Cable news super-host Tucker Carlson spent a portion of his show earlier in the week to display an inside view of what politics and news are like in the upper echelons of Washington and New York.
The opinion journalist had recordings of a conversation between President Donald Trump’s disgraced former attorney, Michael Cohen, and CNN’s President Jeff Zucker.
Carlson began his diatribe by announcing that Cohen has a book that’s out, and guessing that the former Trump personal attorney probably didn’t actually know what was in the book, he was likely just looking to make a cash grab. He then went on to explain what close personal friends Zucker and Cohen were, in real life.
That, after an explanation of Cohen’s invitation to be interviewed on the network. According to Carlson, “Cohen and Zucker once had kids at the same private school in New York. Cohen served on the board of school with Zucker’s ex-wife. Jeff Zucker and Michael Cohen have long been personal friends.”
To demonstrate his point, Carlson referenced a phone conversation between Cohen and Zucker in March of 2016, just hours before the last Republican primary debate when Cohen called Zucker (whose network was hosting the Miami debate) to check in about the upcoming event.
Zucker took the opportunity to inform the presidential candidate’s attorney that no one could be elected president without CNN’s backing (funny, most of us probably had some antiquated idea about votes and states and electoral college having something to do with it, but now you know).
“Here’s the thing… you cannot be elected president of the United States without CNN. Fox and MSNBC are irrelevant—irrelevant—in electing a general election candidate.”
Carlson translated Zucker’s comments saying, “If you want to run the country in other words, Jeff Zucker said, you’ve got to sniff my throne. It’s not that CNN needs the help, he explained, ‘We’re killing it, we’re doing great.’ But Donald Trump badly needs CNN.”
The CNN president then went on to throw out some compliments toward Trump’s campaign, saying that they “have had great instincts, great guts, and great understanding of everything. But you’re missing the boat on how it works going forward.”
“Okay,” Michael Cohen replies. “Why don’t you email Donald Trump and tell him that.”
It was at that point that Zucker became somewhat less forthcoming:
“I’m very conscious of not putting too much in email, as you’re a lawyer, as you understand. And, you know, and as fond as I am of the boss, he also has a tendency, like, you know, if I call him or I email him, he then is capable of going out at his next rally and saying that we just talked and I can’t have that if you know what I’m saying.”
As if his previous ingratiating comments weren’t enough, Zucker also eluded to his interest in keeping Trump as an asset for his company, referencing “proposals” he had for then-candidate Trump.
“Like, I want to do a weekly show with and all this stuff,” Zucker said, inquiring when he’d be back in New York City.
“Wait, what?” Carlson asked after the recording paused. “A weekly show on CNN? Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, wanted to give a weekly show to a man he himself has denounced as a racist? Yep. That was the plan.”
The remainder of the recording played showed Zucker offering real political advice to Cohen as to how he could help Trump get the edge on his opponent’s potential attacks. Carlson, however, shared his disgust, pointing out how much those who claim to be enemies to the public, are in reality, looking to make a buck off one another and/or do what is best for their own interests.