Did White House Call Fox News & Tucker Carlson Spreaders of Filth?

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White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks after being introduced as President Joe Biden's next White House press secretary at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 5, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was accused of calling out Fox News, in particular, host Tucker Carlson, saying he and the network “spread filth” and “should be ashamed of themselves”.

Did it really happen? Yes. Here is the official White House transcript of the comments.

Q    And also, yesterday, you were asked a couple of times about whether or not certain commentators and media, whether or not certain members of the Republican Party as well should share some blame in amplifying “replacement theory.”  It seems like the administration at this point is not calling out by name some of those people that have, in fact, amplified that theory.

Can you walk through the thinking of the President and the White House of why this is not a time and why it’s not effective to call them out?  Or do you feel that it’s not effective, and will you call them out by name? 

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So the people who spread this filth know who they are, and they should be ashamed of themselves.  But I’m not going to give them or — give them or their obnoxious ideas they’re pushing the attention that they desperately want. 

So, the President has already called out this — this poisonous, false, hateful ideology, including on Saturday and Sunday, saying, “Any act of domestic terrorism, including an act perpetrated in the name of a repugnant white nationalist ideology, is antithetical to everything we stand for in America” and that “We must all work together to address the hate that remains a stain on the soul of America.” 

Every leader should condemn that hate and certainly not echo it.  We’re going to focus on what unites us as Americans. That’s going to be what we’re focusing on. 

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