Carlson ranted on his Fox News show on Tuesday night about the QAnon phenomenon which has infiltrated the minds of many supporters of Donald Trump in the last few years.
However, Carlson attempted to cast doubt on the existence of the conspiracy by claiming that he couldn’t find any evidence of it because he couldn’t find its website. ‘Mockingly’ he said, “We spent all day trying to locate the famous QAnon, which, in the end, we learned is not even a website. If it’s out there, we could not find it.”
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Carlson was reacting to the recent coverage of radicalised Americans, some of whom are elected government officials, who have brought into the disinformation campaigns that have been promoted on social media and notorious forums such as 4Chan, where the mysterious Q figure first started to post their claims about the US government.
The movement, which isn’t one singular conspiracy but a collection of theories all brought together under one umbrella, has since moved to platforms like Telegram, Gab and Parler and amassed thousands of followers, many of whom were believed to be involved in the violent insurrection at the US Capitol building on 6th January.
Back to Carlson’s rant and he tried to defend the controversial Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has previously confessed to believing in QAnon, by suggesting that Vladimir Putin, The Proud Boys or Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who has recently criticised Q followers, could be responsible for the messages sent by Q.
The 51-year-old added, “We checked [Georgia Republican Rep.] Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Twitter feed because we have heard she traffics in disinformation, CNN told us, but nothing there. Next, we called our many friends in the tight-knit intel community. Could Vladimir Putin be putting this stuff out there? The Proud Boys? Alex Jones?”
Carlson went on to add that the disinformation was actually being spread by politicians on television and cable news and not the likes of Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The Fox News’ hosts bizarre rant saw him ridiculed on social media for claiming that the conspiracy didn’t exist because he couldn’t find the website.
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Carlson has been a large source of criticism for the recent output on his Fox show which has included mocking Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she admitted fearing for her life during the Capitol riots and suggesting that George Floyd didn’t die at the hands of police last summer.