Tucker Carlson of Fox News took a break from promoting conspiracy theories, downplaying the US Capitol brawl, and spreading misinformation about COVID-19 on Monday night to criticize House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s personal appearance (D-Calif.)
Carlson claimed Pelosi was actually the late singer Michael Jackson. Setting the tone for his “joke” by telling viewers that seeing the comedian on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday would have given them “the shock of their lives.”
“Now let’s be clear, this wasn’t a video of Michael Jackson performing his hit songs of the 1990s,” said Carlson. “This appeared to be a living version of the international pop star that news reports claimed died of a drug OD more than a dozen years ago. And yet despite those claims there he was, fully, undeniably Michael Jackson talking on television. How can that be? Honestly, we have no idea. We’re not theologians here. This is merely a news program. We can only show you what we saw. Here it is.”
Michael Jackson was spotted on live television over the weekend. pic.twitter.com/Y9Cc3J3A89
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) January 11, 2022
Carlson next broadcast footage of Pelosi discussing the U.S. Capitol riot, which he has admitted to lying about on his show and which Fox News’ lawyers have already confirmed does not state genuine facts.
“See? Michael Jackson. That was him,” Carlson commented after the clip. “No ‘Billie Jean.’ Apparently, he’s given up singing and is telling lies about politics. Same man. If you’ve ever seen Michael Jackson, you cannot forget the face – though admittedly, he’s had a lot of work done since we saw him last.”
Carlson recently made headlines when Russian state television propagandists expressed satisfaction in having Carlson on their side, hailing his coverage as an example of Russia’s effective influence operations overseas. Carlson’s talking points often resemble those promoted by the Kremlin’s propagandists—or even by Vladimir Putin himself—in terms of tone and content.
During one of his Fox News shows in December, Tucker Carlson said that “NATO exists primarily to torment Vladimir Putin” He expressed concern about the likelihood of “a NATO takeover of Ukraine,” and he branded the 2014 Maidan Revolution as a “coup in Ukraine” orchestrated by the United States. He also falsely accused Joe Biden of fomenting “a hot war with Russia,” which was shown to be untrue.
Translated excerpts from Tucker Carlson’s program were extensively aired on Russian official television the very following day, according to a report. When Igor Korotchenko, member of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Public Council and editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine, saw Carlson’s remarks during the live taping of 60 Minutes, he exclaimed, “Excellent performance, with which we can only express solidarity.” Carlson’s remarks were broadcast live on CBS.