Tucker Carlson is the most watched political pundit on television. Carlson demeans immigrants, promotes white nationalist conspiracies, and defends Donald Trump. The pro-Trump commentary is especially important, because his audience is mostly Trump supporters. His 8 PM show routinely draws
I hope one day Tucker will get his comeuppance in the form of FOX News turning on him or his reckless rhetoric putting him in actual legal trouble. At that point, I'm sure he'll use the defense that he is just "playing a character" like Alex Jones.
Ultimately, though, it doesn't matter what he believes. He still peddles bigotry and conspiracy theories to his amenable followers. His final day on the air will be a net gain for society.
The really sad part is even if fox news loses and it costs them a ton ... the average white nationalist Tucker follower will have more reasons to hate the truth... I'm sure if they are capable of reading they believe these tweets and emails that are coming out are fake .... there really isn't anyway to reach the trumpsters.
The thing is, Fox News viewers won't hear or read any of this. Literally, not a word.
So when FOX loses this lawsuit, when will be the time that they have to make a statement on air owning that they have been lying in order to maximize their profits and frankly, that they despise their own viewers? When will my family members learn that FOX considers them ignorant rubes?
For years, I have been telling my fellow liberals to stop explaining things to Republicans. They don’t lack information, they lack integrity.
"I hate him passionately" That was my first reaction to Tucker (heir to the Swanson Food Empire of Sodium). I have not budged one iota since. But his viewers? What of them? Poor, deluded, dangerously crazed souls who believe in a man who doesn't himself believe what he says?
What will they do when they realize that REALITY does not contain ANY of their supposed "TRUTHS?"
To be informed is to be armed!
Excellent analysis of how Tucker is a 2 faced demagogue willing to say whatever he thinks 🤔 will sell his bogus points of view 🙄 😒 the sad part is all the wrong doing he has done doesn't even phase him.
He's just like the radical insurrectionists in Congress whose mantra is fake it until you make it 😉 like they all think they can rewrite reality and history if they all just persist in their seditious activities.
How different would the political and social landscape be today if, in fact, Trump had been treated like a defeated autocrat sentenced to exile? Imagine life without him in the press every day. Without him exhorting his MAGA horde. Hawking MAGA merch. And above all, controlling both Fox "news" and the House of MAGAsentatives. What a wonderful world it would be.
He continues on, recklessly showing video from Jan 6 that Kevin "the traitor" McCarthy handed over to muddy the waters to free Trump (if the DOJ ever gets off its butt to do anything.) Murdoch is a pal of Putin. Dominion deserves a win. They won't crush Fox. A paltry fine. Maybe a big civil settlement against Fox that ol' Rupert will put off paying like the rich always do.
Tucker Carlson, like Trump, could shoot someone on 5th Ave and get away with it.
Our next 2 years will be fraught with chaos from the GOP House and Fox and Tucker will still be telling lies to the stupid, the white supremacists and very angry white men and women of America and make big bucks hand over fist doing our country continued damage.
Remember when Fox first started the motto was they delivered, "fair and balanced" news. A crock from the beginning.
Does that Michigan legislature have anything to say about MTG’s bare arms.🤔
These revelations are shocking only if you believe that Fox and Tucker are in the news business. As entertainers they give their audience what they want to hear. That entertainers lie and pretend as a matter of course doesn't matter.
America has a very big problem! The truth is that hate, anger, outrage sells and Fox knows it and Tucker Carlson knows it. And Fox makes millions and millions because of it - and that is why they do it and are successful (the most watched network) doing it! I suggest you read "Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention and How to Think Deeply Again" by Johann Hari, especially the chapters on the rise of technology that can track and manipulate you. "If it's more enraging, it's more engaging"
But can someone copy all this to Parler or Telegraph or Trump Twitter or wherever Tucker’s 3.5mil viewers hang out now? Replace all the 3+ syllable words so THEY understand this is not a drill. The ONLY people who need to understand they’re being royally hoodwinked are his loyal audience. The rest of us have only been waiting for the slip that reveals he (and his cohorts) lie, lied and keep lying every day. Chumps to Rupert. Doormats to Bush. Co-conspirators to Trump. Like we’ve been saying!
It’s a strong reflection on a significant cross section of America. Just sad.
The number one talent of truly talented grifters is the ability to figure out what their "mark" most desperately wants to hear, or most desperately wants to be true, telling them they're right to think/believe that, everyone else is lying or wrong, and their "mark" is truly bright, talented, and discerning to have figured it all out.
Once you have them believing that you're with them and that they're right about everything, you can lead them down whatever "garden path" you want, right up to and including their own deaths.
Weasel news has (unconsciously?) discovered (or borrowed from "conservative" faith expressions and demagogues everywhere) another factor: a glitch in the way our human psychological systems function, that causes us to be addicted to the adrenaline "high" we get from constantly being led to be angry and outraged over whatever (false B.S., dishonest, disingenuous) "news" they're feeding us, followed by the endorphin "high" of being told how brilliant we are for being smarter than everyone else, agreeing with them and rejecting everything else.
It's almost as good as an orgasm, especially for those who aren't successful at being, or who are no longer physically able to be sexually active since it activates the same internal chemical reinforcement systems. This is especially true for those who rigidly avoid solo sexual expression because they've been raised to believe that it's a terrible sin, mostly by churches seeking to keep the pews full of children.
People watch Weasel news because it consistently gets them off, with tucktuck as their principal disinformation porn star, but day-by-day, week-be-week, they're swallowing things that are going to get them (and the rest of us, and our Democracy) killed.
Good that you call out that Lindell is Carlson's biggest advertiser. Fox News is not advertising dependent -- if you have cable, you are inescapably paying for it. But the petty greed that motivates the likes of Carlson is pathetic and dangerous.