Fox News’ Tucker Carlson proved why he is rapidly becoming the king of cable news when he started his primetime show with an interview with someone calling himself Dom Tullipso. Tullipso claims that he is the head of something called Demand Protest, which purports to pay people $2,500 a month to protest against incoming President Donald Trump. However, the Fox News research team did their due diligence with Mr. Tullipso, according to Mediaite, and so Carlson opened the segment by destroying his guest.

“This is a sham, your company isn’t real, your website is fake, the claims you have made are lies, this is a hoax.

Let me start at the beginning, however, with your name, Dom Tullipso, which is not your real name. It’s a fake name, we ran you through law enforcement-level background checks and that name does not exist.”

Tullipso, who has been interviewed by other media and been taken serious, quickly realized that the game was up. He never told Carlson what his real name was and did not directly admit that he was a fraud. However, he did lionize various people his fake organization is alleged to support, including Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and Peyton Manning. Some have suggested that Tullipso confused the football great Peyton Manning with the transgendered traitor Chelsea Manning, recently given a commuted sentence by President Barack Obama.

But he repeated the football Manning’s name at least once more in the interview. Clearly he was taking his exposure as a fraud in stride and was having fun with it.

Tullipso also announced that his fake group had switched from opposing Trump to supporting him as of 30 minutes before the interview. As Carlson could not prevent himself from laughing, the guest also added that his goal is to force the release of the “Roswell papers,” presuming having to do with space aliens.

The question arises if Carlson and Fox News knew Tullipso was a fraud, why allow him on the show? Likely two reasons exist. Tullipso had fooled other news organizations as to his bona fides so he needed exposing. And, the interview made for compelling, laugh out loud television.