TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS CHANNEL, 23 FEBRUARY 2021: We at “Tucker Carlson Tonight” have watched with growing amusement as our media gatekeepers thrash about in a frenzy of foaming hysteria at the possibility that someone, somewhere might dare to present facts or form opinions without their express written permission. Freelance thinking is what they hate most, because it’s a threat to their monopoly. They can’t say that out loud, so instead they call it “disinformation.” “Disinformation is the real threat,” says the guy who thinks his union has the contract on bringing you the news. It’s ridiculous. However, before you judge these people, take a moment and feel some compassion. Imagine if you had spent 30 years making a good living as a car mechanic, and all of a sudden GM invents an engine that anyone can fix at home with a screwdriver. You’d be upset. That’s how CNN feels about the internet. It’s exposing their scam, so naturally, they’re a little irrational about it. The thing about disinformation, they’re telling us, is not that it’s simply harmful to you personally. It’s not like eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s or sneaking a smoke while the kids are at school. Dsinformation isn’t a sin, it’s a crime. Disinformation is an offense against this country, an attack on America and, more critically, on something called our “norms.” If we’re being completely honest, there is a kernel of truth in what they’re yelling about. There is disinformation out there and it does hurt people, imparing their ability to make wise decisions. You can’t know what to do next if you don’t know what’s really going on. A lot of people in this country are in that position right now. We saw evidence of it just this week. We recently read a research paper called “How Informed are Americans about Race and Policing?” It was published by the Skeptic Research Center, and it’s a pretty amazing document. The researchers asked people to estimate the number of unarmed African-Americans who were killed by police in 2019. Accrding to the results, 44% of Americans who describe themselves as liberal believe about 1,000 or more than 1,000 unarmed African-Americans were gunned down by cops that year. The actual number of unarmed African-Americans killed by the police in 2019 was 27. The rest of the study found similar results: Self-described liberals, for example, believe that a strong majority of people killed by police in 2019 were African-Americans. The actual percentage was less than half that, closer to 25%. These are not small mistakes. A lot of Americans are completely and utterly misinformed, and that has actual consequences. Public policy can change dramatically on the basis of things people think they know but don’t actually know. So it’s worth finding out where the public is getting all this “disinformation.” Is it QAnon? Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Twitter feed? The Kremlin? The Proud Boys? Alex Jones? The answer is none of the above. The answer is cable news and politicians talking on TV. They’re the ones spreading disinformation to Americans. Apparently, not only are huge numbers of unarmed African-Americans murdered every year because of their race, to deny or even question that fact is to effectively participate in those killings yourself. Where, and this is the missing piece of the puzzle, are all the victims of this indiscriminate racial violence? Last month, MSNBC was pretty sure they had found one. The channel claimed cops had tried to execute an unarmed African-American man called Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. They repeated the claim that Jacob Blake was unarmed again and again and again.