FOX News’ Tucker Carlson took aim at the CIA on Tuesday night, attacking a recruitment video the agency produced for its apparent wokeness.
The video in question has been mocked online for featuring an “intersectional” and “cisgender” Latina mom who claimed she had anxiety issues.
At one point, Carlson described the woman in the video as the “Kim Philby of wokeness” – a reference to the British intelligence officer and double agent for the Soviet Union.
Carlson, speaking on Tucker Carlson Tonight, said: “She said, ‘I am a woman of color. I am a mom. I am a cisgender millennial who’s been been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.’
“And then she told us, hilariously, the spunky new CIA lady… She told us she is intersectional, but, ‘my existence is not a box-checking exercise.'”
The presenter went on to sarcastically explain how, he thought, the video was in fact the exact definition of box-checking.
Carlson added: “Come on! It’s just a cisgender Latino millennial mom of color with a certified emotional disability. No a hint of box-checking there.
“In fact, that sounds like pure meritocracy – if by ‘meritocracy’ you mean a system in which narcissism is the highest achievement.”
The two-minute video had been widely mocked on social media – particularly by conservative media commentators, who have tied it to weakness in the Biden Administration.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: “China and Russia Love this.”
In 2017, The New Yorker reported that Carlson himself tried to join the CIA, only to be rejected.
The magazine said: “After college, he [Carlson] tried and failed to persuade the C.I.A. to employ him; the real-life agency, unlike its fictional counterparts, prefers not to hire young men who are gabby and insubordinate.”