Fox News' Tucker Carlson blasted MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski for revealing details of an off-camera conversation with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
"Critics in the media often say that President Trump is diminishing the American presidency and at times there is some truth in that," Carlson said on his show Monday night. "But it's also true that in covering Trump the way that they have, many journalists have degraded and humiliated themselves."
Carlson then played video of "an anchor from another network" doing just that, and the video was Monday's newsmaking comments by Brzezinski about Conway, when she revealed details of an off-camera conversation.
On Monday's "Morning Joe," Brzezinski said of Conway, "This is a woman, by the way, who came on our show during the campaign and would shill for Trump in extensive fashion and then she would get off the air... the camera would be turned off, the microphone would be taken off and she would say, 'Bleeeech, I need to take a shower,' because she disliked her candidate so much."
Carlson said, "Now, I have no idea if Kellyanne Conway actually said anything like that. I do know that TV anchors almost never reveal what their guests have said off camera for good reason," said the host, who has spent the bulk of his career as a political commentator on TV rather than as a journalist.
"People come to TV studios so they can speak on TV," Carlson said. "They do not come with the expectation that their private conversations will wind up broadcast to the country."
The "Tucker Carlson Tonight" host said that "even in media" there is a zone of privacy, which he felt Brzezinski violated. He did not explain why he felt comments made to a journalist, even off-camera, should be considered private.
Tucker Carlson through the years
Tucker Carlson through the years
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"In more than 20 years of working on TV, I have never seen that happen," he said.
"Many journalists believe it's literally impossible to be unfair to Donald Trump or the people who work for him. Extremism in the pursuit of Trump is no vice. That's the view in newsrooms and you hear it in conversations all around Washington, a city that voted 91 percent for Hillary Clinton last fall," Carlson said. "They've succumbed to Trump hatred that is so intense, it has destroyed their judgment and in some cases affected their character."
How Kellyanne Conway makes and spends her $39 million fortune
How Kellyanne Conway makes and spends her $39 million fortune
After graduating law school from George Washington University, Conway worked as an assistant at a firm headed by Richard Wirthlin, who was Ronald Reagan's pollster and strategist. She later came to work with Newt Gingrich in the 1990s.
In '95, at 28, Conway founded The Polling Company, of which she is still CEO. As New York Magazine reported, Conway quickly recognized "there was money to be made" in advising private corporations and politicians on how women vote — the population her company focused on.
In 2001 the newly married couple bought a condo in Trump World Tower, where they lived for seven years. It was during that time that Conway met Donald Trump. "I sat on the condo board, and he’s very involved in his condos," she told The New Yorker.
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In 2004, Conway co-authored the book "What Women Really Want" with democratic pollster Celinda Lake.
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By 2008 the Conways had moved to what Forbes has called "America’s most expensive Zip Code," Alpine, New Jersey. The family joined the Alpine Country Club in Demarest, New Jersey. There annual memberships can cost up to $75,000, plus $25,000 a year in dues.
Later, Conway worked with Newt Gringrich again during his unsuccessful 2012 presidential run. A few years after, the Polling Company began working with various republican candidates including Ben Carson and Ted Cruz starting in 2015.
While the super PAC behind Carson's campaign paid the Polling Company $65,000, the Polling Company later worked with Cruz's three PACs. After Cruz dropped out, one of his super PACs changed its name and backed Trump — continuing to work with The Polling Company. By October 2016, Conway's firm had made $1.9 million from the 2016 election.
In July Conway joined Trump's campaign team as an advisor, and later officially became campaign manager in August — at this time, her firm was still receiving payments from Trump's PAC.
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Today, much of Conway's income comes from The Polling Company — somewhere between $1-5 million, and the couple has earned thousands in dividends from stocks, and one Citibank account has been reported as being valued at between $500,000 and $1 million.