Writer Claims Fox News Host Altered Her Twitter Handle by Adding Blue Check Mark to Mock Her Tweet About Neil Gorsuch

During a Tuesday segment on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Carlson read tweets from "blue check mark Twitter" reacting to Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's decision to say "Merry Christmas" on Fox & Friends, but one writer pointed out that she was not actually a verified user and that the blue check mark next to her name had been added in.

During his Tuesday appearance on Fox & Friends, Gorsuch greeted host Ainsley Earhardt by wishing her a "Merry Christmas." Carlson's segment mocked reactions to Gorsuch's use of the traditional greeting instead of the more politically correct "Happy holidays."

"According to blue check mark Twitter, Gorsuch may as well have said 'Heil Hitler,'" Carlson said before reading the tweets. The first tweet he read came from writer Amee Vanderpool, who writes the "Shero" newsletter and is a contributor to Playboy and an analyst for BBC radio. "Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch just appeared on Fox and Friends this morning, making a point to parrot the 'Merry Christmas' talking point of the GOP. If he's willing to go on Fox and throw a shout out to Republican narratives, what ele [sic] is he willing to do?" Vanderpool's tweet stated. Carlson laughed, before moving on to a tweet from comedian Sean Kent.

The segment showed a blue check mark next to Vanderpool's handle to indicate she is a verified user, but Vanderpool is not verified and does not have a blue check mark.

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch just appeared on Fox and Friends this morning, making a point to parrot the "Merry Christmas" talking point of the GOP. If he's willing to go on Fox and throw a shout out to Republican narratives, what ele is he willing to do? pic.twitter.com/doJ5BUEFQg

— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) December 17, 2019

Vanderpool called out Carlson on Twitter for altering her tweet—and for contradicting the premise of his segment. In another tweet, she mocked Carlson for both altering her tweet and his reaction to it. "Having @TuckerCarlson read my tweet live on his show (after he altered the image to add a blue check that I don't have to call the segment 'blue check Twitter') while mimicking Jim Carrey from the Grinch was a real treat. Merry Christmas," she wrote.

Merry Christmas! Also, @TuckerCarlson altered my verified status and called me "blue check mark" twitter-I am not verified and have no blue check, so he altered the tweet he showed live on the air and the premise for his whole rant was wrong. https://t.co/W4ByKaQXfH

— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) December 18, 2019

Vanderpool told Newsweek she was "surprised" to see her tweet in Carlson's segment. She also wrote that fabricating the image was inappropriate and called Carlson's honesty into question. "Although I thought it was extremely inappropriate for a Supreme Court justice to appear in that capacity on Fox News the day before Trump's impending impeachment, I thought it was even more inappropriate for Tucker Carlson to modify the content of my tweet to reflect a fake blue check mark that I don't have," she wrote. "If he is willing to lie about something like a verification blue check mark and even go so far as to photoshop in a blue check that wasn't there, what else is he lying about and fabricating?"

Vanderpool noted that she has tried to become verified on Twitter, but the verification program has been suspended.

Vanderpool also criticized Carlson's decision to focus on Twitter reactions rather than the impending the impeachment vote. "The decision to focus on reactions like mine on the precipice of such a historical vote in the House of Representatives just shows that Carlson's Fox News base is not looking for serious information," she wrote. "There are so many other important things we could be discussing and debating as a country, the foundation of which Tucker might not even have to fundamentally alter to fit within the construct of a segment."

Fox News did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses 'Populism and the Right' during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Journalist Amee Vanderpool accused Carlson of doctoring one of her tweets to mock it on the air. Chip Somodevilla/Getty