Roughly two weeks ago, Fox News host Tucker Carlson stunned his viewing audience — and the media world — after making a claim that President Joe Biden’s National Security Agency (NSA) had actively spied on him, in an attempt to force his influential show off of the airwaves.
According to The Hill, the top-rated Fox News host has covered the story on multiple occasions but apparently expressed his frustration behind the curtains at the lack of support for his claims from Fox executives — at least according to “sources” who told competitor CNN that Carlson is “furious” that his employer isn’t backing him up.
Other sources reportedly told various CNN reporters that while tensions have always run above-normal between Carlson and the heads of Fox News, this time, Carlson is reportedly “extra pissed” at the network’s failure to dig into his claims.
“We support any of our hosts pursuing interviews and stories free of government interference,” Fox News wrote in a statement last week to Axios, and is the only statement on record that addresses Carlson’s incredible claims of illegal NSA spying activity.
In a last-minute plot twist, after CNN’s claims were published and reported on, the Fox News host accused the network of lying about his feelings toward Fox News executives.
“I’m not mad at anyone at Fox,” Carlson reportedly texted to an unnamed CNN reporter. “If I was, I’d say so. I’m mad at you for lying relentlessly. What a loathsome person you are. Please print that.”
However, Carlson apparently has friends in high places who are concerned about the primetime host’s bombshell claims, which was evidenced two weeks ago when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) issued a statement on the developing situation.
“There is a public report that NSA read the emails of Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Although NSA publicly denied targeting Carlson, I have serious questions regarding this matter that must be answered,” McCarthy’s statement read.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has also expressed concerns over Carlson’s claims. According to the New York Post, the Kentucky senator wrote a letter this week to NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, demanding an investigation into the matter.