Tucker Carlson attacks Fox colleague Shep Smith, says Smith’s program is partisan opinion, “not news”

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Citation From the September 25 edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight  

TUCKER CARLSON (HOST):  I want for our viewers who are not familiar with what exactly happened to know, so, here is a quick update. So, yesterday, Judge Andrew Napolitano, who is a legal analyst at Fox and a very nice guy, I will say, I've always liked him -- went on one of our daytime shows and declared that the president's phone call with the head of Ukraine was a crime. Here's what he said. 


So that definitely got our attention. Of course, it's a crime. And so I asked you because you prosecuted a lot of crimes and for our viewers that didn't see it, here's what you said.


Well, apparently our daytime host who hosted Judge Napolitano was watching last night and was outraged by what you said and quite ironically called you partisan. Here's what he said. 


“Repugnant." Not clear if that was you or me, but someone is repugnant. And here is what, finally, last soundbite, here is how Judge Napolitano responded.   

Now, unlike maybe some dayside hosts I’m not very partisan and it was a sincere question: “Is it a crime or not?” So given everything that has happened in the last 24 hours I just want to throw it to you again. Was it a crime or not?

JOE DIGENOVA:  I have been an U.S. attorney, an independent counsel and investigative counsel on Capitol Hill in the House and the Senate. Judge Napolitano has never been a U.S. attorney. He has never been a federal prosecutor. He has never conducted a federal grand jury. I have done all of those things.

I -- if he wants to have an opinion, that's fine. I am not a paid Fox contributor. I am a guest of Fox network. I come on when they ask me.

So -- and I am told, please, whatever you do, tell the truth, don't make things up. Don't cover -- so, what I say, I believe, and of course as a matter of law I know what I'm talking about in the law, I try to be truthful. I was very truthful last night. 

CARLSON: Well, so, that's kind of the crux of it for me. I'm not a lawyer at all, I was as far from a scholar as you could be -- that's why I solicited your opinion. 

But I also know that some things are subjective and people of good will have differing views, and so that's why it doesn't seem honest to me when a host, any host on any channel, including this one, pretends that the answer is obvious, there is ironclad consensus about what the answer is when there, in fact, isn't, when it's a subjective question. 

That's not news, is it? That's opinion. 


CARLSON: Why do we find ourselves in a situation where people aren't willing to admit that their passions are guiding their news coverage. You know, just say -- wouldn't it be better if we just said out loud, you know, “This is what I think." I'll just say, for example, you'll never hear me criticize Rachel Maddow. I don't agree with anything she says, but she's very straightforward about it. It's her opinion. Why wouldn't it be better if we all were that transparent about what's driving our shows. 


CARLSON: When you dress up news coverage -- when you dress up, rather, partisanship as news coverage and pretend that, you know, your angry political opinion are news, you know, people tune out. 

DIGENOVA: They do. 

CARLSON: They know dishonesty when they see it.