The Case of Tucker Carlson

“Tucker Carlson may not be a white nationalist in real life, but he certainly plays one on TV.”

-The opening line to a GQ piece concerning one of Tucker’s many “slips” over the years.

Personally, I’m really tired of all the noise and constant attention payed to parsing the intention of every single fucking word any and every public figure lets “slip” in a moment of weakness, drunkenness, or unintentional honesty. It’s not just a reflection of a relentless PC culture, it’s also a measure of the intrusion of 24/7 social media and the bad actors, or those that act in “good faith” whom are perpetually on the lookout for that gotcha moment, wherein the subject acts in exactly the way we hoped he would, or in a way close enough that it could be cast as we desire, interpreted to that end, and packaged for mass media consumption.

Ho HO! Gotcha.

But Tucker is a special case, isn’t he. He wasn’t caught in a moment of weakness. He was outed with hours and hours of tape, saying all of the awful things he has implied for years. These tapes aren’t one-offs. They aren’t appropriately labeled as the apologetic- “locker room talk”. The tapes cannot be successfully parried as a smear campaign; although that is the misdirection that Tucker would prefer. No.

They are the real life Tucker Carlson saying all the things he has implied, or occasionally let slip on his Fox News show. They are proof that he is exactly what we have inferred. They are documentary evidence that Tucker Carlson isn’t playing a white nationalist, misogynist, xenophobe on TV, but has instead, harbored and developed his ugliness for years and those ideals are fundamentally who he is after all.

When Tucker Carlson says, “I’m just saying…,” or, “for the sake of argument…,” or, “I don’t actually believe these ideas, but…,” and then went on to say something like, “How precisely is diversity our strength?” or, “Is the FAA sacrificing your safety for diversity?” or, immigrants would make the country “poorer and dirtier,” or telling a woman to, “Stick to your thigh-high boots,” is Tucker really being high-minded, telling-it-like-it-is, and being the rational man in the room presenting logical arguments for the sake of argument? Or is he really the piece of shit we always suspected.

Has Media Matters had it out for Tucker Carlson? hell yeah they have:

“Ever since Tucker Carlson took over the reigns of the 8 p.m. slot in Fox News’ prime-time lineup with his show Tucker Carlson Tonight, he has been using the hour to mainstream white nationalism. Carlson, a beloved figure of the white nationalist community, dedicates significant time to fearmonger about immigration, defend white nationalists, complain about racism against white people, or regularly provide a platform for bigots, all the while accusing “the left” of making everything about race.”

Is that wrong? Are they serving the public interest?

Let’s look at it this way: No matter how many advertisers Tucker loses, Fox news will keep him on the air. His message is more important then simple ad revenue. he could lose all of his advertisers and it wouldn’t matter, because maintaining narratives is worth a hella lot more to Murdoch.

This cultivated battle of Liberalism vs Nationalism, and hey- why can’t white men just have it the way they want it to be? is all the perpetual distraction Murdoch needs to work the real works that are most important to him and those of his ilk. Until such a time as Tucker gets caught in an actual crime, like those scummy predecessors of his that Fox News has kept employed for their power in messaging, Tucker ain’t going nowhere.

We aren’t going to effect his employment situation. Advertisers can make their own decisions and Fox News is going to make it’s own decisions, no matter what anyone thinks. Tucker isn’t going to apologize and who wants an apology anyway? No one.

Nothing is going to change.

The Storm is Coming?

Some interesting conspiracy theories floating around the twitterverse today following Trump’s ditching of a scheduled visit to WWI War memorial due to “rain”and his subsequent late arrival to a World Leader dinner hosted by Macron, while simultaneously being silent on twitter.  In total something like 5-6 hours of missing time from scheduled events of no small import has lead some people to wonder…

…that maybe Mueller indictments have arrived.   One inside person is even wondering if the Fox News silence on Twitter has to do with a gag order as the twitter silence strangely coincides with a Rupert Murdoch meeting with  Mitch McConnell in an otherwise empty capitol.

Which is really interesting and fun!  But come on, Fox social media wouldn’t go entirely dark.  They might be directed not to post on particular topics.  I would understand that.  The “retribution for the treatment of poor old Tucker,” I posted yesterday, is the most plausible story, but that has not been confirmed by Fox.

I don’t know if we’ll ever know why Murdoch is visiting McConnell at such an unusual time after the elections and while Congress is out of session.  What I would postulate with very limited knowledge, is perhaps conspiracy theory #2 could actually be correct.

With Flake making his intentions known about protecting special counsel, and with Susan Collins making a similar statement:

Perhaps it’s time for Mitch to let Murdoch know, maybe you want to get in front of this over on the propaganda channel so you don’t look like a bunch of fools for what is about to happen.

Could some indictments have come down?  Maybe.

What seems more likely is maybe the GOP is getting closer to stabbing the goose that laid the golden Tax Reform.  Maybe it’s time to start reining in the crazy man.  It could be.

In Trump’s world, whatever the hell just happened over at the Justice Dept. is a long gone memory.  That shit already happened, who cares.  If Trump doesn’t see something in front of his bloodshot eyes, it doesn’t exist.  Unfortunately for him, there are people capable of reason and capable of concern back in Washington and maybe those people gave Trump a call over in France while he was trying to enjoy his military parades and meeting with the world’s most accomplished dictators, and those people let him know, “We’re going to have to change things around a bit when you come back Donny.”

We may never know what happened to Trump’s missing time, why Mitch met Rupert at such a strange time, or why Fox went silent on twitter.  All three answers could be benign.  I do like the idea of GOP Senators pulling an Et tu Brute on the twitterer-in-chief.  It’s a lovely image.

Of course protecting Mueller wouldn’t be a giant fracture in the subservience of Congress to Trump, but it would drive him crazy.  Let’s see what they do when Congress is back in session.