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Even Fox News Wants To Make Sure It’s Not Associated With Tucker Carlson’s Horrific 1/6 “Documentary”

Tucker Carlson promotes the "Tucker Carlson Original" show "Patriot Purge" on his fox news show

Tucker Carlson is releasing a “documentary” about the January 6 Capitol Riot, in which he plans to “tell the true story” of the day. Truth is subjective, though—or, in Tucker’s case, completely made up—because his version of the “truth” involves telling viewers that the insurrection was (or “may have been”) a “false flag” meant to frame Trump supporters and that it is part of “the War on Terror 2.0” aimed at silencing those supporters.

On his Fox News show this week, Carlson announced the premiere of Patriot Purge, a three-part “docuseries.” But apparently, the network wants to make sure that no one actually thinks it has anything to do with the series, despite the fact that it’s been created and promoted by their most popular “news” host right on their own network.

After the Daily Dot ran a story about the new “Tucker Carlson Originals” series, Fox News emailed the site asking them to make it “clear that these new episodes are for [streaming service] FOX Nation,” rather than Fox News.

Daily Dot’s original article did not say the series—which, based on the trailer, seems to downplay the threat of white nationalism in America and falsely claims that the left is “hunting conservatives” and sending them to Guantanamo Bay “to rot” for participating in the Capitol riot—would run on Fox News. Nonetheless, the network wanted the site to expressly clarify that the series is not for the network, but for its paywalled subscription-based platform.

“I don’t see that noted anywhere in the piece,” Fox New’s PR rep told the site. “Tucker Carlson Originals is not for the channel.”

But, as Mediaite notes, even if the series is not running on Fox News, “the trailer is airing on Fox News, and Fox Nation is an extension of the network’s brand, therefore raising questions about programming decisions at Fox News. How did this get through any standards vetting process? Is there such a thing as a standards vetting process?”

I’m going to guess that, for Fox News, that’s a hard no.

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.