Source: Ian Schwartz

Tucker Carlson responded to the Democratic National Committee’s decision to bar FOX News from hosting Democratic presidential primary debates. On the Thursday edition of his FOX News program, Carlson also hit back at CNN for accusing FNC of bias when the network has its own history of influencing debates.

TUCKER CARLSON: The White House briefly banned Jim Acosta. Jim Acosta is not a great person. He’s awful, ask anyone who knows him. Still, FOX News stuck to principle. Even awful people ought to be allowed to cover the White House. FOX immediately filed an amicus brief supporting Acosta’s return to the White House press pool. Acosta got his credentials back.

You may dislike FOX News but there is no question about this channel’s commitment to free speech. We defend speech even when it’s unpopular, even when the person speaking has attacked us personally. Free expression is bigger than any one person or any organization. It is the very heart of this country. It is the foundation of all other freedoms. We really believe that. CNN and MSNBC do not believe that.