In a bizarre segment on Wednesday night’s show, Carlson alleged that his team mailed the documents from New York to Los Angeles after receiving them from a “source” on Monday, but that the bundle never arrived.
Without providing any further details or evidence, Carlson said the “damning” documents had “vanished” en route, heavily implying foul play.
Carlson said a producer had shipped the documents to him from New York to Los Angeles via a “brand-name company”. When they didn’t arrive, the shipping company told Fox that their package had been opened and the documents had “disappeared”.
“To its credit, the (shipping) company took this very seriously and immediately began a search,” said Carlson, adding that they traced it back from the moment it was dropped off by the producer in Manhattan to 3.44 am on Tuesday morning. “That’s when an employee at the sorting facility in another state noticed that our package was open and empty,” he claimed.
“Those documents have vanished. As of tonight, the company has no idea and no working theory either about what happened to this trove of material.”
Viewers questioned why Fox shipped the only copy of such “damning” material without making any kind of back-up, and the segment has since been a subject of ridicule on social media.
Political scientist David Rothkopf slammed Carlson’s claim as “the dog ate my October surprise".
“Why the f--- didn’t you just email them,” wrote comedian Sarah Cooper, adding in another tweet, “It was me. I stole the documents.”
“If I understand the implications of his argument, I believe Tucker is arguing the Deep State ate his homework. Or something like that,” American writer Peter Wehner tweeted.
“Good job in getting the Very Important Documents, team. Now nobody will get in the way of our Plan to install Biden and implement Full Communism. HAIL HYDRA!” wrote journalist Oliver Willis.
Tom Nichols, a senior adviser at The Lincoln Project, commented: “If you think about it, this is a brilliant strategy. Now the fever swamp viewers of Carlson’s nightly 60 minutes of hate can just imagine what those documents are and how bad they are, instead of Tucker risking getting sued or caught with fakes.”
Molly Jong-Fast, the editor at large of The Daily Beast also took a dig at Carlson’s theory, saying: “Who could have seen this coming? Maybe @SachaBaronCohen?”