CNN's Jim Acosta, who noted he previously "described Fox News as the bulls*** factory in honor of its steady stream of bogus segments aimed at ginning up viewer outrage," said he decided to award Carlson "the distinction of bulls*** factory employee of the month" because he "has really outdone himself this week."
"Congrats, Tucker. You did it," he spewed sarcastically on Saturday. "Nobody bulls***s like you when it comes to the insurrection."
Brian Stelter then followed suit on Sunday, announcing he decided to "send some questions to Fox News" about Carlson's "completely bogus conspiracy theory."
"I asked Fox News [public relations] executives, 'Did anyone vet Carlson's reporting? Did the Fox newsroom go through his reporting? Did they examine it ahead of time? Why haven't they followed up on it since?'"
After questioning why Carlson's claims aren't covered on other Fox shows, such as Fox News Sunday, hosted by Chris Wallace, and Special Report with Bret Baier, Stelter said, "We know why."
"Carlson's out there on his own [on] Carlson Island. ... He's out there on his own, claiming to be telling the truth to viewers, and the defense from Fox is that it's an opinion show and that everyone knows it's an opinion show, but it looks like news, it smells like news, and his fans think it's news. They trust Tucker more than they trust real reporters," he continued. "So what was the vetting? What was the process? Why isn't Fox following up?"
A representative for CNN told the Washington Examiner "the segments speak for themselves."
Carlson made headlines last week in suggesting that undercover agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have orchestrated the Jan. 6 riot, saying the tactic has been used before, specifically in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last October.
While many on the Right have theorized the Jan. 6 siege of Capitol Hill was instigated by outside infiltrators, FBI Director Christopher Wray has said there is no evidence that fake Trump supporters or antifa were responsible for the attack.
"Do you have any evidence that the Capitol attack was organized by, quote, 'fake Trump protesters'?" Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin asked Wray during a committee hearing on March 2.
"We have not seen evidence of that," Wray responded.
Acosta and Stelter have both been frequent critics of Fox News, often singling out Carlson in particular. In March, Stelter called the Fox News host "the new Donald Trump," claiming that Fox News leadership encourages Carlson's "radicalized content" to keep profits "flowing."
“Every day, Carlson is throwing bombs, making online memes offending millions of people, also delighting millions of others, tapping into white male rage and resentment, stoking distrust of Big Tech in the media, generally coarsening the discourse, never apologizing for anything, and setting the GOP's agenda," Stelter said on his CNN show, Reliable Sources. "Sounds like a recently retired president, right?”