A Double Standard on Lying: Tucker, Dershowitz on Media Coverage of Flynn vs. Zuckerberg
"Tucker Carlson Tonight" took a look Wednesday at the difference in how two men who have allegedly lied to the government are treated by that government and by the media.
Carlson said that news anchors like CNN's Don Lemon were up in arms about Gen. Michael Flynn pleading guilty to lying to FBI agents about a conversation with a Russian diplomat.
"Michael Flynn lied to the FBI... again and again, just lied. Lies, lies and more lies," Lemon said. Former CIA officer Philip Mudd also blasted Flynn on television for lying.
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell claimed Flynn "betray[ed] his country."
Carlson said that by contrast to Flynn, a New York Times report showed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg lied to Congress about whether users own the data they put on the social media platform.
In April, Zuckerberg told Louisiana Republican Sen. John N. Kennedy just that.
"Zuckerberg can lie about something that affects hundreds of millions of Americans," Carlson said, citing the Times report that Facebook allowed Microsoft's search engine to access the data, and other companies to glean information from private messenger chats.
"[Zuckerberg] will not be sanctioned by Congress, ever," he said. "Unlike Flynn, Zuckerberg is a hero to the American news media."
He said that of the two men, one is a 60-year-old war hero going to prison and the other "will be available for commencement and awards dinners" for decades to come.
Alan Dershowitz told Carlson said Flynn's lie should not have been considered criminal.
He said that before someone can be tried for lying, their statement should be made official: "You should have to raise your hand, look to your god [and] swear to him you're going to tell the truth."
Dershowitz said the FBI agents in question regarding Flynn went to the White House to "hang out" with Flynn and "evade usual procedures" surrounding interrogation.
"He did nothing wrong," he said.