Sean Hannity’s fake “investigative reporter,” Sara Carter, tweeted a completely fake story about a Canadian woman anti-vaxxer being “trampled” to death by a “Canadian authority.
The Daily Beast caught the latest example of Carter’s disgraced reporting, including her since-deleted original tweet:
“Reports are the woman trampled by a Canadian horse patrol just died at the hospital ... #Trudeau #FreedomConvoyCanada,” Carter tweeted Friday evening.
Then, on Saturday morning, TDB noted that Carter admitted her mistake:
“The Reports I was given earlier yesterday from sources on the ground that someone may have died at a hospital during the trampling was wrong,” she tweeted.
[She] added that “someone was taken to a hospital with a heart condition - not due to trampling. I want to clarify this again and apologize for any confusion.”
Although Sean Hannity keeps referring to Carter as an “investigative reporter” – and she fails to correct him – she is really a contributor. Her shoddy work kept her out of Fox’s “news” division. As Ellen wrote in 2019:
According to Mediaite, the network found her work does not measure up to Fox’s guidelines. But Hannity inflates Carter’s credibility by referring to her as “investigative reporter” even after the network reportedly told him to stop.
In fact, less than two weeks ago, NewsHounds caught Hannity introducing contributor Carter as an “investigative reporter” and, once again, Carter let the falsehood stand.
Not surprisingly, Sen. Ted Cruz acts as if Carter’s the real journalistic deal. Crooks & Liars caught him admitting he deleted his retweet of Carter’s fake story. Not surprisingly, he didn’t apologize for spreading fake news to his constituents.
(Carter image via screen grab)
Let’s not forget that Sara Carter has made a risible career for herself of pushing angry Right Wing propaganda and pretending it to be “reporting”. In recent times, she was a reliable cultist for the Pence White House and particularly for Mike Pence’s childish former spokesman. She repeatedly tried to push “bombshell” propaganda tidbits about supposed Dem wrongdoing during the many times that Pence White House criminality came under scrutiny. She also jumped on the bandwagon to push fraudulent spin about, ironically, election “fraud”. (All of this was meant to get approval from Pence’s childish former spokesman, who wanted to hear his loyalists say that he had not done anything wrong and that he had not just lost an election. When the reality is that he actually committed multiple crimes, got himself impeached twice, and then actually did lose the 2020 Election in a fairly humiliating fashion.)
Sara Carter may have found a way to monetize Right Wing bias and bigotry, but she has never been able to achieve credibility as anything more than a mouthpiece for Far Right propaganda. On the other hand, she’s at least been consistent in her approach. From her first “big story” in the 2000s where she tried to lionize convicted felons Ramos & Compean to her current dark work pushing the “brave truckers” canard, Carter has shown she can be counted on to stick up for the bigots, bad actors and bullies on the Far Right.
Not hateful enough? How dumb and evil does one have to be to attain Fox standards?