Tucker Carlson fights fake news on his own show after a man pretended to pay people to protest Trump’s inauguration

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Unverified claims of a group called Demand Protest paying people to protest President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration have duped several news media outlets.

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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson invited one “Dom Tullipso,” the man supposedly behind the paid protest group, to be a guest on his show Tuesday night.

Carlson confronted “Tullipso” over the unverified information, beginning with his own name:

“This is a sham, your company isn’t real, your website is fake, the claims you have made are lies, this is a hoax. Let me start at the beginning, however, with your name, Dom Tullipso, which is not your real name. It’s a fake name, we ran you through law enforcement-level background checks and that name does not exist.”

Fox News stated that Tullipso could not provide the Los Angeles bureau with any kind of identification, though he maintained in the interview that he was completely legitimate.

“Tullipso’s” grilling was nothing less than painful, especially after he mistakenly confused recently commuted whistleblower Chelsea Manning with football star Peyton Manning. Carlson realized the flub and wasted no time calling “Tullipso” out on his “performance art.”

When Carlson asked why they were sharing the fake information, “Tullipso” struggled to get his story straight. Carlson criticized the spread of the fake news during the segment. “Tullipso” said that he was amazed at how quickly news media outlets could spread fake news, yet continued to say that his group was not a hoax.

“Tullipso” also stated that the group had changed its mind on protesting Trump’s inauguration and decided to protest the protesters.

You can watch the full interview below:
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