FACT CHECK: Did CNN Publish This Headline About Tucker Carlson?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Twitter purports CNN published a headline stating former Fox News host Tucker Carlson had allegedly died by suicide.

Verdict: False

The headline is digitally fabricated. A CNN spokesperson denied the outlet had published the headline in an email to Check Your Fact.

Fact Check:

Carlson was reportedly notified that he’d been ousted from Fox News Apr. 24 while planning his Monday night broadcast, according to Insider. Carlson’s departure is allegedly related to a discrimination lawsuit from former Fox News producer Abby Grossberg, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“Former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson has died from suicide,” the alleged CNN headline, dated Apr. 24, purports. The headline, shared via Twitter, has received over 200,000 views at the time of publication.

The claim is false. Check Your Fact found no credible news reports indicating Carlson had allegedly died by suicide. Likewise, there are no results for the purported headline on CNN’s website or its verified social media accounts. In addition, neither Fox News nor Carlson has publicly responded to the claim.

The headline is digitally fabricated from a genuine CNN article announcing Carlson’s departure from Fox News. The article, titled “Tucker Carlson out at Fox News,” shares the same photo and authors as the purported headline. (RELATED: No, Fox News Did Not Air A Story About A Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Amidst The Louisville Shooting)

“This is a fake and fabricated image. CNN did not report this,” a CNN spokesperson denied the outlet had published the headline in an email to Check Your Fact.

Although Fox News has not commented on the fabricated CNN article, the outlet did confirm they had parted ways with Carlson on Monday.

“We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor,” a spokesperson said, according to the outlet. “Fox News Tonight” will take over Carlson’s 8 p.m. time slot until his replacement is named.

This is not the first time Fox News has been the center of misinformation on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting the network aired a story on Popeye’s chicken sandwich instead of information pertaining to a shooting in Louisville, Kentucky.

Carlson is the co-founder of The Daily Caller, Check Your Fact’s parent company.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter