Tucker Carlson

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—Upton Sinclair
Listening to that Fucker Carlson, I'd like to add that traffic lights have always seemed to me to be an infringement of my personal liberty, and that people's slavish obedience to them shows the alarming effect on individual freedoms brought by such socialist nanny-state measures.
—John Cleese's tweet from April 28th, 2021[1]

Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson (1969–) is an American white nationalist[2][3] and fascist[4] political commentator, propaganda-spewing news correspondent, Donald Trump supporter, TV dinner heir,[5] and noted jackasshole. He started his career as a semi-respectable journalist (though his open racism and homophobia was documented in college[6]), and has been sinking lower ever since.[7] He co-hosted the CNN political show Crossfire (until it was cancelled), the MSNBC show Tucker (until it was cancelled), and currently works for Fox News, taking sexual harasser Bill O'Reilly's prime-time spot, with his show Tucker Carlson Tonight,[8] also known as the White Power Hour.[9] He is also the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of the propaganda outlet The Daily Caller. Previously known for holding libertarian views on economic issues, he flipped to a faux-protectionist economic analysis in which he consistently blames immigrants for every problem in the US.[10]

Carlson is arguably fully fascist because he embraces several of the aspects of Robert Paxton's definition: obsession with community decline, humiliation, or victimhood, white nationalism, working the masses with less-than-uneasy collaboration with elites (specifically Rupert Murdoch, but he himself is an elite), and support for the anti-democratic violence of the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot.[4][11]:218

The "elites" are a frequent target of Carlson,[12] which is ironic, since who owns Fox? And it just shows how self-loathing he is. Carlson's father, Dick Carlson, was wealthy and politically-connected.[13] Carlson went to exclusive private schools. His father remarried the heir to the Swanson Enterprises fortune, which eventually made Carlson an heir to the fortune as well. Carlson's net wealth as of 2022 was estimated $420 million,[14] which puts him at the poorer end of the ruling class — remember that next time he tells you that the elites are oppressing you.

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 falsely claiming that his guests are ill-prepared to refute his arguments.[15] When his guests object to his loaded questions, he'll keep badgering them for not answering his question and then subsequently declare victory.

Crossfire debacle 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?"[16]

The show was cancelled a few months later with the president of CNN stating that he felt Stewart was right in his criticisms.[17] However, whether or not this is the real reason is still debatable. Rather pathetically, Carlson is still under the delusion he won the debate[18] 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."[19] 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.[20] He has attacked rape shield laws that protect the identity of victims, and he has defended pedophile Warren Jeffs.[21][22][23][24]

MediaMatters compiled disgusting comments over the years that Carlson made about women.

Toxic masculinity[edit]

A related recurring theme in Carlson's broadcasts is hyper-obsession with masculinity — or, at least, Carlson's definition of masculinity, a cartoonish projection of macho "strength", tough-guy swagger, misogyny, and an obsession that modern society (especially feminism) has devitalized American men and made them "weaker".[25] Similar hyper-masculine themes were common in World War II fascist regimes,[25] and are also common themes in the modern strongmen (or strongman-wannabe) authoritarian leaders Carlson admires, such as those of Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and Viktor Orbán.[26] Like others with this obsession, this may in part be a mask to cover for Carlson's fearful hatred of independent women.[27][28] This hatred was confirmed in an interview with Ben SmithWikipedia in July 2022 where he admitted that the archetype of the type of person he really hates is a "38-year-old female white lawyer with a barren personal life".[29]

Due to this, Carlson will be happy to promote people that share similar hyper-masculine misogynistic asshole qualities, regardless of their repulsiveness. For example, Carlson hosted the notoriously toxic manosphere grifter[30] Andrew TateWikipedia on his August 25 2022 show, shortly after he was banned from most social media. On Carlson's show, Tate wailed that he was being banned for what he called called flaunting "very traditional masculine values".[31] According to social media companies, the actual reason for the bans were due to "misogyny", "hate speech",[32] and "content that attacks, threatens, incites violence against, or otherwise dehumanizes an individual or a group".[33]

Also due to this, Carlson will go out of his way to make disparaging and baseless attacks on any organization as "woke" for the mere "offense" of having women in it. For example, in March 2021, Carlson went out of his way to complain about the United States military being "feminine" and a "mockery" simply for designing combat uniforms and body armor for women. These remarks were widely condemned by The Pentagon, veterans, and people in service, with many senior military leaders (among others) responding with praise for the women in military service, calling them "beacons of freedom" in contrast to Carlson's "divisive" rhetoric (which, of course, was based on "zero days of service in the armed forces").[34][35][36] Later, in December 2021, Carlson, having learned nothing, hosted a right-wing talk show airhead named Jesse Kelly, who insisted that "we don’t need a military that’s woman-friendly" and that "we can’t even get women off of naval vessels… that should be step one, but most of them are already pregnant anyway.”[37]

Carlson's peculiar brand of "masculinity" led to widespread mockery on social media when in April 2022, Carlson unveiled a trailer for an upcoming special for Fox's streaming service Fox Nation called The End of Men, with the premise concerning "the total collapse of testosterone levels in American men".[38] The trailer featured images of hunky shirtless men wrestling, tossing tires, and chopping wood. Such images were naturally widely considered unintentionally homoerotic by many commentators, including a definitive affirmation of such from George Takei.[39] The trailer also featured an unusual "treatment" for the supposed (unproven) "problem" of low testosterone: red light therapy, where for some reason you become an instant High-Testosterone Manly-Man by shining some red lights on your balls.[40] This bizarre "testicle tanning" broscience was widely mocked on social media as proof that Carlson had, indeed, gone completely nuts.[38][41]

Assorted dickishness[edit]

1991: Voted most likely to become asshole supreme
  • 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.[42] 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."[43]
  • His insanity includes attacking his own network, Fox News, as anti-gun (no really!) for reporting the importance of gun safety around children.[44]
  • Like a lot of conservatives he is against affirmative action, abortion, and, … seat-belt laws.[45]
  • 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 wanting 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.[46]
  • He is known for his uncomprehending 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 to undermine the scientific evidence but deepens his reputation to further stupidity.[47]
  • He referred to transgender people transitioning as "the act of a crazy person", and compared it to "setting your hair on fire or blinding yourself."[48]
  • He said of California's pro-LGBT curriculum "It sounds weird but California public schools could soon be required to teach kids about the sex lives of historical figures. It‘s all part of an effort to force kids to approve of homosexuality."[49]
  • In 2019, he attempted to re-ignite a culture war that was already (mostly) won by idiots like himself in the 1980s, keeping English units in the US instead of the metric system.[50]
  • Another example of Tucker not being a journalist on any level: he claims that some "damning, authentic" documents that are somehow the only documents to exist in one copy on Joe Biden's son Hunter has "disappeared in the mail". Sure, Tucker, we believe you.[51]
  • He casually engaged in JAQing off regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, speculating that "maybe it doesn't work".[52] Anthony FauciWikipedia responded by calling Carlson's blabbering "typical crazy conspiracy theory".[53] Carlson responded to Fauci with even more JAQing off regarding COVID-19 restrictions, showing a complete misunderstanding of the public health guidelines for fully vaccinated people at the time.[54] Carlson kept at it by cherry picking data and demonstrating that he did not understand the concepts of causality or control groups: if millions of people get the vaccine, of course some of them will die within a month but Carlson didn't think about comparing that group to people who weren't vaccinated.[55] He also compared businesses requiring people be vaccinated to "medical Jim Crow".[56]
  • Carlson has repeatedly invited antivaxxer/anti-masker Alex Berenson onto his show.[57] In 2021, Carlson urged people to call the police on parents who have children wearing facemasks.[58]
  • In late April 2021, Carlson went off on a hyperbolic rant regarding face masks. He first compared mask mandates as being the equivalent to living in North Korea for some reason. He then showed that, regardless of how angry he was at the mask mandates, he really doesn't mind authoritarianism all that much if it's Tucker Carlson style authoritarianism, by suggesting that parents who have their children wear face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic were actually committing child abuse, and encouraging all his viewers to call child protective services on these parents if they see this.[59][60] Tucker's opinions on whether masks actually work, meanwhile, change based on what the Democrats are saying about the subject.[61]
  • And to top it all off, Fox News, in late 2020, defended itself in a defamation lawsuit (brought by a former Trump mistress whom Carlson said was committing "a classic case of extortion") by arguing that Carlson cannot be trusted to provide accurate information on his show.[62]
  • He got mad at M&M's candy out of all things, for changing the attire of the "sexy" animated M&M's in commercials.[63]

Federal Crimes[edit]

  • Tucker Carlson has admitted to violating endangered species law by taking a feather from a bald eagle home with him after being explicitly told it was an illegal thing to do, he described his actions as ¨thrilling¨.[64] This infraction alone means he potentially faces 1 year in prison and a 100k fine.[65][66]

Racism and xenophobia[edit]

See the main articles on this topic: Racism and Xenophobia
Tucker Carlson is basically ‘Daily Stormer: The Show.’
—Daily Stormer post, August 24, 2018[5]

Carlson has a long and storied history of spouting out white nationalist rhetoric.[67]

  • His racism and extreme homophobia dates at least as far back to his 1991 college yearbook, where his biography listed "History, Christian Fellowship 1 2 3 4, Jesse Helms Foundation, Dan White Society".[6]:184 Dan White was the assassin of San Francisco City Councilmember and gay rights activist Harvey Milk.[68]
  • He claimed that California is becoming a third world country (it's not) because of Latin American migrants.[69] He believes Mexico has interfered in American elections more successfully than Russia by "packing our electorate".[70]
  • On his MSNBC show, he called Canadians "stalkers" and "like your retarded cousin". After the controversy, he went on the CBC program The Hour and gave an equally offensive non-apology.[71]
  • Three days after a white supremacist committed a mass shooting in El Paso,Wikipedia he dismissed white supremacy as "a hoax", "just like the Russia hoax".[note 1][72] (He then declared that he never "met anybody, not one person, who subscribes to white supremacy", suggesting that he hasn't looked in a mirror lately).[73]
  • He promoted the alt-right social media platform Gab on his show.[74]
  • He claimed Ilhan Omar was "living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country", citing "values are simply antithetical to ours."[75]
  • He called Iraqis "semiliterate primitive monkeys" and said that Afghanistan is never going to be a civilized country because the people aren't civilized."[76]
  • He promoted the racist/islamophobic/anti-semitic alt-right "The Great Replacement" theory on Fox News, both implicitly[77] and explicitly.[78] The Anti-Defamation League responded to this by, in a public letter to Fox News, calling for Carlson to be fired, citing multiple racist and bigoted incidents in the past.[79] Carlson responded to this criticism by doubling down on the racism and xenophobia, wailing that the Democratic party was "trying to replace the current electorate" with "more obedient voters from the Third World."[80]
  • Carlson claimed that George Floyd died of drug overdose.[81]

Due to Carlson's racism and other toxic dickish behavior, by April 2021, Carlson was too toxic for all but the sketchiest of advertisers (such as bullshit artists like Mike Lindell's MyPillow, and bogus nutritional supplement promoters), despite being (depressingly) the most-watched host in cable news at the time.[82]

Tucker Carlson, racist Kremlin propagandist[edit]

Like much of the far right and similar to his idol, Donald Trump, Carlson's white nationalism has fostered a bromance with Vladimir Putin, who also shares similar white nationalist views.[83] This has led Carlson, on occasion, to be somewhat out of step with other conservatives who were still more in the neoconservative camp (or other forms of conservatism that aren't quite so openly racist), and still considered Russia America's number one geopolitical foe, as Mitt Romney notably did in 2012.[84]

Throughout late 2021 and early 2022, Tucker Carlson publicly supported the idea of Russia invading Ukraine and criticized US support to help Ukraine's defenses (obviously, Carlson was unconcerned about innocent people dying).[85] Helping defend Ukraine against a potential Russian invasion was one of the few issues in 2022 that attracted bipartisan support from most Republicans and Democrats. Carlson, however, was opposed to any sort of assistance, preferring instead to defend Putin's aggression against Ukraine by regurgitating Kremlin propaganda.[86]

For instance, when Republican representative Mike TurnerWikipedia appeared on Carlson's show in November 2021 and defended assistance to Ukraine, citing the "strategic importance" and the need to defend democracy, Carlson countered by openly wondering "why wouldn’t we be on Russia’s side?" To explain this stance, Carlson cited Russia's energy reserves (perhaps hinting at the threat of Russia cutting off natural gas to Europe),[87] insinuated that Russia for some reason would help counterbalance "the actual threat, which is China", and wondered why military troops weren't being used instead for an issue of vastly more importance to Carlson: closing the US-Mexico border.[88] Later, Carlson created a conspiracy theory that US defense contractors were the real people behind the crisis, building a bizarre narrative based on a single quote cherry-picked from a Biden press conference concerning shortages and geopolitical concerns on a completely unrelated topic, semiconductors.[89][90] In another show, Tucker ranted that all of the pundits and politicians who were demanding strong action from the Biden administration (from Joe Scarborough to Bill Kristol to Dan CrenshawWikipedia to Adam SchiffWikipedia) were just "pathetic" "Twitter trolls" spewing "ad hominem" attacks against his other idol, Vladimir Putin (in the same opening segment where he complained about people saying mean things about Putin, Carlson demonstrated his vapid geopolitical knowledge when he insinuated that no one knew what NATO is).[91]

This created a small rift in the bipartisan consensus on Ukraine when a few of the more extremist and not-so-bright Republican representatives (such as insurrection supporters Lauren Boebert, Paul Gosar, and Marjorie Taylor Greene) migrated towards Carlson's viewpoint.[92]

Later, the day after a major development in the Ukraine situation — where Putin declared two regions of Ukraine to be "independent states", bizarrely asserted that the regions were no longer part of Ukraine, and authorized Russian forces to be deployed to the region as "peacekeepers"[93] — Carlson went out of his way to defend Putin. During the rant, Carlson embraced culture war whataboutism tactics to try and assert that Putin was really a swell guy ("Has Putin ever called me a racist?... Did he manufacture a worldwide pandemic that wrecked my business and kept me indoors for two years?"), quote mined remarks from Kamala Harris made at the 2022 Munich Security ConferenceWikipedia[94] and used them to insinuate that her completely understandable remarks regarding NATO and Ukraine were somehow completely incomprehensible and asserted that everyone should love Putin because if you don't, energy prices will go up.[95]

Carlson's pro-Kremlin viewpoints on Ukraine in 2022 are, of course, nothing new. Carlson had previously exclaimed "why shouldn't I root for Russia? Which, by the way, I am." in a November 2019 show, in regards to Russia's long armed conflict with Ukraine's democracy.[96]

Carlson has also had no qualms in borrowing one of the favorite Soviet/Russian propaganda tactics, whataboutism, as an "argument" technique. In a 2017 interview with Bill O'Reilly, O'Reilly called Putin a killer. Carlson defended Putin by saying "we got a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?"[86]

Russian media were delighted to find such a prominent useful idiot and frequently broadcast Carlson's Russian propaganda after it was aired.[97]

Tucker Carlson, antisemitic authoritarian asshat[edit]

Russia is not the only authoritarian government that Carlson has formed a bromance with.

In January 2018, the government of Hungary, led by Viktor Orbán, passed Bill T/333.[98] This bill, framed as the "STOP Soros" act due to Orban's obsession with the billionaire philanthropist, criminalized the activity of providing assistance for asylum seekers. Widely condemned by human rights organizations,[99] the bill was loaded with the type of nativist xenophobia and strong whiffs of authoritarianism that appeals to many of Orbán's voters.[100]

As Carlson (and his audience) is no stranger to xenophobia and authoritarianism, it is no surprise that Carlson also ended up idolizing Orbán. In late January 2022, Carlson created a documentary for the streaming service Fox Nation called Hungary vs. Soros. There, he created propaganda straight from Orbán's playbook, depicting Hungary as a traditional conservative Christian paradise, and applauding Orbán's strict immigration policies (no matter how dehumanizing they were). Unusually, Carlson was even allowed to visit Hungary's southern border fence, and he actually was able to interview Orbán — practices normally not allowed to media outlets not known to be an Orbán lapdog. Naturally, Soros ended up being the boogeyman of the documentary, which used standard propaganda documentary tricks (black and white imagery, ominous music) to complain that Soros was trying to force a liberal, globalist, open-borders agenda onto Hungarian society.[101][102] Another recurring visual motif in the documentary is a supposed contrast between chaotic, scary footage of non-white migrants and tranquil images of happy, white families, as well as an underlying concern over white demographic decline.[103]

A few Hungarians who responded with a review of Carlson's "documentary" noted how similar Carlson's propaganda was to Orbán's, which was widespread and well known in Hungary. Thus (similar to Carlson's bromance with Putin) Carlson was basically acting as a useful idiot in creating propaganda that suited Orbán's agenda. Unsurprisingly, the pro-Orbán television channel HírTVWikipedia aired Carlson's documentary just a couple weeks after the documentary premiered on Fox Nation.[101][102] Other reviewers commented on the racism that underpinned the documentary. For instance, one reviewer thought that the documentary could easily be summarized by taking the white nationalist phrases of the "14 Words" and swap "Hungarian" for "white".[103] Several reviewers, not to mention activist organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, also commented that Carlson's framing of Soros as a shadowy puppet master was, simply put, a nasty antisemitic trope.[104]

Carlson, of course, has endorsed other authoritarian governments when it conveniently fits his narrative. In September 2021, Tucker praised the Chinese government as "virtuous" for intervening in its citizens' private lives and placing restrictions on gaming and celebrity culture and argued that the Biden administration should do the same. This is in spite of him attacking the CDC for promoting COVID-19 vaccinations and restrictions.[105]

Of course, Carlson doesn't see anything wrong with the behavior of governments like Putin or Orbán. Instead, Carlson prefers to assign authoritarian labels to leaders of democracies. For instance, in the wake of the 2022 Canada convoy protestWikipedia, Carlson declared "there's no more fearful despot in the world" that is more dictatorial than... Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.[106] Additionally, in February 2022, Carlson insinuated that Ukraine president Volodymyr ZelenskyWikipedia, who was elected in April 2019 with 73% of the vote,[107] was "a dictator who’s friends with everyone in Washington", instead of the leader of a fledgling democracy that was being threatened by Carlson's authoritarian bud Putin.[108]

Tucker Carlson, double agent[edit]

It was revealed in June 2021 that not only is Carlson is a frequent source for journalists of unflattering material about Trump, but that he is also a primary source for Fox News' internal politics.[109] Playing both sides like this not only makes Carlson a hypocrite, but feeding internal politics on the down-low to journalists ("cringing animals who are not worthy of respect", as Carlson calls them) is the kind of thing that gets an ordinary person fired for violating the non-disclosure agreement.

Tucker Carlson, insurrection cheerleader[edit]

See the main article on this topic: 2021 U.S. Capitol riot

Tucker Carlson has frequently defended the perpetrators of the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot. Carlson's general tactic on the issue has been to engage in gaslighting in order to downplay the nature of the violent, anti-democratic insurrection attempt. On his show's alternate reality, the insurrection attempt really is an event where "many of [the indicted individuals] did nothing wrong" and the mob (which had members of groups like the Proud Boys in it, and waved Confederate flags) "wasn’t an armed invasion by a brigade of dangerous white supremacists."[110] Individuals with clear violent intent, such as Eric Munchel (who stormed the Capitol in tactical gear, carrying disposable handcuffs), were referred to as merely someone who "just walked into what we used to refer to as ‘The People’s House’" whose "only crime was trespassing in the Capitol".[111] Naturally, according to Carlson, the fault for any viewpoint grounded in reality (that is, this was a violent insurrection attempt) lies with social media.[112]

Carlson hasn't hesitated to also use the racism so prevalent on his show to bizarrely downplay the riot, either. In later April 2021, after Joe Biden gave a speech obliquely referring to the riot as the "worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War", Carlson responded by saying that the worst attack on democracy in 160 years actually was the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965Wikipedia, because "the law completely changed the composition of America's voter rolls, purely to benefit the Democratic Party."[113]

On multiple occasions, Carlson even has alluded to the riot being a supposed false flag, infiltrated by an "agent provocateur" who was there to make Donald Trump look bad "for reasons we cannot comprehend". Of course, one of the accused "agent provocateurs" clearly documented (via his Facebook posts) not only his full willing participation in the riot, but also how much he loved Donald Trump, how much he believed Trump's "Big Lie", and how much he loved Carlson's show.[114] In another instance, Carlson's argument for the riot being "organized at least in part by government agents" was based on a bizarre interpretation of an early indictment of one of the participants, Thomas Caldwell (an Oath Keeper who has frequently appeared on Carlson's show).[115]

On November 2021, Carlson made a pseudohistorical schlockumentary on the insurrection, called "Patriot Purge", that added further crazy claims to support his notion that the Capitol Attack was a false flag to take ‘way err reigghts!!!!!![116] This special pissed off Jonah Goldberg (along with his business partner, Stephen Hayes) enough to sever all ties with the Fox News network.[117]

One year after the riot in 2022, Carlson's power over the Republican party was demonstrated when Ted Cruz had to beg Carlson for forgiveness and walk back his words after calling the riot participants who attacked Capitol police terrorists.[118] According to Carlson, actually denouncing the violence that occurred at the insurrection like Cruz did was scandalously "repeating the talking points" of the Biden administration, and such made Carlson's audience feel that the Republican party was "worthless" for not fully embracing Carlson's gaslighting and conspiracy theories.[119]

On January 13, 2022, 11 Oath Keepers were charged with seditious conspiracy for not only merely participating in the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot but allegedly actively plotting to undermine the lawful transfer of presidential power by force. On January 14, 2022, one of the accused Oath Keepers, Thomas Caldwell, once again appeared on Carlson's program. Carlson downplayed Caldwell as a "senior citizen who walks with a cane", a "devout Christian", and a "thoroughly loyal American."[120][121]

We pause now for a few moments of not being a dick[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Stopped clock

While he supported the Iraq War at first, he would later criticize it[122] and the Bush Administration in general.[123] He also supports same-sex marriage.[124] 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. He has also been strongly critical of the Trump administration's attempts to start a war with Iran.

Follow the money[edit]

It works by you taking (the Koch family's) money, it's as simple as that. You are a millionaire funded by billionaires, that's what you are.
—Dutch historian Rutger BregmanWikipedia, in an interview for Tucker Carlson Tonight that Carlson refused to air[125]

Many journalists who have followed the career of Carlson have asked, what happened to the serious reporter of the 1990s, who still believed in integrity and, while conservative, wouldn't hesitate to take potshots at George W. Bush in the Weekly StandardWikipedia?[126]

In 2009, when Carlson still had a shred of credibility left, Carlson gave a speech at CPACWikipedia. During the speech, he defended accuracy in reporting news and felt that there was a need for more conservative news organizations with the accuracy and integrity of newspapers like the New York Times. The mere suggestion that accuracy in reporting was a good thing was met with a chorus of boos.[127] Perhaps this was the point when he realized that the profitable side of conservative "news" really wasn't in actual factual reporting. Instead, the real money was in the Rush Limbaugh-pioneered style of outrage, where shock-jock verbal stunts (accuracy be damned) were combined with "good old days" jingoism about "real Americans." Historically, after all, it certainly has been very profitable in America to bash the "elite", portray oneself as an underdog, and babble about conspiracy theories.[128] (The fact that, as someone whose mother is a heir to the SwansonWikipedia frozen dinner fortune, Carlson is part of the elite is irrelevant to the target audience.)[5]

It's not like there wasn't a little bit of the Carlson white grievance demagogue in the past, when he was doing things like writing stories in EsquireWikipedia that all but accused Al Sharpton of reverse racism.[5] But his stint at the Daily Caller (where Carlson followed in Breitbart's footsteps and devolved the Caller into truthiness and bullshit for the future Donald Trump-worshiping crowd)[129] and maybe a few appearances in the 2000s on a radio program run by a shock jock named Bubba the Love SpongeWikipedia seemed to have taught Carlson that there was no need to bother with difficult elements of journalism such as "facts" and "accuracy", especially when outrage is such a profitable enterprise.[130] And so, Carlson set out on his path to lie and shock all the way up to the highest viewership of any cable news show in US history.[131][132]

As stated by Republican speechwriter Michael GersonWikipedia in a Washington Post op-ed, Carlson provides his audience with "mass-marketed racism", sophisticated sounding (but intellectually empty) "rationales for their worst, most prejudicial instincts."[133] Even if mainstream advertisers flee Carlson's program due to the content, this type of message is depressingly popular with a lot of Americans, which translates into high TV ratings.[134] And as long as Rupert Murdoch, the puppeteer pulling Carlson's strings,[135] thinks that Carlson's political shock jock performance is both good for Fox News's business and good for the businesses aligned with the Republican Party (businesses that, say, certainly approve if Carlson inserts a rant against climate change in the middle of his white grievance spiel),[136] Carlson's racist conspiracy theory-promoting shitshow will continue.[137]

Notes[edit]

  1. Referring to the influence of Russia on American elections, a topic Tucker Carlson has dismissed as a lie quite often… despite all the evidence to the contrary.

References[edit]

  1. https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:eNhHK0r95LAJ:https://twitter.com/johncleese/status/1387377907111284737+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca
  2. Unearthed audio shows Tucker Carlson using white nationalist rhetoric and making racist remarks by Madeline Peltz (March 11, 2019 8:01 PM EDT) Media Matters for America.
  3. Fox News host Tucker Carlson uses racist, homophobic language in second set of recordings by Michael Brice-Saddler & Eli Rosenberg (March 11 at 9:41 PM) The Washington Post.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tucker Carlson Justifies the Idea of a Full-Blown Fascist Takeover: The Fox News host and a guest somehow conclude that failing to lock up Hunter Biden may contribute to Americans choosing to live under fascism in 10 to 20 years. by Caleb Ecarma (March 26, 2021) Vanity Fair.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "The mystery of Tucker Carlson" by Lyz Lenz, Columbia Journalism Review, 2018 September 5
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ivy (1991) Trinity College.
  7. Salon: Tucker Carlson’s downward spiral
  8. https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/fox-news-tucker-carlson-bill-oreilly-1202313557/.
  9. Tucker Carlson Leans Into White-Power Hour, Promotes Racist Replacement Theory by Caleb Ecarma (April 9, 2021) Vanity Fair.
  10. Tucker Carlson said immigration makes America 'dirtier.' So an advertiser took action. by Erik Wemple (Dec. 15, 2018 at 10:24 a.m. PST) The Washington Post.
  11. Paxton, Robert O. The Anatomy of Fascism. (2005) Knopf. ISBN 1400040949.
  12. Why Tucker Carlson pretends to hate elites: Why an “out-of-the-closet elitist” rails against the “ruling class.” by Carlos Maza (Apr 3, 2019, 6:10pm EDT) Vox.
  13. See the Wikipedia article on Dick Carlson.
  14. Tucker Carlson Net Worth $420 Million (Forbes 2022) Salary Inheritance Fox News by Federick Brown (April 28, 2022) CAknowledge.com (archived from June 4, 2022).
  15. The stupendously dishonest Tucker Carlson by Erik Wemple (February 15, 2017) The Washington Post.
  16. watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFQFB5YpDZE
  17. Howard Kurtz (January 6, 2004). "Carlson & 'Crossfire,' Exit Stage Left & Right". The Washington Post.
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhiBfmfP_tw
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN_LwBoVcDA
  20. no really
  21. Tucker Carlson unapologetic over ‘misogynistic’ comments on statutory rape, insults against women by Allyson Chiu (March 11, 2019 at 4:42 AM) The Washington Post.
  22. Tucker Carlson Refuses to Apologize for ‘Naughty’ Past Comments About Statutory Rape, ‘C–ty’ Women by Rosemary Rossi (March 10, 2019 @ 7:46 PM) Media Matters for America.
  23. Media Matters Teases Release of ‘Vile’ Tucker Carlson Tapes Focused on ‘Race and Ethnicity’ by Jon Levine (March 11, 2019 @ 7:35 AM Last Updated: March 11, 2019 @ 7:36 AM) Media Matters for America.
  24. In unearthed audio, Tucker Carlson makes numerous misogynistic and perverted comments: During interviews on Bubba The Love Sponge, Carlson said he "love[s" the idea of young girls sexually experimenting, used sexist terms to refer to a number of women, and defended statutory rape] by Madeline Peltz (March 10, 2019 7:00 PM EDT) Media Matters for America.
  25. 25.0 25.1 "Tucker Carlson pulls from an old playbook as he stokes anxiety about a masculinity crisis" by Conor Heffernan, The Conversation, 2022 May 12
  26. "It’s A Man’s World: The Worrying Trend of Hyper-Masculinity in World Leaders" by Rebecka Eriksdotter Pieder, McGill International Review, 2018 November 13
  27. "Fox News' Tucker Carlson: Women Refuse To Marry Men Making Less Money, Feminism Has Negative Side Effects" by Benjamin Fearnow, Newsweek, 2019 January 3
  28. "Tucker Carlson's greatest fear" by Ana Marie Cox, NBC News, 2022 July 10
  29. "Tucker Carlson admits he hates white liberal women more than anything: ‘I’m not mad at Black people’" by John Bowden, Independent, 2022 July 7
  30. "Why Andrew Tate Has Been Banned From Social Media" by Daniel Van Boom, CNet, 2022 September 4
  31. "Andrew Tate Complains That ‘Traditional Masculine Values’ Got Him Banned From Internet Platforms" by Todd Spangler, Variety, 2022 August 26
  32. "Why Social Media Sites Are Removing Andrew Tate’s Accounts" by Amanda Holpuch, New York Times, 2022 August 24
  33. "Andrew Tate Has Finally Been Banned From TikTok" by Olivia Luppino, The Cut, 2022 August 22
  34. "Tucker Carlson slammed by military leaders for mocking pregnant service members" by Doha Madani, NBC News, 2021 March 11
  35. "The Pentagon condemns Tucker Carlson’s sexist remarks about women in the military." by John Ismay, New York Times, 2021 June 21
  36. "Pentagon and senior members of military call out Tucker Carlson for mocking women serving in armed forces: His words 'don't reflect our values'" by Oliver Darcy and Barbara Starr, CNN, 2021 March 12
  37. "Sexist Fox News Guest Whines About Women, Gays Serving in Military" by Zachary Petrizzo, Daily Beast, 2021 December 18
  38. 38.0 38.1 "Tucker Carlson’s new documentary on testosterone levels mocked for ‘homoeroticism’ and ‘testicle tanning’ segment" by Johanna Chisholm, Independent, 2022 April 18
  39. "Can Tucker Carlson’s Bizarrely Beefy ‘End of Men’ Teaser Be Real?" by Ian Spiegelman, LA Mag, 2022 April 18
  40. "Tucker Carlson Has a Cure for Declining Virility" by Gina Kolata, New York Times, 2022 April 22
  41. "Tucker Carlson Goes Nuts For 'Testicle Tanning' And The Internet Has Questions" by Jazmin Tolliver, Huffington Post, 2022 April 18
  42. Mirkinson, Jack. "Tucker Carlson Sent Emails Posing As Keith Olbermann", Huffington Post,
  43. "HOT DOCUMENT: Keith Olbermann vs. Stu Bykofsky
  44. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/10/tucker-carlson-gun-safety-fox-news-friends-bathtub_n_5666262.html
  45. "Republican Convention: Tucker Carlson (washingtonpost.com)"
  46. https://youtu.be/PrAwgFj7ubc?t=6683
  47. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I02LGkyhjFc
  48. 'The Situation with Tucker Carlson' for February 23 NBC News. 2/24/2006.
  49. 'The Situation with Tucker Carlson' for April 11 NBC News. 4/12/2006.
  50. Video: Fox Host Tucker Carlson Attacks 'Inelegant, Creepy' Metric System that the U.S. Alone Has Resisted by Shane Croucher (6/6/19 at 5:12 AM EDT) Newsweek.
  51. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/oct/29/fox-news-tucker-carlson-mocked-for-lost-in-the-mail-biden-documents-claim
  52. "Tucker Carlson Casually Suggests to Viewers Maybe Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Doesn’t Work and They’re Simply Not Telling You That’" by Josh Feldman, Mediaite, 2021 April 13
  53. "Dr. Fauci Dismisses Tucker Carlson’s Suggestion that Vaccines Don’t Work: ‘Just a Typical Crazy Conspiracy Theory’" by Colby Hall, Mediaite, 2021 April 14
  54. "Tucker Carlson Responds to Fauci Slamming Him for ‘Crazy Conspiracy Theory’" by Josh Feldman, Mediaite, 2021 April 14
  55. Tucker Carlson’s worst vaccine segment yet by Aaron Blake (May 6, 2021 at 6:55 a.m. PDT) The Washington Post.
  56. Tucker Carlson: Businesses Requiring People Be Vaccinated Is 'Medical Jim Crow'
  57. Tucker Carlson airs his most dishonest and dangerous pandemic segment yet by Philip Bump (January 26, 2022) The Washington Post.
  58. Tucker Carlson’s latest idiocy on masks is dangerous and hypocritical even by his usual standards by Margaret Sullivan (April 27, 2021 at 11:47 a.m. EDT) The Washington Post.
  59. "Tucker Carlson, Who Shouldn’t Be Allowed Within 2,000 Feet of Playgrounds, Tells Viewers to Call Child Protective Services on People Whose Kids Wear Masks" by Bess Levin, Vanity Fair, 2021 April 27
  60. "Tucker Carlson, Unmasked: The self-styled champion of individual liberty wants you to call government agents to punish Americans for their parenting." by David A. Graham, Atlantic, 2021 April 27
  61. Tucker Carlson Keeps Flipping His Opinion On Masks
  62. Judge Rules Fox News' Tucker Carlson is Not a Credible Source of News (5 Sept 2020, 6:28 AM) Slate
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  64. https://www.sunjournal.com/2020/11/10/tucker-carlson-exposed-his-life-in-bryant-pond-in-a-2018-newspaper-column/
  65. https://www.fws.gov/law/migratory-bird-treaty-act-1918
  66. https://www.kwch.com/content/news/Taking-an-eagles-feather-could-get-you-a-100000-fine-and-a-year-in-jail-490671881.html#:~:text=According%20to%20federal%20law%2C%20it's,and%20a%20year%20in%20jail.
  67. https://beta.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2018/12/18/advertisers-flee-tucker-carlson-brands-himself-mr-dirtier/?outputType=amp
  68. S.F.’s Harvey Milk Democratic Club has two words for Tucker Carlson by Tony Bravo (April 25, 2021Updated: April 26, 2021, 12:43 am) The San Francisco Chronicle.
  69. http://www.businessinsider.com/tucker-carlson-california-third-world-country-latin-american-immigrants-2018-3
  70. 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.

  71. some would consider this ironic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02_nC9B0vvU
  72. https://www.thedailybeast.com/tucker-carlson-white-supremacy-is-a-hoax-and-not-a-real-problem-in-america
  73. https://www.mediamatters.org/tucker-carlson/tucker-carlsons-descent-white-supremacy-timeline
  74. https://thinkprogress.org/tucker-carlson-promotes-white-nationalist-social-media-site-f5d1bb156d1d/
  75. "Tucker Carlson: “Ilhan Omar is living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country” by Media Matters Staff, Media Matters, 2019 July 9
  76. Unearthed audio shows Tucker Carlson using white nationalist rhetoric and making racist remarks by Madeline Peltz (03/11/19 8:01 PM EDT) Media Matters for America.
  77. Tucker Carlson, the face of Fox News, just gave his full endorsement to the white nationalist conspiracy theory that has motivated mass shootings by Nikki McCann Ramirez (04/09/21 10:35 AM EDT) Media Matters for America.
  78. Why Tucker Carlson’s recent embrace of ‘great replacement’ is different by Philip Bump (July 20, 2022 at 3:31 p.m. EDT) The Washington Post.
  79. "ADL Letter to Fox News Condemns Tucker Carlson's Impassioned Defense of "Great Replacement Theory", Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO of the ADL, letter to Fox News
  80. "Fox News star Tucker Carlson's 'great replacement' segment used a new frame for an old fear" by Casey Michel, NBC News, 2021 April 12
  81. Tucker Carlson Says George Floyd Died of Drug Overdose in Video Watched 3 Million Times
  82. "Column: The Tucker Carlson mystery — how does his show survive without major advertisers?" by Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 2021 April 30
  83. "It’s not just Tucker Carlson. The right’s soft spot for Putin is also well documented." by Ja'han Jones, MSNBC, 2022 January 21
  84. "Mitt Romney: Russia Is 'Our Number One Geopolitical Foe'" by Luke Johnson, Huffington Post, 2012 March 26
  85. Yahoo News
  86. 86.0 86.1 "Tucker Carlson Is America’s Most Watched Kremlin Propagandist" by William Saletan, Slate, 2021 December 10
  87. "US finalizing plans to divert gas to Europe if Russia cuts off supply" by Julian Borger, Guardian, 2022 January 25
  88. "Tucker Carlson: ‘Why Would We Take Ukraine’s Side and Not Russia’s?’" by Justin Baragona, Daily Beast, 2021 November 10
  89. "Tucker Carlson: We're moving closer to war with Russia", transcript of "Tucker Carlson Tonight", Fox News, January 21 2022
  90. "Remarks by President Biden On Increasing the Supply of Semiconductors And Rebuilding Our Supply Chains", press conference transcript, 2022 January 21
  91. "Tucker Carlson: Our attention to Ukraine drives Russia into alliance with the Chinese government", Tucker Carlson Tonight transcript, 2022 January 20
  92. "Republican Rift on Ukraine Could Undercut U.S. Appeals to Allies" by Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, 2022 January 26
  93. "Remarks by President Biden Announcing Response to Russian Actions in Ukraine", Joe Biden White House speech, 2022 February 22
  94. "Remarks by Vice President Harris in Press Gaggle", White House Speeches and Remarks, 2022 February 20
  95. "Tucker Carlson: Americans have been trained to hate Putin, and will suffer because of it", Tucker Carlson, Fox News, 2022 February 23
  96. "Tucker Carlson’s defense of Russia takes “America First” to its logical conclusion" by Aaron Rupar, Vox, 2019 November 26
  97. "How Tucker Carlson Is Boosting Russia’s New Propaganda War" by Julia Davis, Daily Beast, 2021 December 30
  98. "Bill No. T/333 amending certain laws relating to measures to combat illegal immigration" by Dr. Sándor Pintér, Minister of the Interior, unofficial translation provided by the Hungarian Helsinki CommitteeWikipedia, May 2018, Budapest
  99. "Hungary Passes 'Stop Soros' Laws, Bans Aid To Undocumented Immigrants" by Vanessa Romo, NPR, 2018 June 20
  100. "Hungary just passed a “Stop Soros” law that makes it illegal to help undocumented migrants" by Zack Beauchamp, Vox, 2018 June 22
  101. 101.0 101.1 "What It’s Like to Have Tucker Carlson Praise Your Country’s Authoritarian Leader" by Jack Crosbie, Rolling Stone, 2022 January 29
  102. 102.0 102.1 "Tucker Carlson Has Become Obsessed With Hungary. Here’s What He Doesn’t Understand." by VIKTÓRIA SERDÜLT, Politico, 2022 February 1
  103. 103.0 103.1 "Why Tucker Carlson’s special on Hungary and Soros matters" by Zack Beauchamp, Vox, 2022 January 29
  104. "Tucker Carlson film on George Soros is his latest antisemitic dog-whistle" by Adam Gabbatt, Guardian, 2022 February 4
  105. Tucker Carlson praised the Chinese government for doing 'something virtuous' with its new restrictions on gaming and celebrity fandoms. Yahoo News, September 2, 2021
  106. "Tucker Carlson: There's no more fearful despot than Canada's Prime Minister" by Tucker Carlson, Fox News, 2022 January 31
  107. "Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky wins presidency by landslide", BBC News, 2019 April 22
  108. "Tucker Carlson Claims Ukraine Is ‘Run By Dictator Who’s Friends With Everyone in Washington’" by Kipp Jones, Mediaite, 2022 February 14
  109. Tucker Carlson Calls Journalists ‘Animals.’ He’s Also Their Best Source. His platform on Fox News made him a big player in Donald Trump’s circle. Off camera, he shapes the coverage of Trump’s world and Fox’s own internal politics. by Ben Smith (Published June 20, 2021; Updated June 21, 2021, 9:30 a.m. ET) The New York Times.
  110. "Opinion: Tucker Carlson: Capitol riot wasn’t racist! FBI: Uh, wrong." by Erik Wemple, Washington Post, 2021 March 5
  111. "Tucker Carlson slammed for ‘full-throated’ defence of Capitol rioters including ‘zip tie guy’" by Gustaf Kilander, Independent, 2021 April 07
  112. Tucker: Did Dorsey admit Twitter's role in Capitol riot?
  113. "Tucker Carlson: “The worst attack on our democracy in 160 years? How about the Immigration Act of 1965?”" by Media Matters Staff, Media Matters, 2021 April 29
  114. "Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 'Agent Provocateur' Is A Big Tucker Fan And An Amateur Cardinals Mascot" by Ryan J. Reilly, Huffington Post, 2021 December 9
  115. "Tucker Carlson and the desperate, shoddy search for Jan. 6 ‘provocateurs’" by Aaron Blake, Washington Post, 2021 December 10
  116. "Tucker Carlson’s ‘Patriot Purge’ Is Too Crazy to Believe — and Too Dangerous to Ignore" by Jason Stanley, Rolling Stone, 20201 November 2
  117. "Two Fox News Contributors Quit in Protest of Tucker Carlson’s Jan. 6 Special" by Ben Smith, New York Times, 2021 November 21
  118. "Ted Cruz Begs Tucker Carlson’s Forgiveness for Being Mean to Violent Insurrectionists" by Jonathan Chiat, NYMag, 2022 January 6
  119. "Tucker Carlson mocks Ted Cruz, Republicans for saying Jan. 6 was a ‘violent terrorist attack’" by Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 2022 January 6
  120. "Tucker Carlson has history of promoting Oath Keepers member who faces Capitol riot sedition charges" by Meaghan Ellis, Salon, 2022 January 15
  121. "Tucker Carlson praises alleged Oath Keeper charged with sedition as “a thoroughly loyal American”", Media Matters staf, Media Matters, 2022 January 14
  122. "LP: Newly Dovish, Tucker Carlson Goes Public (Tucker Carlson turns against the war)"
  123. "Republican Convention: Tucker Carlson (washingtonpost.com)"
  124. "'Tucker' for July 24 - Tucker - MSNBC.com"
  125. "Behold the Tucker Carlson Interview Where He Got Owned So Bad He Refused to Air It" by Jack Holmes, Esquire, 2019 February 20
  126. "The Opinionated Journalist" by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post, 1999 August 17
  127. "Tucker Carlson Is Hurting America Again" by Conor Friedersdorf, Atlantic, 2018 June 20
  128. "How the right became addicted to conspiracies" by Nicole Hemmer, Washington Post, 2018 July 18
  129. "The Great Right Hype" by Joel Meares, Columbia Journalism Review, 2011 July/August
  130. "How Tucker Carlson Lost It" by Alex Shephard, New Republic, 2021 September 16
  131. "Fox News host Tucker Carlson tells interviewer: ‘I lie’" by Martin Pengelly, Guardian, 2021 September 14
  132. "Why Tucker Carlson is too big for Fox News to cancel" by Jake Lahut, Business Insider, 2021 April 28
  133. "Tucker Carlson shows what mass-marketed racism looks like" by Michael Gerson, Washington Post, 2021 April 12
  134. "Why Fox News Pays A Price To Stick By Tucker Carlson" by Jonathan Berr, Forbes, 2020 August 29
  135. "Tucker Carlson on Rupert Murdoch in 2010 Radio Segment: 'I'm 100 Percent His Bitch'" by Aida Chavez, Intercept, 2019 March 12
  136. "Tucker Carlson Thinks Climate Change Is a Conspiracy to Shrink Your Kids" by Dharna Noor, Gizmodo, 2021 June 23
  137. "Fox News Thinks Tucker Carlson Is Still Good for Business" by Timothy L. O'Brien, Bloomberg Opinion, 2021 April 21