For one thing, you see these two clips: What do you see, and what do you hear, if you watch Tucker Carlson Tonight?
You'll hear a lot of crazy, over-the-top, majorly pseudo analysis by the program's host. That said, not everything you hear will be crazy--and you''re likjely to see video clips you won't encounter amid all the happy talk on the other two corporate cables.
Last night, Carlson opened with a ten-minute segment featuring lots of ugly street violence from several major cities. He followed with a short interview with a Seattle talk show host who always strikes us as basically sensible. This doesn't necessarily mean that his analyses are right.
As we've mentioned in the past month, we get the impression that mainstream anti-Trump news orgs are heavily censoring what you're shown and told about the ongoing demonstrations in cities like Portland and Seattle. Last night, Carlson's guest said this about the Seattle scene:
RANTZ (8/17/10): We're pretending still that these are protests. I'm sorry, but these are no longer protests. They've not been protests for several weeks. They go out there with the intent of causing harm to these police officers. They show up with bats. They show up with [commercial grade] fireworks, with the intent of causing damage. They're not showing up to protest for some social justice cause. That's not what they're doing.Presumably, Rantz was talking about some members of the Seattle protest scene, not all. Meanwhile, we aren't there to form our own assessment of these matters. But Carlson seems to have an endless supply of remarkable and ugly footage which aligns with that analysis, with no arrests reported.
It's our impression that other news orgs have decided not to bother our pretty little heads with the footage and the complexities in question. Our advice to you would be this:
Go ahead—give those tapes a look! The happy talk and the tribal dissembling will still be waiting for you when you return to the cable channels in the control of our tribe.
Remember—you'll have to sit through absurd ascriptions of motive from Carlson. You're there to watch the videotapes, not for (the bulk of) his remarks.