Tucker Carlson Says NSA Is Spying On Him, Attempting To Take His Fox News Show 'Off The Air'
Amid all the challenges the United States is facing at this contentious moment in history – the Covid-19 Delta variant spreading throughout the nation, historic heatwaves, and crumbling infrastructure – it seems one issue has risen above the rest, distinguishing itself as an imminent threat to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the eyes of Joe Biden's Presidential administration, according to Tucker Carlson – the existence of his Fox News program.
Last night, the former bow tie enthusiast took to his eponymous show, Tucker Carlson Tonight alleging that even with the series of aforementioned looming crises on the horizon, the NSA has apparently scrounged up the time and resources to commence an operation “spying" on the show's electronic communications in an attempt to take down his highly-controversial right-wing offering.
“Yesterday, we heard from a whistleblower within the U.S. Government who reached out to warn us that the NSA, the National Security Agency, is monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air,” the apparent love child of a beaver and an 80's high school bully told his audience earlier this week.
Although Carlson noted the “shocking” nature of the claim, adding that “ordinarily, we’d be skeptical of it,” he then proceeded to whip out the only evidence of the entire segment – the alleged contents of unseen text messages. “The whistleblower, who is in a position to know, repeated back to us information about a story that we are working on that could have only come directly from my texts and emails," he continued, claiming that “there’s no other possible source for that information, period.”
As any of Carlson's followers/those forced to read about him in articles like these may know, the Fox News anchor, who said the NSA is supposedly spying on him "for political reasons," has been historically outspoken in claiming government agencies are attempting to take down conservatives, as Business Insider noted. These allegations range from buying into the debunked conspiracy theory that the Capitol insurrection this January was launched by law enforcement to make Trump supporters look bad, and attempting to argue that the threat of right-wing extremism is overhyped. “White supremacy may be ugly, many opinions are, but it is not a meaningful threat to the nation,” he once said, singlehandedly forgetting about the existence of anyone that isn't a wealthy Republican WASP.
Although the host said his team had requested to see the information law enforcement had purportedly collected about the show through the Freedom of Information Act (a.k.a, FOIA, the acronym/verb hybrid everyone pretends to know), several experts have expressed skepticism on the legitimacy of these spying allegations.
"I was technical director of NSA's largest operational division," wrote former NSA employee, John Schindler. “There is 0% -- yes, ZERO -- chance that the Agency was spying on a major US media figure unless it involved incidental collection with a legitimate HoIS target @TuckerCarlson was talking to.”
“Tucker? @TuckerCarlson The NSA isn't spying on you," quipped Brian Karem, who holds the extremely American role of Playboy's White House correspondent. “Also - The FBI wasn't behind the insurrection. Critical Race Theory will not result in genocide. - But you will say literally ANYTHING to get attention. You're a sad, strange little man - and you have my pity.”
Meanwhile, some even offered to assist Carlson in a legal battle if these claims are in fact true. “This is an open offer to the alleged NSA whistleblower,” tweeted Bradley Moss, an attorney specializing in national security cases, the publication noted. “If in fact you have evidence of improper or unlawful collection of the comms of @TuckerCarlson call me and I will see if I can assist you in making proper, lawful disclosures through the approved channels.”