Some days ago, RedState reported extensively on the revelation that the NSA had gathered Tucker Carlson’s communications (see here, here, and here). That was confirmed when the contents of an email were leaked to Axios. The big scandal was that Carlson had contacted US-based Russian sources, who were likely the primary target of the surveillance, to try to set up an interview with Vladimir Putin. You know, just like NBC News had done weeks earlier without having any of their communications leaked.
But before those details were confirmed, all we had was Carlson’s original allegation. During that time, CNN’s Brian Stelter and the resident potato squad rushed to frame Carlson as a liar. Worse, they tried to stoke internal division at Fox News, asserting that no one on the hard news side was defending Carlson.
Stelter, perhaps not realizing that it’s best to fade away when you get proven so wrong, decided it’d be a good idea to contact Carlson anyway. What followed was pure savagery.