MSNBCâ€™s Nicolle Wallace grilled former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday for writing a book about liars and conspiracy theorists that failed to go after one of the biggest players in that field.
â€œThe book is about conspiracies and lies, and you really donâ€™t take on Fox News. Why not?â€ Wallace asked. â€œHave you seen the Tucker Carlson program?â€
Christie, who appeared on MSNBCâ€™s â€œDeadline: White Houseâ€ to promote his forthcoming book, â€œRepublican Rescue: Saving the Party From Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden,â€ said he doesnâ€™t watch Carlsonâ€™s program and was â€œnot reallyâ€ aware of what he does.
â€œItâ€™s a book with truth deniers, conspiracy theorists on the cover, and youâ€™ve attacked CNN, The New York Times and MSNBC and not Fox?â€ Wallace asked.
Christie argued that he didnâ€™t attack them as truth deniers but cast them as biased.
â€œIs bias more dangerous to the country than conspiracy theorists?â€ Wallace interrupted.
Christie insisted that he delved into that in the third section of the book and that Wallace was conflating two different portions.
â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s an intellectually honest case to make about conspiracy theories without taking on Fox News,â€ Wallace said.
â€œWell, you can write that in your book,â€ Christie snapped.
â€œIâ€™m not trying to rescue the Republican Party,â€ Wallace shot back.
Carlson, whose program is among the most-watched in all of cable news, devotes hours of airtime to spreading misinformation and stoking culture wars on a wide range of subjects.
Fox News won a defamation lawsuit that had been brought against Carlson last year by successfully arguing, according to a judge, â€œthat given Mr. Carlsonâ€™s reputation, any reasonable viewer â€˜arrive[s] with an appropriate amount of skepticismâ€™ about the statement he makes.â€
Christie, now a critic of former President Donald Trump, has made a spate of media appearances to promote his book and urge Republicans to let go of Trumpâ€™s lies about the 2020 election and move forward.