Now that Tucker Carlson has been banished from his Fox News perch, the speculation has been gushing from all sides as to why it occurred and where he’s going next. Carlson himself remained silent for two days, presumably to compose some sort of face-saving statement from exile in the wake of his expulsion.
The 48 hours of contemplation apparently had no beneficial effect on the message that Carlson finally delivered on Wednesday. He posted a video that didn’t answer any of the questions people might have had regarding his divorce from Fox News.
What Carlson felt compelled to convey to his mortified minions (video below) was that his absence from the television spotlight had afforded him some rare and profound insight that was invisible to him previously. He marveled that “One of the first things you realize when you step outside the noise for a few days is how many genuinely nice people there are in this country.” Those people must have avoided him when he was mouthing off maliciously on the air every night. But that wasn’t all…
“The other thing you notice when you take a little time off is how unbelievably stupid most of the debates you see on television are. They’re completely irrelevant. They mean nothing. In five years, we won’t remember that we had them. Trust me, as someone who has participated.”
You have to hand it to Carlson for admitting that the rancid discourse he engaged in for so many years was “unbelievably stupid.” In fact, it was so unbelievable that attorneys for Fox News defended him in a defamation lawsuit by successfully arguing that “no reasonable person” would take him seriously.
Carlson went on to complain that the topics discussed on programs like his were petty and disconnected to the issues that most people care about…
“At the same time – and this is the amazing thing – the undeniably big topics, the ones that will define our future, get no discussion at all. War, civil liberties, emerging science, demographic change, corporate power, natural resources. When was the last time you heard a legitimate debate about any of those issues? … Debates like that are not permitted in American media.”
Apparently Carlson only watched Fox News. Because discussions about war, civil liberties, science (i.e. climate change, reproductive health, gender identity, etc.), and corporate abuse of power, were regularly aired on other news channels. Meanwhile, Carlson was tackling such critical subjects as desexualized cartoon M&Ms, and testicle tanning, and the benefits of smoking tobacco.
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And incredibly, Carlson still had more to whine about…
“The people in charge … have given up persuasion and they’re resorting to force. But it won’t work. When honest people say what is true, calmly and without embarrassment, they become powerful. At the same time, the liars who have been trying to silence them shrink, and they become weaker.”
This might be a backhanded slap at Fox News as the “people in charge” who are “resorting to force” by firing him. However, Carlson’s assertion that truthtellers will always prevail over liars is at least partially correct. He, as a proven, relentless liar, is now shrunken and weaker. So is the person he replaced, Bill O’Reilly. Likewise, Glenn Beck has receded to the fringes of his Internet video cave.
Carlson concludes his sappy soliloquy by asking “Where can you still find Americans saying true things?” He doesn’t bother to answer that question. What’s more, in the entire video he doesn’t mention Fox News, or being fired, or his next job. That’s pretty astonishing. But it isn’t by accident.
If big mouth Tucker were free to comment on any of those things, he surely would have. Therefore, it’s safe to assume that his termination from Fox included an agreement to keep his putrid yap shut. Fox likely conditioned his unpaid compensation on his refraining from attacking Fox, or seeking employment at any competitor. In other words, Carlson probably sold out his “principles” for hard cash. Which shouldn’t surprise anyone. He’s been doing that for years.
"The other thing you notice when you take a little time off is how unbelievably stupid most of the debates you see on television are," says the guy who whined on primetime about how the Green M&M was no longer sexy. https://t.co/iWtwdGruZp
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) April 27, 2023
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