Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson is pushing back on claims in a new book that Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had pushed and may have even kicked his dog.
Mr. DeSantis's alleged assault on Mr. Carlson's canine is described in the forthcoming book "The Fall: The End of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty" by author Michael Wolff. Mr. Wolff described the alleged incident in an excerpt of his book, published by New York Magazine on Wednesday.
According to Mr. Wolff's book, Fox News had urged Mr. Carlson—then still with Fox News—to stay "open-minded" about Mr. DeSantis, whom the book describes as Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch's favored candidate. Mr. Carlson reportedly had the Florida governor over for lunch, but the experience reportedly caused a rift between the Fox News host and Mr. DeSantis. According to Mr. Wolff, the Florida governor "had a total inability to read the room," and drew the ire of Mr. Carlson's wife, Susie Carlson.
According to the excerpt from the new book:
"Ron DeSantis sat at her table talking in an outdoor voice indoors, failing to observe any basics of conversational ritual or propriety, reeling off an unself-conscious list of his programs and initiatives and political accomplishments. Impersonal, cold, uninterested in anything outside of himself. The Carlsons are dog people with four spaniels, the progeny of other spaniels they have had before, who sleep in their bed. DeSantis pushed the dog under the table. Had he kicked the dog? Susie Carlson’s judgment was clear: She did not ever want to be anywhere near anybody like that ever again. Her husband agreed. DeSantis, in Carlson’s view, was a 'fascist.'"
The former Fox News host was quick to dispute Mr. Wolff's claims.
The DeSantis campaign has also denied Mr. Wolff's claim.
Author's Past Work ChallengedThe sourcing for the alleged altercation between Mr. Carlson's dog and the Florida governor is unclear. In its official blurb for Mr. Wolff's latest work, publisher Macmillan indicates Mr. Wolff's latest work comes as the result of his "unprecedented access to the Murdoch family and key players in the world of Fox," and yet the excerpt Mr. Wolff published with New York Magazine provides few clues about how he came by this disputed account of the meeting between Mr. DeSantis and the Carlson family.
NTD News reached out to Mr. Wolff for comment, but the author did not respond by the time this article was published.
NTD News reached out for comment from Henry Holt and Company, the Macmillan subsidiary that published "The Fall."
Marian Brown, a spokesperson for Henry Holt and Company, said "We stand by what's in the book." Ms. Brown did not answer specific questions about what steps the publishing company took to verify the claims in Mr. Wolff's latest book.