Tucker Carlson Calls Liz Cheney 'Liar' After She Blasts Jan. 6 Special

Tucker Carlson has taken aim at Rep. Liz Cheney after she disparaged his upcoming series on the U.S. Capitol riots, saying it peddled the same lies that caused the violence.

The Fox News anchor has defended Patriot Purge following a widely criticized trailer for the three-part series, in which one contributor said: "False flags have happened in this country. One of which may have taken place on January 6."

The promo said the program would provide the "true story" behind the riots carried out by supporters of former President Donald Trump after the 2020 election. Another contributor who appears in the trailer claims that "the left is hunting the right."

Critics have pointed to how the trailer appears to amplify "wild conspiracy theories" about the storming of the Capitol. The host of Tucker Carlson Tonight has claimed that the FBI had a role in organizing the riot.

Cheney, the Republican vice chair of the House select committee investigating January 6, tweeted on Thursday that Fox News was giving Carlson "a platform to spread the same type of lies that provoked violence on January 6."

She added: "As Fox News knows, the election wasn't stolen and January 6 was not a 'false flag' operation."

Condemnation of the trailer has come from several quarters, but Carlson singled out Cheney's criticism to mount an apparent defense of his network's journalistic integrity.

"This is not CNN. We work for Fox News," Carlson said on Thursday. "Our bosses don't pull people off the air just because some screechy little politician doesn't like what we say.

"Keep in mind that Liz Cheney has not even seen the film that she is so angry about—just the trailer."

He also dismissed the congresswoman's claim that the documentary was "abetting violence," as he referred to Black Lives Matter protests and the shooting of rioter Ashli Babbitt.

In his view, Cheney was angered by the trailer because "until yesterday, she and [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi had a monopoly on how Americans were allowed to understand January 6.

"That is not how a free society works. Politicians don't get to put parameters around your thoughts."

Re-upping this tweet so everyone can see the whole thing, including the part @TuckerCarlson was afraid to show. Tucker: are you still falsely contending the voting machines were corrupted and the election was stolen? https://t.co/SHpqhST65a

— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) October 29, 2021

Teasing the series, which streams on Fox Nation from Monday, he said Fox News had spoken to "dozens of people" involved in the events of January 6.

He went on: "What we found in the end bore no resemblance whatsoever to the story that you have heard repeatedly from Liz Cheney and Nancy Pelosi, as well as their many obedient mouthpieces in the media. They were lying."

He added that Cheney had been invited to appear on his show, but "she emphatically refused to come. It turns out that Liz Cheney is not simply a liar, she is also a coward."

When contacted for comment, Cheney's spokesperson Jeremy Adler referred Newsweek to a tweet in which the lawmaker revisited her criticism of Carlson. "Tucker: are you still falsely contending the voting machines were corrupted and the election was stolen?" it read.

Adler also pointed to a tweet he had posted that read: "Tucker's staff didn't call. They emailed.

"He completely omitted the rational reason why Liz Cheney won't participate in his dangerous efforts. Isn't the liar and the coward the person who is unwilling to tell his viewers the truth about both the 2020 election and January 6th?"

Newsweek has contacted Fox News for comment.

Update 10/29/21, 9:15 a.m. ET: This article was updated to add comments from Cheney's spokesperson Jeremy Adler.

Liz Cheney and Tucker Carlson
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney (L) has taken aim at Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson for his upcoming special on the January 6 insurrection. Carlson has criticized Cheney for her stance. Getty