A video depicting Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson as he was confronted while on vacation in Montana went viral on social media as many of his critics shared and promoted it.
The man who accosted Carlson in a fly fishing shop was identified as Dan Bailey, who has since been allegedly linked to a non-profit front group created by the CIA.
“I want you to know that”
This incident occurred as Carlson continues his claim that the National Security Agency has been spying on his personal communications in an apparent effort to damage his reputation and career.
In the now-viral video, Bailey can be seen approaching Carlson before accusing him of spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic, among other things.
Montana man to @TuckerCarlson: “You are the worst human being known to mankind. I want you to know that.”
(🎥: danbaileymt on Instagram) pic.twitter.com/U71sGkksJF
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 24, 2021
Some internet sleuths quickly linked Bailey, purportedly a Montana-based fishing guide and environmentalist, with The Asia Foundation. According to the Daily Dot, he previously worked with the non-profit organization in Mongolia.
As the International Business Times explained, Bailey did work with the group as a river ecologist, at least for a time in 2007. Currently, he is believed to work as a Yellowstone Program Manager with the National Parks Conservation Association.
“Intolerance of another point of view”
The apparent CIA connection is derived from a 2017 post on MuckRock based on declassified documents said to reveal that The Asia Foundation was a proprietary creation of the agency in 1951.
Its stated goal was “to undertake cultural and educational activities on behalf of the United States Government in ways not open to official U.S. agencies.”
Of course, even amid evidence that TAF was created and has been funded by the CIA, there is no evidence linking Bailey to the agency at the present time or even that he was aware of the connection when he worked with the group previously.
Nevertheless, a Fox News spokesperson condemned the “totally inexcusable” ambush, declaring: “No public figure should be accosted regardless of their political persuasion or beliefs simply due to the intolerance of another point of view.”
The shop where the confrontation occurred — coincidentally named Dan Bailey’s Outdoor company, although there is no relation — has issued a statement distancing itself from the incident, writing: “To be clear, we treat every customer equally and respecfully. Our staff was professional and cordial to Mr. Carlson, as we are with all of our customers.”