He may be fifty-two years old but controversial TV host Tucker Carlson has been told off for telling porky pies by his first-grade teacher.
In one of his books, the Fox News presenter blamed his ex-teacher, who he named Mrs. Raymond, for his long-running hatred of liberals. He described her as a "parody of earth-mother liberalism" who "wore long Indian-print skirts" and claimed she was so bad at teaching him that his father was forced to hire a private tutor for him.
In the book, Carlson also reminisced on one moment where his teacher sobbed at her desk wailing: "The world is so unfair! You don't know that yet. But you'll find out!"
Well, Mrs. Marianna Raymond seemed pretty shocked at his allegations. Speaking to the Washington Post, she said: "Oh my God, that is the most embellished, crazy thing I ever heard."
Now seventy-seven, the ex-teacher denied crying at her desk, wearing "Indian-print" skirts, or ever sharing politics in her class.
She even went as far as to describe a young Carlson as "very precious and very, very polite and sweet." Although Mrs. Raymond did confirm Carlson's father hired a tutor for him - but clarified that she was in fact the tutor.
The Washington Post regards Carlson as "the preeminent voice of angry White America." A role which he now plays every weeknight on his prime-time spot on Fox News.
During his rise to the top of the conservative media ecosystem over his three-decade-long career, there have been plenty of moments in which Carlson has shocked, scorned, and blasted people of color, homosexuality, and other attributes he deems overly liberal. These on-air attacks have consistently proven his obsolescence for diversity in American society and have caused him to lash out repeatedly that he as a White person, does not bear any responsibility for racism against Black people.
Carlson's rise in popularity, not coincidentally, came about during a time of extraordinary political unrest in America. With his undying support for the business mogul and former president Donald Trump and his open attacks on US immigration, he could be deemed responsible for the transformation of the Republican Party to its 'America First" ideology.
His show saw particular commemoration when the murder of George Floyd triggered a worldwide debate surrounding systemic racism and a pro-trump rally stormed the Capitol following the 2020 elections.
It is undeniable that Carlson has used his influence to spread unfounded claims that are embraced by many Republic leaders. He echoed Trump's false claims that the 2020 election was rigged. And although he has described himself as "pretty pro-vaccine" he has questioned the efficacy of vaccinations against the coronavirus, saying "maybe it doesn't work and they're simply not telling you that."
Fox News released a statement to The Post standing by its star: "Tucker Carlson is an important voice in America which deeply resonates with millions of viewers via our powerful primetime lineup and two in-depth shows on FOX Nation — we fully support him."