Gretchen Carlson pointed to former Fox News colleague Greta Van Susteren, beating Van Susteren for not having initially believed the allegations of badual harbadment against the late chief of Fox News , Roger Ailes.
The online fight started on Friday after Van Susteren tweeted the criticism of ABC News.
The network had initially referred to a correction of a failed report as a "clarification", which led Van Susteren to fit ABC News for his refusal to "admit his mistake".
Carlson countered Van Susteren in a tweet of his own. She accused Van Susteren of calling her a "liar" when she accused Ailes of badually harbading her when he was president and CEO of Fox News.
It's true, but what happens when you call me a liar 24 hours after my story broke? U did not know #facts . You were someone I had always admired and announced every time you entered my program. And you are a lawyer who made it so scandalous. https://t.co/DxJAXsyhyl
– Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) December 2, 2017
Van Susteren, who had a long career as a Fox News presenter until 2016, denied having called Carlson a liar. In another tweet said "that's not the case".
"I did not call her a liar," Van Susteren wrote, asking readers to examine their comments of the time.
Van Susteren added that when Ailes' story of badual harbadment "broke down for the first time," Carlson was the "only one to present a claim, a claim that never revealed or hinted at and that surprised us all."
Gretchen Carlson states in a tweet that I called her "liar" in July 2016. That's not the case. I did not call her a liar. See below what I said when the story broke for the first time and at a time when she was the only one presenting a claim, a claim that never revealed or hinted at and that surprised us all. pic.twitter.com/PD3cT1UyLn
– Greta Van Susteren (@greta) December 2, 2017
As the Mediaite website pointed out, Van Susteren told People magazine in July 2016 that the "first thing that happened" for her was that Carlson was perhaps "a disgruntled employee".
"I read that his show was not being renewed and, as a lawyer, I thought he got angry," Van Susteren said at the time. "I often deal with Roger Ailes, I have often been alone with Roger Ailes in his office over the course of 15 years and had never seen anything like what I am reading in the newspapers and the magazine."
Van Susteren later expressed regret for not believing in Carlson.
Carlson's lawsuit initiated a chain of events that ultimately led to the overthrow of Ailes from Fox News. Ailes died on May 18, 2017 after falling at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 77.
CNNMoney (New York) First publication, December 2, 2017, at 10:24 PM, Eastern Time