After being asked if Rupert Murdoch's scandal in the U.K. might affect his operation here in the United States, Tucker Carlson, who is a frequent guest on Fox News, of course carries water for his Uncle Rupert on this morning's edition of C-SPAN's Washington Journal.
CARLSON: Well Fox News is a huge and vital part, as far as I can tell from the publicly available data on this question of News Corporation. Fox is a profit center. Fox is very successful and in my view for good reason. Um... Fox is fine. As far as I know Fox has not been implicated in this and I don't expect it will be.
Maybe someone should ask Carlson if he's read any of these posts by Media Matters.
Tucker went on to claim that a lot of the outrage strikes him as being politically motivated and said that if people are upset with what News of the World did when they were spying on people, they should be equally upset about the government doing it and that they're hypocrites if they're not. I don't remember ever hearing Tucker Carlson complain about the Patriot Act before this. And I would imagine that most of the people who are complaining about what Murdoch did don't like the Patriot Act too terribly much either and have voiced their opposition to it.
Finally Carlson was asked about the claims that Fox is ignoring the story and instead of answering the question, he immediately went on to attack the rest of the media that is covering it as being liberal and just having it out for Rupert Murdoch and Fox.
SCULLY: CNN and MSNBC, two of your former employers...
SCULLY: ...have been running stories saying that Fox is ignoring this story.
CARLSON: Of course they are. They're Fox's competitors. Of course. They love it. The New York Times is going wall to wall. I mean this is like a new 9-11 for the New York Times. I was reading the Times a minute ago... I read the New York Times everyday. I think it's a great newspaper. It's a very left wing paper however and they're not good at hiding their agenda sometimes. Sometimes they are. But they've got a lot of good stuff on there in their pages, but they are just going hard on this story and gleefully so.
They don't like Rupert Murdoch. They don't like his politics. They hate Fox. They hate Fox's politics. Their editor, the guy who was the editor up until a couple of weeks ago has said so in public. So yeah, of course they're reveling in it, as is their right by the way. And you know, I understand that. When your enemy is in trouble, pounce.