Tucker Carlson accuses ‘idiotic Republicans’ of focusing on Cuba rather than ‘tyrannical’ US government
Tucker Carlson has criticized “idiotic Republicans” for focusing on Cuba rather than the “tyrannical” government of the United States, after the White House called for those spreading anti-vaccine information to be banned from social media.
The Fox News host made his comments about his show on Friday after President Joe Biden ripped social media companies like Facebook for spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine on their platforms.
His comments also came after Senator Ted Cruz, along with a slew of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, announced on Thursday a bipartisan resolution condemning “the violent response of the Cuban communist regime” against Cuban citizens.
“I’m glad you mentioned Cuba, because even today, idiot Republicans on the hill spent their whole day talking about the lack of freedom in Cuba,” Carlson said on his show.
“And it’s not a free country, that’s true — but less and less us too, and they don’t seem to understand what’s happening in the country they’re supposed to be leading.”
He added: “And they devote all their time to this Caribbean nation that is not at the center of our interests.”
Tucker Carlson criticized ‘idiotic Republicans’ for focusing on Cuba rather than ‘tyrannical’ United States government
The Fox News host made his comments about his show on Friday after President Joe Biden defrauded social media companies like Facebook for spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Carlson kicked off the segment by playing a clip of press secretary Jen Psaki speaking at her daily Friday press conference.
In her press conference, Psaki told reporters that the White House “regularly” coordinates with Facebook and other social media giants about news it believes should be censored.
“We regularly make sure that social media platforms are aware of the latest stories that are dangerous to public health that we and many other Americans see across all social and traditional media,” Psaki said.
After the clip, Carlson claimed that “the White House is actually in control of the information you receive on your phone.”
“The First Amendment doesn’t exist, politicians have taken over the media, but that’s fine because it’s disinformation,” Carlson said.
“They said that out loud and today they didn’t come back, didn’t apologize or fired the person who said it and denied what she said because it’s insane unconstitutional behavior, they’re doubling it.”
Carlson was joined on his show by journalist Glenn Greenwald who called the Biden administration “so tyrannical.”
On Thursday, the White House confirmed it had ramped up disinformation tracking about COVID-19 as it attempted to address slowing vaccination rates and rising infections across the country, flagging misleading posts on Facebook for removal.
Psaki said about 12 people were responsible for 65 percent of the misinformation about vaccines on social media.
“All of them remain active on Facebook, despite some even being banned on other platforms, including… the one that owns Facebook,” she said Thursday, explaining the action.
She added: “You should not be banned from one platform and not another for providing misinformation.”
On Friday, White House press Jen Psaki was repeatedly questioned about the practice of flagging messages.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked, “How long has the administration been spying on Facebook profiles of people looking for misinformation about vaccines?”
“That was quite a loaded and imprecise question,” Psaki replied, insisting that the White House had similar talks with news companies to keep things straight.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was repeatedly asked how the White House could justify flagging social media posts about COVID-19 on Facebook
On Friday, Tucker said, “The First Amendment says quite clearly that the government should not control the press. Here the government seems to control the press.’
The spat broke out as officials responded to a rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the US
The most recent seven-day average of new cases was 26,300, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a nearly 70 percent jump.
The cases are concentrated among people who have not been vaccinated, providing a new impetus to ensure accurate information is available.
“Our point is that there is information that leads people to not take the vaccine and people to die as a result. As a public health matter, we have a responsibility to raise that issue,” Psaki said.
And she insisted that the social media platforms were free to do whatever they wanted with the information provided by the administration.
“We’re not taking anything,” she said. ‘We don’t block anything.
“Facebook, and every company in the private sector, makes decisions about what information should be on their platform.”
President Joe Biden said on Friday that social media companies are “killing people” by failing to monitor the misinformation on their platforms about COVID-19 vaccines.
Biden’s comments came a day after US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared misinformation about the vaccines a public health threat, and as US officials advised, deaths and serious illnesses from the virus are almost completely preventable because of the vaccines.
Biden, asked if he had a message for platforms like Facebook where false or misleading information about the coronavirus vaccines has been spread, told reporters, “They are killing people.”
“The only pandemic we have is the unvaccinated,” he said.
Murthy said on Thursday misinformation about COVID-19, considered an “infodemic” by the World Health Organization, was deadly.
“Disinformation poses an immediate and insidious threat to the health of our nation,” Murthy said during remarks at the White House on Thursday. “As a nation, we must confront disinformation. Lives depend on it.’
President Biden told reporters that social media companies are killing people by spreading misinformation. “Look, the only pandemic we have is the unvaccinated,” he said as he left the White House Friday afternoon for a weekend at Camp David.
Given the role the Internet plays in spreading health disinformation, Murthy said tech companies and social media platforms need to make meaningful changes to their products and software to reduce the spread of false information while increasing access to authoritative, fact-based sources. enlarge.
Too often, he said, the platforms are built in ways that encourage, not curb, the spread of misinformation.
“We’re asking them to perform,” Murthy said. “We can’t wait any longer for them to act aggressively.”
Facebook spokesman Dani Lever said: “We will not be distracted by accusations that are not supported by the facts.”
“The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet,” Lever said.
“More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder to find out where and how to get a vaccine. The facts show that Facebook helps save lives. Period of time.’
Twitter posted on its platform: “As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds around the world, we will continue to do our part to improve authoritative health information.”
Glenn Greenwald, who joined Carlson on his show, also hit the White House on Twitter
Carlson’s comments appeared to be critical of Cruz, and Thursday’s bipartisan resolution praised Cuban citizens “who have taken to the streets peacefully calling for human rights and the end of the dictatorship in Cuba.”
The resolution notes that hundreds of protesters have been arrested or are missing, while the Cuban government “continues to rely on widespread internet outages and illegal searches” in an effort to “suppress the nascent pro-democracy movement.”
“The fight for a free Cuba is not theoretical to me — my father and Tia Sonia fought for freedom and endured the brutality of this oppressive dictatorship, just like the protesters on the streets today,” Cruz said in a press release announcing the resolution. announced.
“America must speak with strength and clarity to the Cuban people and reassure the world that we stand boldly on the side of freedom.”
He added: “For the Cuban people you have the right to be free, and your courage is inspiring. I have long said that their communist dictatorship will fall on the ash heap of history, as all despots do, and I believe that through the heroism of Cuban dissidents we will one day see a free Cuba.”
But Tucker lashed out at GOP politicians centered on Cuba, saying, “Even today, idiot Republicans on the hill spent their entire day talking about the lack of freedom in Cuba — and it’s not a free country, that’s true — but increasingly we are and they don’t seem to notice what’s going on in the land where they should be running’
Greenwald added: “I thought the whole point of Make America Great Again, America First foreign policy, as articulated by Donald Trump and his allies in Congress, was that we shouldn’t fix other countries, we should do our own thing on our own.” land and make lives. better for Americans.’