Fact-checkers quickly shut down this fictional tweet attributed to Tucker Carlson that is circulating on social media

Fact-checkers quickly shut down this fictional tweet attributed to Tucker Carlson that is circulating on social media
Fox News' Tucker Carlson speaking at the 2018 Student Action Summit, hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, Gage Skidmore

Fox News' Tucker Carlson is at the center of another conspiracy theory that fact-checkers have quickly refuted. According to Yahoo News, the latest claim centers on a "made-up" quote attributed to Carlson. The quote is in reference to graphic images of bodies in Bucha, Ukraine that the conservative host suggested: "could have been staged."

The confusion stems from an April 4 tweet posted by Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) that included what appeared to be a quote from the Fox host.

"[Tucker Carlson] tonight: 'What if these bodies of tortured, dead civilians were staged?'" Walsh tweeted. "'What if they’re fake? What if the Ukrainian military killed them & then blamed Russia? I’m not saying any of this is true, I’m just asking the questions. Why can’t we ask these questions?'"

The tweet Walsh shared was in reference to the photos of Bucha, Ukraine residents who had either been "shot at close range or allegedly otherwise executed." While satellite imagery serves as proof that the images are real, Russian propagandists insist the deaths were "'staged' by Ukrainian forces and Western media.'"

Since Carlson has a longstanding history of echoing Russian propaganda and conspiracy theories, many Twitter users ran with the tweet, resharing it on the platform. As the tweet circulated on multiple platforms, Carlson was deeply criticized for, once again, pushing propaganda.

"Fox News and the Murdoch family have a responsibility here!" Amy Siskind, a Democratic activist, wrote in a critical Facebook post about the quote on April 4. "Tucker Carlson should not be allowed on air in a time of war to spread Russian propaganda!"

However, Carlson has denied making the remarks and Walsh ultimately conceded that it was embellished. In fact, Walsh's claim began circulating before Carlson had a chance to address the images in Bucha. However, on April 5, he did speak publicly about the circulating claim.

"It’s completely made up – utterly,” Carlson said on his show April 5. "We didn’t say that, we didn’t say anything like that. We didn’t even address the topic on the air in any way. So everything about Joe Walsh’s tweet is a manufactured lie. It’s pure disinformation, as they now say.”


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