On Monday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said the New York Times is writing a story on him that includes where his family lives. Carlson said the outlet is doing so in an attempt to silence him.
Tucker responds to intrusive reporting by The New York Times. pic.twitter.com/xj4z69G9cA
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) July 21, 2020
“Last week the New York Times began working on a story about where my family and I live. As a matter of journalism there is no conceivable justification for a story like that,” Carlson said on Tucker Carlson Tonight. “The paper is not alleging we’ve done anything wrong, and we haven’t. We pay our taxes. We like our neighbors. We’ve never had a dispute with anyone.”
“So why is the New York Times doing a story on the location of my family’s house? Well, you know why. To hurt us, to injure my wife and kids so that I will shut up and stop disagreeing with them,” he continued.
Following the conclusion of the program, the Times denied the assertion.
“While we do not confirm what may or may publish in future editions, The Times has not and does not plan to expose any residence of Tucker Carlson’s, which Carlson was aware of before tonight’s broadcast,” a Times spokesperson said.
Carlson called the outlet regarding the story that’s slated to run this week; he said they didn’t care.
“They want this show off the air. If one of my children gets hurt because of a story they wrote, they won’t consider it collateral damage,” Carlson explained. “They know it’s the whole point of the exercise to inflict pain on our family, to terrorize us, to control what we say.”
Two years ago, a “left-wing journalist,” as Carlson puts it, publicized his former home address. This led to repeated threats from Antifa. He eventually sold the Washington, D.C. home. Carlson lives with his wife and their four children.
If the New York Times plans to release Carlson’s address or pictures of his home, he is correct in calling it “criminal behavior.” There’s no reason for it — none. They know exactly what the results would be for Carlson and his family.
There is no excuse to reveal anyone’s home address. Not if they are Tucker Carlson, Rachel Maddow, or a local business owner. It’s inexcusable and menacing.