Washington Post, Sen Durbin get marching orders: Nail Tucker Carlson.

They both blow it.

He’s an anti-vaxer.  He’s the face of white grievance! He was a rich kid; white privilege!! He’s insensitive!!!

Well, you can read it fall or yourself. Here’s the Washington Post’s “deep dive” into the popular Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson.

Illinois Democratic Sen.Dick Durbin took to the Senate floor to nail Carlson for being against the Covid-19 vaccine here

Of course, the story got a rave review (here) from Tom Jones, senior media writer for Poynter, the reliably rubber stamp for all things liberal in the media.

All right on schedule.

Let’s take a look at the worst of the accusations that’s described in the story’s opening, where the most shocking stuff usually goes.

He didn’t cry.

Oh, dear.

It happened in 2003 in an historic African dungeon that was the holding pen for people heading for enslavement in America. Carlson was there with civil rights leaders who, prayed, sang “We shall overcome” and broke into tears.

One of the civil rights leaders, the Rev. Albert Sampson, then described “the tragedy of Carlson:

He did not cry. He did not have any intellectual response. He didn’t give any verbal response. It was a total detachment from the reality of the event.

Carlson’s supposedly sterile response to the great tragedy of slavery thus, according to Post reporter Michael Kranish, was

an early sign of sentiments that he had been expressing for years — and that would ultimately help transform him into the preeminent voice of angry White America. It is that role that Carlson, 52, now plays every weeknight from his prime-time perch on Fox News.

Actually, Kranish’s interpretation presages the loopy, emotional and irrational emergence of the woke culture. Characteristically, the wokesters believe they can read minds and judge someone’s worth not by the quality of his argument but by his emotional response. Crying included. It is a pitiful excuse for journalism.

I’m not afraid to “admit” that I’ve watch Carlson’s nightly hour-long show—enough to know that Kranish’s summation of Carlson’s positions is an exaggeration. Contrary to the assertion that Carlson is anti-vaccine, he, in fact, doesn’t oppose the vaccine or its efficacy. But he does support the right of Americans to not get it. There’s a vast difference that Kranish and Durbin fail to understand.

Then there’s the story’s declaration that, “But on many nights, it is Carlson’s White grievance that dominates the show.” Kranish poisons the discussion by labelling Carlson’s position as “White grievance.”

Carlson’s argument, as is so many conservative’s, is as clear and easily understood as the Rev. Martin Luther King’s dream pronounced at the 1963 March on Washington: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Carlson is challenging the far left’s assertion, as enunciated by progressives and Black Lives Matter, of a principle that defies King’s dream. That the color of your skin announces your beliefs. Your skin color drives your actions. Defines whom you are.

I’ll leave for readers to decide the conflicting story of Carlson trashing the reputation of his first grade teacher, the poisoning of his character by his “elite upbringing,” the consistency of his beliefs, his character flaws and other items.

But what I see and hear from Carlson are deep dives—if I can borrow that term—into legitimate public policy issues. Illegal immigration. Racism. Public health and Covid-19. Freedom of speech. Religious and other liberties. Crime. And more. 

The far left, as reflected so well by this story, too often accuses people who take one side—the conservative side—of being irrational, uncaring and deeply flawed. It deflects legitimate disagreement. It focuses on the messenger instead of the message. It relies on argument from authority instead of logic and facts.

Profiles of people who have emerged as visible leaders is legitimate journalism. Profiles intended to knife someone because of his policy positions is a weak and failed response. Not surprising, coming as it is from the Washington Post. 

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  • Dennis, in your opinion, is Tucker Carlson a true journalist?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I don't know if Dennis will answer you, but I get the impression that he believes that anyone affiliated with MAGA Media is a true journalist.

  • "It’s clear by now that Carlson doesn’t actually have anything interesting or original to contribute to American public discourse. His against-type ideas—a post-Iraq skepticism of foreign military intervention, an aversion to traditional GOP economic orthodoxy—are hardly novel these days, and they’re nothing he came up with on his own. Besides, his heterodox positions are hardly his greatest priority. Some news outlets have tried to cast Carlson as a populist provocateur or a speaker of unspoken truths. The reality is that he’s become something else: incredibly boring."

    The New Republic

  • "The answer is one of Washington’s open secrets. Mr. Carlson, a proud traitor to the elite political class, spends his time when he’s not denouncing the liberal media trading gossip with them. He’s the go-to guy for sometimes-unflattering stories about Donald J. Trump and for coverage of the internal politics of Fox News (not to mention stories about Mr. Carlson himself). I won’t talk here about any off-the-record conversations I may have had with him. But 16 other journalists (none from The Times; it would put my colleagues in a weird position if I asked them) told me on background that he has been, as three of them put it, 'a great source.'"

    Ben Smith in the New York Times

  • "Now comes the claim that you can't expect to literally believe the words that come out of Carlson's mouth. And that assertion is not coming from Carlson's critics. It's being made by a federal judge in the Southern District of New York and by Fox News's own lawyers in defending Carlson against accusations of slander. It worked, by the way.

    Just read U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil's opinion, leaning heavily on the arguments of Fox's lawyers: The "'general tenor' of the show should then inform a viewer that [Carlson] is not 'stating actual facts' about the topics he discusses and is instead engaging in 'exaggeration' and 'non-literal commentary.' "

    She wrote: "Fox persuasively argues, that given Mr. Carlson's reputation, any reasonable viewer 'arrive[s] with an appropriate amount of skepticism' about the statement he makes."

    David Folkenflik (NPR)

  • It's not fair to say that Tucker is merely defending the right of his viewers not to accept vaccination. Every night he offers multiple reasons that they shouldn't. Yes, he always includes a disclaimer, but his spiel is a straightforward pander to anti-vaxxers.

  • In reply to wbcoleman:

    If I were as cynical as Tucker Carlson, I would declare that the good news is....
    jnorto, I've deleted the stupid part to save you the embarrassment. And to discourage similar comments.-- Dennis

  • In reply to jnorto:

    I'm not embarrassed by what I said. Why are you? Too close to the truth?

  • In reply to jnorto:

    You deleted my words, but maybe you will not cancel a quote from California Representative Paul Ruiz.

    “This will prove Darwinism, because those with common sense who use their intelligence will survive.”

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