According to sources at NBC, Carlson claimed, the tape of Trump’s ribald conversation with “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush was leaked to the Post with the knowledge of NBC brass, including NBC News and MSNBC chairman Andrew Lack.
“NBC’s motive?” Carlson asked. “To derail the Trump campaign two days before a presidential debate.”
Carlson added that NBC executives knew of the tape for months, but were hesitant to broadcast it for fear of being accused of partisanship. But as the reality of a tight race became apparent last fall, he said,
“NBC rose to the defense of Hillary Clinton and leaked that tape.”
Reflecting on the public outcry after the tape’s release, which included calls by members of both parties for Trump to quit the race, Carlson asked,
“What do you think played a bigger role in the 2016 race, the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape or the Russian government? Just because NBC’s effort failed and Donald Trump won anyway doesn’t mean it’s irrelevant.
“NBC News lied to the public to help destroy a politician they didn’t like,” Carlson said. “We know that. We know they wouldn’t do it again, do we? Do we know they’re not doing it now?”