Fox’s former chief political correspondent said law enforcement will eventually have to step in to “stop the lying” coming from places like Fox News and Tucker Carlson.
Carl Cameron said Carlson has been “screaming fire in a crowded movie house for years.”
“Sooner or later the law enforcement and the US government is going to have to stop the lying,” Cameron said.
A former correspondent with Fox News suggested on Saturday that law enforcement agencies will have to take action against Fox News and Tucker Carlson to “stop the lying.”
Carl Cameron, Fox’s former chief political correspondent, told CNN’s Jim Acosta that Carlson in particular has been “screaming fire in a crowded movie house for years.”
“The fact of the matter is, if you disturb the peace by starting a riot in a movie theater, cops are going to arrest you and you might end up in jail or you might end up in something worse,” Cameron said.
“And that kind of stuff absolutely has to stop, whether it’s the antitrust bill to take down and deplatform people who lie and put out falsehoods that cause damage and violent, violent hate — there ought to be something done about it,” he continued.
Cameron was referencing Carlson’s remarks on the Buffalo shooting suspect from earlier this week.
As Insider’s Connor Perrett and Kieran Press-Reynolds reported, police say they found a document belonging to the Buffalo shooting suspect that was rife with conspiracy theories such as the white nationalist “replacement theory,” which claims immigration by non-white people is an attempt to replace the white population in the US.
Carlson latched onto that theory in his coverage of the Buffalo shooting, said Cameron, adding that the US government has to take action against people who spread and amplify misinformation.
“Democrats have to kick it in,” he said. “The president has to be more forceful and sooner or later the law enforcement and the US government is going to have to stop the lying because it’s causing people’s deaths.”
“It’s not just Fox, it’s social media in general,” he added. “It’s on the internet. And we have to remember that a good portion of what we read is coming from folks who aren’t Americans, pretending to be Americans in order to gaslight them even worse.”
When reached for comment, a Fox News spokesperson directed Insider to various on-air comments from Carlson in which he denounces political violence.
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