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Tucker Carlson

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Tucker Carlson looking mean, moody and magnificent in 2006.
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It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.
—Upton Sinclair

Tucker Carlson is a conservative political commentator, news correspondent, and noted jackass. He started his career as a semi-respectable journalist, and has been sinking lower ever since.[1] He co-hosted the CNN show Crossfire (before it was cancelled), the MSNBC show Tucker (before it was cancelled), and currently works for Fox News, taking Bill O'Reilly's prime-time spot, with his show Tucker Carlson Tonight.[2] He is also the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller.

According to Erik Wemple of The Washington Post, Carlson's modus operandi is to blindside "his guests and keeping them from issuing fully formed answers", as well as making false statements that his guests are ill-prepared to refute.[3] When his guests object to his loaded questions, he'll keep badgering them for not answering his question and then declare victory because of this.

Feud with Jon Stewart[edit]

On October 15, 2004 Jon Stewart appeared on Crossfire and although he criticized the show as a whole, Carlson took it as a personal attack. Stewart attacked the show for sensationalizing political debate and failing to provide hard-hitting interviews with those they agree with, comparing it to professional wrestling. Carlson decided to engage in the tu quoque method of debate by pointing out that Stewart did not ask John Kerry tough questions. Stewart responded with: "You're on CNN! The show that leads into me is puppets making crank phone calls! What is wrong with you?"[4]

The show was cancelled a few months later with the president of CNN stating that he felt Stewart was right in his criticisms.[5] However, whether or not this is the real reason is still debatable. Rather pathetically, Carlson is still under the delusion he won the debate[6] and also has made claims such as that a Daily Show producer called him to say he was sorry and that Jon Stewart lectured the show's staff for over an hour. These claims have never been backed up and, given his history of dishonesty (see Keith Olbermann incident below), this leaves him open to skepticism.

Sexism[edit]

He appears to consider 1950s gender roles applicable in modern society, believing that the idea of a woman paying for her man's meals is "disgusting."[7] It should be noted that his attitudes may offend men as well since he does not consider statutory rape a crime if the victim is male and the perpetrator is female, further adding that it is "whiny" for the boys to report it.[8]

Assorted dickishness[edit]

  • During the weekend that Keith Olbermann was suspended from MSNBC he actually pretended to be Olbermann in a back-and-forth e-mail exchange with Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky. In the exchange, Carlson slandered Olbermann's boss.[9] It turns out that Carlson's right wing website The Daily Caller purchased the domain KeithOlbermann.com over the summer and Carlson's e-mail address there is "Keith@KeithOlbermann.com."[10]
  • On his MSNBC show, he also called Canadians "stalkers" and "like your retarded cousin". After the controversy he then went on the CBC program The Hour and gave an equally offensive non-apology.[11]
  • His insanity includes attacking his own network, Fox News, as anti-gun (no really!) for reporting the importance of gun safety around children.[12]
  • Like a lot of conservatives he is against affirmative action, abortion, and, … seat-belt laws.[13]
  • When interviewing a Washington state elector about his intention to urge electors to vote their conscience, Carlson engaged in an extremely disingenuous argument. Hold on to your hats and pay attention here: Carlson claimed that electors who wanted to support the candidate with the most popular votes rather than the one with the most electoral votes is against democracy. He was essentially arguing against his own (stupid) position, while making it seem like his guest was guilty of the same thing he is. Absolutely crazy spinning.[14]
  • He is known for his incomprehensible expression when he cannot understand basic science, and is a denier of the overwhelming evidence of global warming. Whenever he realizes that his opponent on the Republican-biased Fox News debate is making a valid point, he chortles in a failed attempt to try and undermine the scientific evidence, but deepens his reputation to further stupidity.[15]
  • He claimed that California is becoming a third world country (it's not) because of scary browns Latin American migrants.[16] He believes Mexico has interfered in American elections more successfully than Russia by "packing our electorate".[17]
  • As exemplified by the statement above, Tucker has a long and storied history of spouting out white nationalist rhetoric.[18]

Stopped clock[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Stopped clock

While he supported the Iraq War at first, he would later criticize it [19] and the Bush Administration in general.[20] He also supports same-sex marriage.[21] In August 2018, he dedicated a segment of his Fox News show to calling out Amazon, Walmart, and Uber for not paying workers a living wage (and thus, forcing taxpayers to pick up the slack instead), in weighing the benefits of the "Stop Bezos Act" proposed by Bernie Sanders and Ro Khanna.

However, these few moments of rationality (hee.) do not make up for his other flaws.

References[edit]

  1. Salon: Tucker Carlson’s downward spiral
  2. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/fox-news-tucker-carlson-bill-oreilly-1202313557/.
  3. The stupendously dishonest Tucker Carlson by Erik Wemple (February 15, 2017) The Washington Post.
  4. watch it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFQFB5YpDZE
  5. Howard Kurtz (January 6, 2004). "Carlson & 'Crossfire,' Exit Stage Left & Right". The Washington Post.
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhiBfmfP_tw
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN_LwBoVcDA
  8. no really
  9. Mirkinson, Jack. "Tucker Carlson Sent Emails Posing As Keith Olbermann", Huffington Post,
  10. "HOT DOCUMENT: Keith Olbermann vs. Stu Bykofsky
  11. some would consider this ironic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02_nC9B0vvU
  12. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/10/tucker-carlson-gun-safety-fox-news-friends-bathtub_n_5666262.html
  13. "Republican Convention: Tucker Carlson (washingtonpost.com)"
  14. http://youtu.be/PrAwgFj7ubc?t=6683
  15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I02LGkyhjFc
  16. http://www.businessinsider.com/tucker-carlson-california-third-world-country-latin-american-immigrants-2018-3
  17. Bump, Philip. Tucker Carlson identifies the actual threat to American democracy: Hispanic voters. Washington Post. July 17, 2018. (video clip)

    I don’t think Russia is our close friend or anything like that. I think of course they’re trying to interfere in our affairs. They have for a long time. Many countries do, some more successfully than Russia, like Mexico which is routinely interfering in our elections by packing our electorate.

  18. http://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2018/09/10/video-fox-news-tucker-carlson-echoes-white-nationalists-white-supremacists-and-neo-nazis/221260
  19. "LP: Newly Dovish, Tucker Carlson Goes Public (Tucker Carlson turns against the war)"
  20. "Republican Convention: Tucker Carlson (washingtonpost.com)"
  21. "'Tucker' for July 24 - Tucker - MSNBC.com"