It has been a busy summer for the Fox News Senior White Nationalist, Tucker Carlson. In just the past few weeks Carlson has humiliated himself by making preposterous claims like his paranoid delusion that the NSA is spying on him. And he went on an extended rant smearing a Capitol Police officer who heroically defended the people and the institution from rioters incited by Donald Trump and his “Big Lie” bullpucky that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him. And so much more.
Now Carlson, of the perpetually furrowed brow and dumbstruck gaze, is exceeding the worst of his already repugnant resume. On Wednesday Carlson sought to malign Rep. Eric Swalwell in an unhinged tirade that was littered with flagrant falsehoods and purposeful character assassination. In that segment Carlson asserted financial improprieties for which he offered zero evidence. In fact, everything that Carlson cited as improper were actually ordinary campaign expenditures and were accounted for in the formal documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, which is where Carlson got the data.
Nevertheless, Carlson wasn’t satisfied with his noxious assault on Swalwell. So he delivered a second installment on Friday that was even worse than the first. It was apparently triggered by a text exchange earlier in the day wherein Swalwell declined Carlson’s request to call him:
Carlson: Eric, it’s Tucker Carlson. Please give me a call on this number.
Swalwell: Tucker, I’m hesitant to do that. You falsely smeared my wife on Tuesday and she’s getting death threats. That’s way out of bounds. She’s a pregnant mom of a 4 year old and a 2 year old. Hit me all you like. But to go after her. That’s just wrong.
So Carlson’s response to Swalwell’s perfectly understandable – under the circumstances – refusal to talk was met with a personal insult. And an ironic insult at that, considering Carlson’s notorious and slimy reputation for cowardice. Carlson couldn’t muster a compassionate, or even human response to the disturbing news that Swalwell’s wife was getting death threats due to Carlson’s offensive and inflammatory rhetoric. Here is Swalwell’s tweet of the text exchange and Carlson’s BS retaliation:
Just dropping this here … Tucker’s recent coverage of the Swalwell sleeping with a Chinese spy scandal. pic.twitter.com/TQZys2NnI0
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) July 23, 2021
Later that evening, Carlson spent six and a half minutes of his program spewing nauseating lies about Swalwell. It was obviously a petty and abusive retaliation for Swalwell’s perceived snub. It included a slanderous assertion that Swalwell engaged in a sexual relationship with a Chinese spy. That was a totally unfounded lie that Carlson knew was false. Then Carlson told a series of infantile untruths, asserting that Swalwell was dumb and financially corrupt. Carlson had no proof of any of his asinine allegations.
Finally, Carlson went after Swalwell’s wife again. He claimed that a campaign event held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay, California, was improper because “Swalwell’s wife is an an executive at the very hotel.” The only problem with that is that she is not an employee of the hotel and has not been for two years. Again, Carlson had to know this. He was informed of it after his prior false claims on the same matter. And you have to wonder if Carlson has any problem with Trump holding numerous “campaign” events at his own hotel and golf properties, enriching himself in the process.
This fixation on misogynistic attacks on women in public life, often the distinguished and accomplished spouses of political men, is routine for Carlson. He recently launched a nasty and personal assault on First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden. Carlson bizarrely implied that Dr. Biden was somehow like Jim Jones, the Christian cult leader who murdered 900 of his disciples with poisoned Kool-Aid. Then he used a vulgar reference to Nazi sex slaves to describer her.
This is just who Tucker Carlson is. This is typical of his loathsome lack of character and decency. And it is exactly what Fox News wants anchoring their primetime lineup. It is precisely the sort of putrid pandering to the worst impulses in morally defective human behavior. Which, considering their audience, may just be good marketing.
While Carlson gets all the credit for his heinousness, Fox News is responsible for embracing it and broadcasting it to the world. Carlson ought to be fired for this and other atrocities that actually cause great harm to America and Americans. After all Fox News argued in court (successfully) that no reasonable person would take anything he says seriously. But the problem with the “reasonable viewer” standard is that it mistakenly assumes that Carlson has any reasonable viewers.
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