Carlson describes the insurrection!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2021

This is Their Town on Deranged: Yesterday was Tuesday, April 6. It had been exactly three months since the January 6 attack on the Capitol Building.

Last night, right at 8 o'clock Eastern, Tucker Carlson observed the three-month anniversary. He spoke ironically throughout. As he did, he created a portrait of the human brain on deranged, or perhaps on disordered.

How bad has it gotten in the various towns of our failing nation? We strongly suggest that you watch the videotape of Carlson's presentation so you can hear his mocking, ridiculous tone.

Right at 8 o'clock sharp, Carlson began as shown. Again, we'll suggest that you watch the tape so you can take in Carlson's tone:

CARLSON (4/6/21): Good evening, and welcome to Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Today is the three-month anniversary of January 6th. For those of you who aren’t good with dates or don’t have calendars, this is the day that we pause to remember the White supremacist "QAnon insurrection" that came so very close to toppling our government and ending this democracy forever. 

You saw what happened. It was carried live on television, every gruesome moment. A mob of older people, from unfashionable zip codes, somehow made it all the way to Washington, D.C., probably by bus. 

They wandered freely through the Capitol, like it was their building or something. 

That's the way he started. As he continued, so did his deranged account of what had happened:

CARLSON (continuing directly) They didn’t have guns, but a lot of them had extremely dangerous ideas. They talked about the Constitution, and something called "their rights." 

Some of them made openly seditious claims. They insisted, for example, that the last election was not entirely fair. 

The whole thing was terrifying. And then, as you’ve been told so often, they committed unspeakable acts of violence. 

By the time thousands of soldiers arrived to restore order, an unarmed woman, an Air Force veteran, lay dead. To this day, that woman is the one completely verified casualty of the insurrection, the only person whose death we can say definitively was caused by specific events on January 6th.

We know how she died. The funny thing is, you almost never hear that woman’s name. Possibly that’s because she wasn’t a Democratic member of Congress, or even a Joe Biden voter. She was a protestor. Her name was Ashli Babbitt. She was 35.

We still don’t know who shot Ashli Babbitt, or why. No one will tell us. But then, when you’re fighting insurrectionists, you don’t have to explain yourself. You just hyperventilate about QAnon, and then you do whatever you want. When a group of sad, disenfranchised people who have been left out of the modern economy show up at your office, you don’t have to listen to their complaints, not for a second. Why would you? 

You thought listening to people’s complaints was democracy? No, these people threaten democracy. You can even shoot one of them, if you want, and get away with it. 

Killing people without explaining yourself is an established part of counterinsurgency. If you don’t believe it, check out what happened in the Second World War.

It's true that Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed that day. Carlson didn't mention what she was doing when she was shot and killed.

According to Carlson's presentation, Babbitt was simply "showing up at [some Congressional] office," trying to get some member of Congress to "listen to [her] complaints." According to Carlson, that's what Babbitt was doing when she was shot that day.

By now, you think we're making this up—but we aren't making this up. This is the actual way Carlson started last night's program. This is the actual way he described that day's events.

Last evening, we stopped watching at that point, but Carlson continued from there. You can see how he continued by watching the Fox News videotape. 

You can even read an approximate transcript of Carlson's presentation. This was one of the very rare occasions when Fox News thought a segment was worth transcribing.

Carlson said nothing about the violence committed by the "mob of older people from unfashionable zip codes" who had "somehow made it all the way to Washington, D.C., probably by bus." 

He said nothing about the threats to hang Mike Pence. He said nothing about the physical destruction or about the beating of police officers. 

He mentioned the death of Babbitt, but he didn't mention what she was doing when she was shot. He didn't mention the deaths of anyone else.

All in all, Carlson's presentation was a form of journalistic porn. By way of contrast, Rachel Maddow's opening segment the night before was a 25-minute piece of deeply disrespectful pseudo-journalistic clowning.

In our view, Charles Blow's column this past Monday  was an example of the traumatization which often results from the brutal history which has prevailed around the world, including right here in this country. These are three samples of the places to which our profit-based pseudo-journalism has taken us at this point.

We regard Maddow's performance as an insult to the world. We regard Carlson's performance as a form of illness.

Divided into tribes as we are, we the people have a hard time seeing the way our journalistic culture currently functions. Because of the role she plays in Our Town, we're inclined to regard Maddow's endlessly stupid clowning as perhaps the most destructive behavior of all.

We still plan to run through Maddow's comically awful performance; we hope we can get there tomorrow. As for Carlson, we suggest that you understand this:

People who watch the Fox News Channel may end up thinking that he is offering a "fair and balanced" account of what happened on January 6. Here in Our Town, we have quite a few semi-Carlsons of our own. We pay the price for their conduct.

Our corporate journalism lies in rubble. In our nation's various towns, our upper-end press corps is unintelligent, overpaid, silly, dumb, stupid, unwell.

Two attempts to explain: Maddow was pretending to explain the Senate parliamentarian's apparent ruling about the possible uses of the legislative process known as "reconciliation."

Whoever prepared the text she read was thoroughly overmatched by the topic. But then, the New York Times seems to be overmatched by the topic too.

In yesterday morning's print editions, Emily Cochrane authored this attempt to explain the ruling. In this morning's print editions,  Carl Hulse authored a second attempt to explain.

Did either one of these reporters know what they were talking about? It seems to us that they didn't. An amazing amount of (apparent) journalism adheres to this well-concealed pattern.

What did the parliamentarian say? Can anyone clearly explain?


36 comments:

  1. "It's true that Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed that day. Carlson didn't mention what she was doing when she was shot and killed."

    But of course he did mention it, dear Bob; are you some sort of mentally ill? You quoted it yourself: "They wandered freely through the Capitol, like it was their building or something."

    Thank God for Tucker Carlson, one talking head on national tv saying a few words for the ordinary working people.

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    1. Mao, that isn't what Babbitt was doing when she was killed. She never entered the building herself. Carlson is referring to what the other insurrectionists supposedly did (in actuality, they did many other things, all illegal, which is why they are now being arrested).

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    2. But of course she entered the building, dear Corby. You're probably confusing her with someone else.

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    3. Carlson has almost as much contempt for Republican voters as Republican politicians do.

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    4. She was shot as she was rushing a barricade at the door to the speaker's lobby, by a Capitol Police officer guarding that door. It is on video.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2021/01/08/ashli-babbitt-shooting-video-capitol/

      "But video footage filmed by rioters shows the lieutenant, after taking up a defensive position in a doorway, carefully aiming and shooting Babbitt as she tries to climb through a smashed window beside a barricaded double door leading to the Speaker’s Lobby, part of a pro-Trump mob of protesters. "

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    5. Ashli Babbitt was an unarmed woman and Air Force veteran who was shot by a capital police officer, though she was not committing an act of violence. As the tape shows, she was not committing an act of violence when she was shot. She was, in fact, protesting, which progs seem to approve of. She was also in deep financial debt at the time of her death.

      Compare Ashli Babbitt to armed robber-pornographer-drug addict-counterfeiter-serial criminal George Floyd. My, my!

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  2. False equivalency warning:

    "All in all, Carlson's presentation was a form of journalistic porn. By way of contrast, Rachel Maddow's opening segment the night before was a 25-minute piece of deeply disrespectful pseudo-journalistic clowning."

    Carlson's lies and misrepresentation of the facts of 1/6 are in no way equivalent to Maddow's supposed "clowning." By juxtaposing these two segments, Somerby tries to imply that the right has Carlson but the left has Maddow, who is just as bad.

    Whatever you might think of Maddow, she is not on the same level as Carlson, who is a pure propagandist for the right.

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    1. A page from the corporate-owned Right-wing media (AKA the media), who tried to equate questions about the Clinton Foundation* with Trump's fraudulent University.

      *from Right-wing operatives

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  3. I find Maddow and Blow informative. The same cannot be said about Carlson.

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  4. “We regard Maddow's performance as an insult to the world. We regard Carlson's performance as a form of illness.”

    Why is it that when right wingers like Carlson spread lies and propaganda in service to his ideology, Somerby charitably classifies it as “illness”, but when Maddow uses humor to try to explain a news event, she is an “insult to the world?”

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  5. "In yesterday morning's print editions, Emily Cochrane authored this attempt to explain the ruling. In this morning's print editions, Carl Hulse authored a second attempt to explain.

    Did either one of these reporters know what they were talking about? It seems to us that they didn't. An amazing amount of (apparent) journalism adheres to this well-concealed pattern."

    So, now Somerby has maligned Maddow and these two print journalist without telling us what was wrong with their explanations. When he does this kind of thing, he is just calling names. An attack on a journalist's work should be accompanied by facts or evidence or explanation of where they went wrong. Somerby never bothers with that any more. For him, it is enough to accuse.

    I believe these empty accusations are motivated by the desire to portray journalism, especially so-called liberal journalism, as unreliable. His goal is to either get people to switch to Fox, where viewers are offered less complexity, or stop reading and watching cable news and newspapers. When people stop consuming news, they will be easier to lead around, more susceptible to Trump or his successors, more likely to vote for the empty-hearted candidates of the right.

    This is how Somerby serves as a warrior of the right. This is his role in undermining democracy and softening us up for the autocracy. The only question in my mind is who has been paying Somerby to do this -- Putin or the RNC.

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    1. You're the dumbest person in human history.

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    2. I'm gonna help you out here. Somerby is saying it is difficult to get people to be excited about liberal politics when the people in charge of it are clowns. He's arguing as a liberal critic.

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    3. Naturally Somerby is a liberal critic, since he is a Trumptard. In his world, people would only be excited about liberal politics if they did what he does -- worship Donald Trump, defend Roy Moore, Ron Johnson and Matt Gaetz

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  6. “Because of the role she plays in Our Town, we're inclined to regard Maddow's endlessly stupid clowning as perhaps the most destructive behavior of all.”

    It’s not quite clear what Maddow’s “role” is, but Somerby hasn’t established why Maddow’s behavior is the “most destructive”, even more than Tucker Carlson’s.

    Carlson is lying about a violent insurrection that got some killed, could have killed many more, and whose intent was to overturn a free and fair election and install the loser.

    Rachel Maddow’s “sin” here, according to Somerby, was to employ humor, and that she failed to adequately explain the Senate parliamentarian’s ruling.

    This smacks of false equivalence to me.

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  7. My POV is to bemoan the lack of appropriate coverage of the ANTIFA/BLM riots in Portland. Unlike the riot in the Capital, they were repeated over and over over. And, they involved much more deliberate damage, including arson and widespread looting. Many of the Portland rioters were armed. ANTIFA rioters often said that they were conducting an uprising.

    The Portland riots don't excuse the Capital riot, but they do put it into a context.

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    1. Speaking of whataboutism, I hope ANTIFA/ BLM are charged with "widespread looting". The defense calling private equity firms to the stand will be awesome.

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    2. The problem in Portland is that some amount of the damage was done by Boogaloo Bois and other right wing groups attempting to incite civil war. Antifa largely was protecting demonstrators from attack, not looting or damaging property. The peaceful demonstrators were not armed. Those who were armed mingled among them and were most often right wingers.

      The tendency of those on the right to blame antifa for their own actions greatly confuses any attempts to figure out who did what, in Portland and elsewhere. BLM is a peaceful group, as were those who marched in support of BLM. Opportunists and others interested in violence used the protests as cover for their own activities.

      There is a very active alt-right movement in the Pacific northwest that has been monitored by journalist David Neiwert over decades now. Ammon Bundy is an example of that movement. It is a mistake to view the Portland unrest as strictly a leftist phenomenon.

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    3. Once you've bought-in to Republican "economics", getting you to believe in ANTIFA is child's play.

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    4. Corby and @3:48 - your responses again illustrate how liberal and conservative news sites portray reality so differently. In this case, I believe the conservatives, because I saw many videos of the rioting and damage.

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    5. David,
      A guy like you, who (pretends) to believe in innocent until proven guilty, doesn't think those rioters were ANTIFA or BLM, do you?

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    6. David, given that the conservatives were saying that antifa committed the 1/6 insurrection (of which there is plentiful video from which suspects have now been rounded up and identified), you would be a fool to believe them about the Portland riots.

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    7. The first rioter in Minneapolis / St.Paul to break down a storefront -Autozone- and burn it to the ground was a far right extremist with ties the the prison population of such exemplary people. So sorry, Dave, but the stroke of your brush is a bit heavy here.

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  8. It’s all pretty well going as expected.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-capitol-arrests-justice/amid-setbacks-prosecutors-abandon-some-claims-in-u-s-capitol-riot-cases-idUSKBN2BG30C

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    1. Yes. Looks like they are focusing on the Proud Boys and other organized white supremacist groups, who took advantage of a bunch of gullible Trump supporters and corralled them into their insurrection attempt.

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    2. The Venn Diagram of "Trump supporters" and "gullible Trump supporters" is a perfect circle.

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    3. That was an incredible event. Trump lied about "the steal" and used that to "steal" money from his gullible supporters. Then he demagogued them into a collective insanity which led them to break into the Capitol but once they got there, they had no idea what to do. So they took selfies and smoked joints like the narcissistic American dumbbells that they are. Immediately, establishment Republicans, after using Trump and his supporters for all that they were worth (tax cuts for the rich), kicked them both to the curb and the previous order was restored.

      Trump went from the most powerful man in the history of the world back down to the B-list in a matter of 6 fucking hours. That was a truly incredible event. Shakespeare couldn't have written an ending as poetic and perfect as that.

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  9. 'Did either one of these reporters know what they were talking about?'

    Well, they're not Trumptards like Somerby, so they presumably know what they're talking about. The NYT article was pretty clear.

    Somerby is just attacking them because he dislikes reporters who don't defend Trump, Ron Johnson, Devin Nunes, Roy Moore and Matt Gaetz like he does.

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  10. For the last time, Tucker Carlson isn't mentally ill. He's corrupted by power. He admitted it:

    "I'm absoultey not a man of the people at all... I'm like extraordinarily loaded. I've never needed to work. The whole cable news thing is like a phase I was going through..."

    https://www.vox.com/videos/2019/4/3/18294392/tucker-carlson-pretends-hate-elites-populism-false-consciousness

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