Speaking on Fox News on Thursday evening, show host Tucker Carlson defended the free speech rights of Alex Jones of InfoWars. Carlson said, "I know we're supposed to think that Alex Jones is way more radical than, like, Bill Maher, or Michelle Wolf, or Rosie O'Donnell, but he's got a point of view, and CNN is trying to squelch his point of view"
Referring to a momentary kefluffle on Wednesday after CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins was told by the White House that she was not invited to an impromptu Rose Garden press conference featuring President Donald Trump and EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker, Carlson said, "So, I couldn't help notice the big story in Washington today is that Kaitlan Collins over at CNN was prevented from covering an event at the White House yesterday. Kaitlan worked for me for years, she is a fair and decent person, and I don't think she should have been prevented from covering anything, that's my position on that."
Going further, Carlson weighed in on CNN and its claim that free speech had been squelched by the White House. "But CNN has been basically a martyr for free speech for the last 24 hours. At the same time they are telling us how important it is that people should be able to say what they think, they are agitating for Alex Jones to be pulled off YouTube. Now, I know we're supposed to think that Alex Jones is way more radical than, like, Bill Maher, or Michelle Wolf, or Rosie O'Donnell, but he's got a point of view, and CNN is trying to squelch his point of view. What do you make of that?
Charles Hurt, a guest on the show, said, "You're right, the hypocrisy is just astounding, and I guarantee you that if you flipped over to CNN right now, there would not be a single story about the Twitter shadow-banning, there would not be a single story. And the only story that you would see about YouTube pulling Alex Jones videos would be probably something celebratory about, you know, a scalp of sorts, for managing to eventually get their way on that story."
Hurt, who edits the opinion page of the Washington Times, said that the White House has long had the practice of picking and choosing which media outlets are chosen for press conferences and other opportunities. The White House press corps, he said, has numerous problems that have not been a focus of attention, especially ih the private briefings given by White House staff to reporters that amount to "planting questions." Carlson responded, "I wish the left would still defend free speech."