ARI MELBER (HOST): New evidence has the top hosts at Fox News facing the most damaging and existential crisis of really, those Fox hosts' careers. It's a scandal that goes far beyond what we might call just "the media." It actually reveals some of the secret lies atop the MAGA movement.
These quotes are from the top Fox News host, Tucker Carlson, who secretly wrote them in January 2021, basically admitting his show is a lie in writing and confessing to both the fraud of "pretending he backs Trump in public and the failure of that endeavor" -- whether that's measured for himself or Fox News or the whole conservative movement.
Tucker Carlson's secret private view is a reminder of the craven and dangerous lying alliance which props up Trump and whatever happens to him, which can prop up people like Trump in a time of rising authoritarian instincts in our country.
So again, I told you I'm going to go through this very clearly with plain English about why this matters. I want you to consider those quotes, maybe you already heard about them if you follow the news. They are a smoking gun if I've ever seen one in a defamation case. In contrast what Tucker said there to his show, what he called his pretending, what he claims to millions every night.
Indeed we're seeing that his entire show is an exercise in hiding and contradicting his true views. And it's not just any random show. It is the most popular show on a habitual basis on the right, one of the most watched new shows period. We're going to give you the numbers and we're not going to take a separate view because we also happen to be a news show.