Tucker Carlson Claims White Supremacy is a Hoax

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We ran the numbers: There are 575 news articles covering this topic. 16% (90) are left leaning, 54% (308) center, 31% (177) right leaning.

In the aftermath of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, white supremacy has become a point of discussion, as many contend that it was a factor motivating both shooters’ actions, as well as those of many previous mass shooters. On Tuesday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed that white supremacy was a hoax concocted by Democrats. Carlson called white supremacy “a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”

A left-leaning article from the Washington Post argues that Carlson’s claim is refuted by many experts while noting that several mass shooters have explicitly linked themselves to white supremacist ideology. Presidential candidates have tied this culture of “white nationalism” to the President: “Numerous Democratic presidential candidates denounced Trump after El Paso for boosting ‘white nationalism,’ while polling has consistently found that most Americans believe he’s encouraged white supremacists,” they add.

A Right-leaning article from RedState characterizes the media as a monolith, running an article headlined “News Media: Either White Supremacy Doesn’t Exist At All Or It’s As Bad As The Islamic State,” which characterizes Carlson’s remarks as representing one of two extrema. In a more divisive approach, it reads “if you feel manipulated and overwhelmed by all of this in the face of a very real and frightening tragedy, it’s because you are being manipulated to feel frightened or foolish depending on which side you come down on.”

A centrist article from The Hill recounts Carlson’s comments, as well as those of former President Barack Obama in a statement released on Monday. The article further corroborates the tie to white supremacy–adding, “FBI Director Christopher Wray said last month that the agency has made about 100 domestic terrorism–related arrests since October, and the majority were tied to white supremacy.”