The Trump Insurrection of 2021 has resulted in the deaths of five Americans – so far. And the violent invasion of Congress as it attempted to perform its constitutional duties left many more injured. But equally disturbing is the stain it left on the fragile fabric of democracy. And yet, Donald Trump – who professed his love for the terrorists – continues to ignore the consequences and evade accountability.
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One of the reasons that Trump gets away with his atrocities is that he has the unflinching support of right-wing media, especially Fox News. The network acts as Trump’s de facto Ministry of Propaganda, and it’s top hosts have shamelessly glorified him (and still do), no matter how appalling his actions or grotesque his behavior.
Chief among the contingent of Fox News Trump-fluffers is Tucker Carlson. And he is anxious to cement his kneeling position in the wake of the Trump Insurrection. On Friday night’s episode of his White Nationalist Hour (video below), Carlson launched a pity party by whining that it is Fox News that is under attack by media foes that he simultaneously says are weak and irrelevant. “This morning,” Carlson whined, “CNN announced that it is working to force the Fox News Channel off the air and run this company out of business.” Poor baby. He is plainly distraught and perhaps suffering from PTSD (Post-Trump Sedition Disorder). His hysterical tirade continued…
“CNN staffers have already contacted the six major cable carriers in this country – those are the companies that carry our signal into your home – and pressured them to drop Fox News. Why? On the pretext that this show and others is directly responsible for the violence at the U.S. capitol this week. ‘It is time,’ CNN announced, quote ‘that TV carriers face questions for lending their platforms to dishonest companies that profit off of disinformation and conspiracy theories. So here you have a news company calling for censorship. You have a TV network demanding that media conglomerates ban its competitor.”
That grumbling of grievances was, of course, just another litany of lies. CNN never pressured cable companies to drop Fox News. They never called for censorship. They never demanded that Fox News, or any other media outlet be banned. That was all invented in Carlson’s biased, paranoid, and wildly overactive imagination. And from that warped perspective he launched a bizarre and infantile fantasy that featured CNN’s CEO Jeff Zucker, whom he called “CNN’s blustery little dwarf king” and described as “sitting on the tiny throne in his apartment, feet dangling just above the floor, watching Fox News and getting angrier and angrier.” [NOTE: That last part sounded more like a description of Trump]. You really have to wonder how Carlson, whose emotional maturity is pre-toddler, got a primetime show on television. Although his landing on Fox News followed being fired by PBS, CNN, and MSNBC.
Carlson went on to chastise CNN’s Brianna Keilar’s reporting on the Trump Terrorists in Washington. He literally laughs at the description of them as “insurrectionists,” and mocks their vandalism and assault on police officers as they sought to disrupt the congressional certification of the election. He took particular offense at her reference to his show and his personal culpability for the environment that produced the seditious rioters.
Naturally Carlson, a flaming white supremacist, was most offended by any suggestion that “white privilege” played any role in how the riot unfolded and the police response to it. That obvious observation by Keilar elicited more sanctimonious laughter from Carlson. For context, here is what Keilar actually said on her CNN program:
“We regularly discuss what the Big Tech companies have done to poison the public conversation by providing large platforms to bad-faith actors who lie, mislead, and promote conspiracy theories. But what about TV companies that provide platforms to networks such as Newsmax, One America News — and, yes, Fox News?
“Somehow, these companies have escaped scrutiny and entirely dodged this conversation. That should not be the case anymore. After Wednesday’s incident of domestic terrorism on Capitol Hill, it is time TV carriers face questions for lending their platforms to dishonest companies that profit off of disinformation and conspiracy theories. After all, it was the very lies that Fox, Newsmax, and OAN spread that helped prime President Trump’s supporters into not believing the truth: that he lost an honest and fair election.
“Yes, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson and Mark Levin and others are responsible for the lies they peddle to their audiences. But the TV companies that beam them into millions of homes around the country also bear some responsibility. And yet we rarely, if ever, talk about them.”
So Keilar was addressing real problems with the partisan falsehoods that contributed to the violence at the Capitol. And she expressed the rational opinion that questions need to be asked in order to fully understand what happened, what caused it, and how to prevent it in the future. But those questions, in Carlson’s diseased brain, were out of bounds and deserving of his wrath and mockery.
The truth is that any criticism of Trump would antagonize Carlson and his Fox News confederates. They have subjugated their free will and reason in favor of worshipping the master of the Cult of Trump, to which they are devoted disciples. It’s emblematic of the descent into madness by both Fox News and the Republican Party. They have come utterly undone. And in their hypnotic state of idolatry they see no evil and speak only in glowing expressions of adoration and amazement at the perfection of Dear Leader.
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How Fox News Deceives and Controls Their Flock:
Fox Nation vs. Reality: The Fox News Cult of Ignorance.
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CNN Dwarf King’s Morning Call: “Stop Fox News!” pic.twitter.com/PD0rG5mbXy
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) January 9, 2021