Tucker Carlson’s baseless conspiracy theory that FBI ‘organized’ Jan. 6

June 18, 2021 ☼ jan6carlsonlies

Source: The Washington Post - Link

The first thing to emphasize is that Carlson’s theory is based on a report in Revolver News. The site is run by Darren Beattie, who appeared on Carlson’s show shortly after the above monologue. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Beattie is a former Trump White House speechwriter who was fired in 2018 over a past appearance on a panel with a white nationalist, Peter Brimelow, at a conference attended by well-known white nationalists.

The second and perhaps most important point is that the basis of Carlson’s theory — that the unindicted co-conspirators are either likely or must be government agents — is extremely shaky.

Legal experts say the government literally cannot name an undercover agent as an unindicted co-conspirator.

This follows a familiar path to the lie: start with a fact, then twist the story to support your conclusion, no matter how torturous.