After her public spat with The Daily Wire co-founder Ben Shapiro, Candace Owens joined Tucker Carlson for the latest installment of his digital video series on X.
Carlson asked Owens about the situation, noting that he didn’t fully understand the context surrounding the criticism Shapiro levied on his colleague.
“I haven’t seen it, but to call somebody ‘absolutely disgraceful’, particularly a co-worker, seems like a pretty big step,” Carlson said. “What — and I really don’t know the background here — what is that about?”
“There isn’t much of a background. I saw the video when everybody else saw it, when I woke up,” Owens revealed. “Nobody warned me about it. It looks like maybe he didn’t know he was being recorded. It was some sort of a private event. I got no clarity on the issue that he was particularly speaking on and in what was said. I can’t respond to it beyond what he’s saying because it’s just ad hominem attacks.”
“I can’t respond to it on a level of intellect because there’s nothing that he has expressed in that — at least in that short clip — that he fundamentally disagrees with in terms of what I said,” Owens continued. “But I will say that I’m not going to respond with the same ad hominem attacks. I don’t think it helps further discussion. And if that was me that was caught on a video saying that about colleagues that I work with, I would be embarrassed. I think that the video speaks more to Ben’s character than it speaks to mine.”
Carlson then asked Candace Owens if Shapiro had contacted her to discuss the situation or apologize. She said it’s been radio silence.
“No. Nothing. I haven’t heard a single word. It just was sort of something that he said. And you know what? Ben and I have many disagreements. So I don’t think that that’s particularly something that’s interesting…So that’s totally fine. I am totally open to people having a difference in opinion. I would hope that amongst colleagues that it would always be civil disagreement, and I would never in a private event stand on a table and talk badly about Ben.”
Fox News, Sean Hannity Will Host a Town Hall Event with Donald Trump
The event will be in Davenport, IA, at 9 p.m. ET.
Former President Donald Trump will again skip the Republican debate, which NewsNation is hosting next week. However, he will still be on television, just in another capacity.
According to Deadline, Trump will participate in a Fox News town hall on Tuesday, one night before the next Republican debate. The event will be in Davenport, IA, at 9 p.m. ET.
Furthermore, Sean Hannity, who is coming off moderating the debate between California Governor Gavin Newsom and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, will be hosting the pre-taped event.
Meanwhile, the other Republican candidates will be at the Frank Moody Music Building in Tuscaloosa, AL, for the debate, with Elizabeth Vargas, Megyn Kelly, and Eliana Johnson serving as moderators.
Nikki Haley, DeSantis, and Vivek Ramaswamy are expected to participate in the event, but it remains uncertain whether Chris Christie will meet the qualifications to attend.
NewsNation’s Chris Cuomo and Dan Abrams Spar Over Mediaite Story
“You don’t call when someone makes a comment on their show. You don’t have to say, ‘Did you say it?’ You know they said it.”
Chris Cuomo stated he’d consider voting for former President Donald Trump because he’s open to voting for anyone. However, he had an issue with Mediaite leaving out key context for his remarks.
“Your outlet, and a lot of other ones, did what you often criticize, which is they didn’t contact me,” Cuomo told Abrams. “They didn’t want context.”
Abrams quickly pushed back, saying that Mediaite did not need to contact him over his comments.
“Wait, why do they need to contact you?” Abrams said. “What is there to contact you about? You said what you said in the interview. It speaks for itself. What do they have to contact you about?”
Cuomo then responded, telling Abrams that any credible reporter would be asking follow-up questions to ensure they had context for the comments.
“When you are going to cover what somebody said, you call if you’re a responsible reporter and say, ‘Hey, did you say this? And what did you mean when you said this?’” Cuomo added.
Again, Abrams defended Mediaite and stated that they did not need to offer follow-up questions to Cuomo’s remarks.
“What do you mean, ‘Did you do this?’ You’re not denying you said it,” Abrams told Cuomo. “You don’t call when someone makes a comment on their show. You don’t have to say, ‘Did you say it?’ You know they said it.”
Tucker Carlson Quietly Steps Down from Board of The Daily Caller
“His board term was up and he’s busy with his new projects.”
The Daily Beast reported Thursday that former Fox News host Tucker Carlson quietly stepped down from the board of The Daily Caller. Carlson co-founded the media organization in 2011 and has held a chair position for over a decade.
Nonetheless, citing an unreported tax filing, the report notes that Carlson disappeared from the board of The Daily Caller News Foundation in 2022. Still, the precise timing is unclear.
Carlson did not comment on his removal from the board but attempted to diminish The Daily Beast and the reporter.
“You’re still working for The Daily Beast? How old are you?” Carlson asked.
Tucker Carlson and The Daily Caller had kept the news hidden until recently. The nonprofit submitted its annual registration with the state on December 7, 2022, and Carlson’s name appeared as a director.
The nonprofit did not include his name in the annual registration they filed earlier this month. Additionally, on their September 2022 tax return, they omitted to list him as a board member.
Neil Patel, co-founder and chairperson of The Daily Caller, has been serving on the board with Carlson since the beginning. He expressed in a statement to The Daily Beast that Carlson was too busy for his five-hour-a-week board position and had reached his term limit without providing any additional explanation.
“We love Tucker,” the statement said. “He’s our founder. His board term was up and he’s busy with his new projects, so we moved him to an honorary role.”