carlson controversy.
The divisive Fox News host is being accused of inciting lawlessness after
telling his millions of viewers Monday night to confront strangers who choose to
wear masks in public and call 911 if they see kids wearing a mask.
In another falsehood-filled segment on his right-wing show, Carlson questioned
the scientific consensus that masks help slow the spread of COVID-19, described
mask-wearing as a sign of political obedience and attacked those who choose to
cover their faces outside as zealots and neurotics. He then encouraged his
audience to confront mask-wearing strangers, calling them the agressors.
So the next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or on the bike path,
do not hesitate. Ask politely but firmly, Would you please take off your mask?
Science shows there is no reason for you to be wearing it. Your mask is making
me uncomfortable, Carlson said.
The bizarre rant drew immediate criticism on social media, with many users
calling for Fox News to fire him.
Even for @TuckerCarlson, this is low and scary and very dangerous. He will be
responsible for increased transmission and worse, for neighbors fighting, Jill
Wine-Banks, a Watergate prosecutor and former general counsel with the Army,
wrote on Twitter.
This is really, really dangerous, former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa
tweeted. Listen to his tone of voice, and what hes instructing. Hes moving
from his viewers passively consuming his propaganda to having them act on it
against their neighbors. Hes testing his audiences compliance.
Numerous studies conducted over the past year have confirmed that mask wearing
is an effective and harmless way to reduce the spread of coronavirus, especially
from infected people since the mask helps block most of their respiratory
droplets from spreading in the environment around them.
Carlsons angry outburst came a day before the Biden administration relaxed its
guidelines on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans
can go outside without a mask, except in crowded settings, and those who still
havent been inoculated no longer need to wear masks during certain outdoor
activities, including running, walking and biking with members of their
In a rare pro-science moment on Carlsons show, the millionaire host and close
ally of former President Donald Trump once acknowledged that masks do work.
Everyone knows that, he told his audience last spring. Dozens of research
papers have proved it. In South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, the rest of Asia
where coronavirus has been kept under control masks were key.
But Carlson soon changed his tone and went back to promoting conspiracy theories
on his program even as the pandemic continued to kill thousands of people every
On Mondays incendiary call for his audience to harass their fellow Americans,
Carlson also urged them to call 911 immediately or contact Child Protection
Services if they see children wearing masks in public, telling his viewers they
are morally obligated to do something.
Tucker Carlson wants to cancel parents who make the decision to have their
child wear a mask. The right wing cancel culture is out of control, California
Rep. Ted Lieu said on Twitter.
Tucker Carlson is attempting to coordinate terrorist acts on American soil,
said Joseph Robertson, who runs an environmental nonprofit group. He is
inciting violent acts, specifically intended to put lives at risk, even as a
virus that has killed more than 575,000 Americans & 3 million people around the
world mutates & becomes more dangerous.