Tucker Carlson Snaps at Fox News Colleague Over Ukraine Coverage, Attacks Shepard Smith for Pretending 'Angry Political Opinions Are News'

A war of words on Fox News regarding President Donald Trump's phone call with the president of the Ukraine has continued after Tucker Carlson mocked fellow host Shepard Smith Wednesday night.

The ongoing saga erupted Tuesday when Fox News contributor and former judge Andrew Napolitano told Smith that it would be a crime if Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate his potential 2020 rival Joe Biden in order to uncover information that could be used against him.
"It is a crime for the president to solicit aid for his campaign from a foreign government," Napolitano said, reiterating to Smith that it would be a crime if the president admitted to doing it.

Following Napolitano's remarks, pro-Trump lawyer Joe diGenova appeared on Carlson's show Tuesday night, calling the judge a "fool" and his opinions "foolish."

"No, it is not a crime," diGenova added. "Let me underscore emphatically that nothing that the president said on that call or what we think he said on that call constitutes a crime."

On air Wednesday morning, Smith described the diGenova as a "partisan guest" whose opinions went unchallenged by Carlson.

"Attacking our colleague who's here to offer legal assessments on our air in our work home is repugnant," said Smith.

Carlson, who has faced calls to be fired from Fox News in the past over his views on white supremacy and immigration, then invited diGenova to comment on what Smith said and Trump's actions on his show Wednesday night.

"Now, unlike maybe some dayside hosts, I'm not very partisan," Carlson claimed. "Is it a crime or not?"

In response, diGenova said that the president requesting information is not a foreign contribution and therefore does not consist a crime. He then went on to say his opinions on the matter are more valuable than Napolitano because of his legal experience.

"I've been a U.S. attorney and independent counsel and investigative counsel on Capitol Hill in the house in the Senate, Judge Napolitano has never been a U.S. attorney," said diGenova. "He's never been a federal prosecutor. He has never conducted a federal grand jury. I have done all of those things. If he wants to have an opinion, that's fine."

Carlson then mocked Smith for passing off his views on his show as fact. "Why do we find ourselves in a situation where people aren't willing to admit that their passions are guiding their news coverage?" he said.

Carlson continued: "It makes people cynical when you dress up partisanship as news coverage and pretend that your angry political opinions are news ... people tune out.

"They know dishonesty when they see it."

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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 Chip Somodevilla/Getty