Tucker Carlson says there's no way the The New York Times hasn't lost subscribers while accusing the publication of committing fraud to keep its readers.
On his Friday show, Carlson explains the "shoe-leather reporting" his team did by subscribing to the Times to test how difficult it is to cancel a subscription.
Carlson, who is no stranger to run-ins with the Times, introduced the subject by saying: "The New York Times has been getting much worse for years. When Trump got elected, it became unreadable, and now it's just a parody site. It's like the Babylon Bee, but with no self-awareness."
Carlson said a team member signed up for a Times' monthly subscription, but cancelled when the rate raised to $17 per month.
"We talked to a representative at the Times in April, and that representative told us that the cancelation was going to go through, but then this month we got billed again."
Carlson said they kept calling and were assured the cancellation would be approved.
"Then, this morning, for some reason, the Times hit us with yet another charge for $17. So we called The New York Times to find out what was going on."
"Within minutes, the customer service rep at the New York Times confessed that the company is committing fraud."
"That's not an overstatement; that's what happened. Listen to her explanation of why our producer was not able to cancel his account."
In an audio clip between Carlson's producer and the Times's rep, the rep says:
"Now, as for the refund of those two transactions you were 'trying to avoid,' it does not look like those were processed at all," she said.
"So, I'm going to have to do that for you now, which shouldn't be a problem. Right?"
The rep continues: "'Billing event is being processed,' why is there another event being processed? That doesn't make any sense."
Carlson concludes with: "Go check your monthly statement; there's a pretty good chance The New York Times is still taking your money."
"So again, that's fraud, and we hope it's rectified, But, more importantly, now we know how they keep their subscriber numbers."