Fox News host Tucker Carlson called out NBC News anchor Lester Holt’s comments about the fairness of journalists on Fox News’s “Outnumbered” Thursday, the outlet reported.
“Fairness is never overrated,” Carlson said. “If you don’t strive to be fair, you are certain to commit moral atrocities, but again, not just true for network newsreaders.”
Holt’s comments came Tuesday during an acceptance speech after receiving the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism., according to the National Review.
“I think it’s become clearer that fairness is overrated,” Holt said. “Before you run off and tweet that headline, let me explain a bit. The idea that we should always give two sides equal weight and merit does not reflect the world we find ourselves in. That the sun sets in the west is a fact. Any contrary view does not deserve our time or attention.”
Holt added, “Decisions to not give unsupported arguments equal time are not a dereliction of journalistic responsibility or some kind of agenda, in fact, it’s just the opposite.”
Carlson didn’t pull any punches when assessing Holt’s statement, asking rhetorically, “By the way, when did newsreaders become philosophers? I think Lester Holt seems like a perfectly nice guy, but you don’t turn to Lester Holt for deepthink.
“The truth is, he’s saying that we know what we know, and we shouldn’t question it, when in fact the reality of life suggests that’s completely wrong.”
Not all other journalists objected to Holt’s comments though. According to Fox’s report, CNN’s John Harwood and Brian Stelter both heaped praise on their NBC counterpart, seeming to cast their votes in favor of journalist-countrolled un-fairness in media.