Leave it to Fox News to find a way to absolve itself of all guilt for monumental mistakes that they actually admit to having made. That’s what Tucker Carlson managed to do on the Thursday night episode of his notoriously wrong program when he conceded that he misjudged the magnitude of the catastrophe in Ukraine.
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Carlson has been wrong about virtually everything he’s said about Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, a nation whose citizens are being slaughtered or forced to become refugees. From the start Carlson has embraced Vladimir Putin and even argued against sanctions or any effort to depose him.
However, now the news from Ukraine has gotten even more grim. More than a million Ukrainians have fled the country, and Putin’s forces are attacking a nuclear power plant. In light of this, Carlson is trying to walk back his prior support for Russia (video below) by pretending to take the matter more seriously. He has finally conceded that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has produced a catastrophe that is “spinning out of control” and …
“That, we must be honest, is shocking to us. We’ve been taken by surprise by the whole thing. We’re not the only ones who were. But we’re willing to admit it. The only think more embarrassing in being wrong in your estimates is pretending that you weren’t.”
Carlson’s contention that he “must be honest” would be a first for him. But at least he appears to be taking some responsibility for his grossly flawed analyses in the recent past. Although there is something that is even more embarrassing than pretending you weren’t wrong. That’s pretending that somebody else was responsible for your being wrong. Which is what Carlson did…
“So why didn’t we see this coming, this total loss of control? Well, because we assumed that if things were dire, serious people would be involved in fixing them. But we looked up and we saw Kamala Harris involved and that reassured us.
“Harris had just come back from Europe where she’d been conducting diplomacy with our allies, and that appeared to be proof that this could not really be a big deal. If the situation in Ukraine had been legitimately serious, if the future of Europe and the world hung in the balance, as now so obviously it does, of course the Biden administration would not have sent Kamala Harris to fix it. Cause that’s not her job.”
So it wasn’t Carlson’s fault at all that he was wrong. It was just because he relied on his own ludicrous appraisal of Harris as being an irrelevant fixture in the White House. Harris, of course, is the Vice-President of the United States, a former U.S. senator, and former California Attorney General. And she and Biden were right all along in predicting that Putin would invade. But Carlson, wearing his smug sarcasm face, sought to belittle the VP’s duties. In his warped perspective…
“Kamala Harris’ job is to trot down to the blue room periodically to greet delegations of Tik Tok influencers, or cut PSAs for dental health care awareness month, which is in February, so we assumed she’d be working on that right now. But averting war with Russia? Saving the civilize world? Come on. That’s absolutely no Kamala Harris’ job.”
It is absolutely not Tucker Carlson’s job to define what Kamala Harris’ job is. That is President Biden’s job. And many presidents have given important assignments to their vice-presidents. Trump, you may recall, made Mike Pence his White House Commander of the Space Force. As for Carlson, his job is to spread ignorance, lies, propaganda, and racism on behalf a former reality TV game show host (Donald Trump) and a foreign born, ultra-rightist media magnate (Rupert Murdoch). But by his own admission, Carlson made assumptions that led to his admittedly erroneous analysis of the Ukraine situation…
“That was our assumption. But, as noted, we were wrong. Why were we wrong? Well, we spend a lot of time watching Kamala Harris. You probably don’t. Unless you are a junior producer at MSNBC, you’re probably not that familiar with Kamala Harris. We should say, by the way, that we didn’t underestimate Vladimir Putin, we overestimated Joe Biden.”
Now, in addition to Carlson blaming his own cognitive failures on the Black woman VP, he is implying that his viewers are too stupid to know anything about her. Well, as he said earlier, he “must be honest,” and this time he is. At least with respect to his assessment of the intelligence of his audience.
It’s fitting that Carlson closed by taking another swipe at Biden and planting another wet kiss on his hero, Vladimir. The blatantly unpatriotic stance taken by Carlson, and his confederates at Fox News, is the most consistent feature of Fox and the Republican Party for whom it is the PR machine.
It’s just too bad that such toxic anti-Americanism continues to be disseminated by greedy television distributors. They recently saw the light and ditched the RT (Russia Today) channel because of its ties to, and support for Russia. They would do well now to cancel the primary source of Russian propaganda in America, Fox News.
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3 thoughts on “When a Fox News Shill Finally Admits He’s Wrong, but Still Blames it on the the Black VP”
Mark, you make the best comments about Tucker’s bigoted double-talk.
I’ve noticed that most Republicans are unwilling or unable to admit they were wrong or made a mistake. Either it’s an ego thing or they are actually too stupid to notice.
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