Fox News will try to make their viewers believe anything. As long a theory is in Donald Trump’s favor, the conservative news channel seems to even convince themselves of the craziest conspiracies out there.
From supporting the idea that the Parkland high school shooting survivors are “crisis actors” (page 7) to “proof” of Obama’s attempt to create an oligarchy (page 13), here’s every conspiracy theory Fox News tried to turn into reality.
1. Obama’s wiretapping
In March 2017, Trump was convinced that Obama had wiretapped his phones. The president tweeted, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
Fox News was happy to run with the story. According to Newsweek, Tucker Carlson was especially supportive of the conspiracy, asserting, “Not everything the president says on Twitter is factually accurate. But to anyone who has been in Washington for a while, that claim didn’t seem crazy or really that unlikely.”
The Department of Justice confirmed no records of wiretapping existed. Nevertheless, Carlson accused anyone who dismissed Trump’s claim of “colluding with one another to lie to the public, apparently for political reasons.”
Next: Fox News was sued over pushing this conspiracy.