WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2022
Open stupidification: Last evening, promptly at 8 P.M., the stupidification continued.
We refer to the stupidification dumped upon the waiting world by once Tucker Carlson. In the fourth minute of last evening's opening monologue, the "excitable child" of the Fox News Channel sadly returned to this:
CARLSON (3/22/22): We believe in standards on the show. The Supreme Court is, of course, one of those powerful institutions in the world.
Joe Biden did not create the Supreme Court, previous generations did, hundreds of years ago. He does not own it. He merely inherited it for a short time and so the rest of us have an interest in who sits on it and who interprets our Constitution.
Joe Biden, sounding maybe a touch defensive, has described Ketanji Brown Jackson as one of this country's great legal minds and we certainly want to believe that for real, given that she's probably going to be confirmed no matter what we think.
The question is: Is it true? Is she really one of this country's great legal minds? One way to know, one indication, would be her LSAT scores.
"We believe in standards on this show," the lost boy wonderfully said.
He continued along from there as shown. You can peruse the full transcript here. You can even watch the videotape as Dick Carlson's troubled son continues his headlong public decline.
For the record, we don't know if Judge Jackson is one of the "top legal minds in the entire country." (That's the specific way Biden described her in his State of the Union address.)
Like you, we don't know how to evaluate such claims. Not being completely stupidified, we do know that you can't settle or evaluate such claims by looking at someone's LSAT scores—or by examining term papers they wrote when they were students in college.
That said, how about it? Should we review this nominee's LSAT scores? The suggestion is primal stupidification, but Richard Carlson's badly lost child just kept pouring it on:
CARLSON (continuing directly): The LSAT is not a knowledge test. It measures logic and reasoning ability, and no one doubts it's an accurate measure of those things, which predict legal skills and that's why top law firms, law schools, have long used that test.
So how did Ketanji Brown Jackson do on the LSAT? Sorry, you're not allowed to ask because asking is racism.
The undisguised stupidification is plainly present there. But so is the endless sense of personal grievance concerning matters of race.
At this point, we're going to make an admission. We'll admit that we tend to agree with Carlson on one significant point.
We think it tends to be counterproductive to accuse Carlson of racism at ridiculous moments like this. We think it makes better sense to focus on the depth of The Stupid in which the wandering child of the Fox News Channel is prepared to wallow.
No nominee for the Supreme Court has ever been evaluated in the way this lost child suggests—by a review of his or her law school admission test scores.
It's unbelievably stupid to make such that suggestion. As everyone surely understands, it's dimwitted all the way own.
At this point, we tip our cap to Fox News. As we do, we note the way two of our major "cable news" channels are currently behaving like a pair of ships passing in the night.
On the one hand, you'll now be met by the defiantly Stupid no matter which channel you choose. But Fox has begun to offer transcripts of Carlson's opening monologue every night—and MSNBC is slow-walking its transcript production in a blindingly obvious way.
As we type, we can link you to a (fully proofread) transcript of Carlson's monologue from last night's TV show. At the channel we liberals are told we can trust, the most recent available transcripts are those from Tuesday evening, March 15!
It's perfectly obvious that The One True Liberal Channel has an increasing aversion to letting the public evaluate the product which is dispensed by its TV shows. This keeps us from showing you the Spectacular Disingenuity with which Lawrence O'Donnell opened his "cable news" program last night.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but our nation's journalistic culture is openly coming undone.
At Fox, Rihard Carlson's "lonely boy" engages in deep stupidication pretty much every night. But at MSNBC—at the Washington Post; at the New York Times—a countervailing version of The Stupid is more and more visible with each passing day.
The dumbness is general across the nation. Fox seems eager to showcase this point. MSNBC seems inclined to hide.
At this point, we return to the remarkable biographical capsule we showed you yesterday. It's a two-generation capsule account—a story of father and son:
Carlson was born Tucker McNear Carlson in the Mission District of San Francisco, California, on May 16, 1969. He is the elder son of artist and San Francisco native Lisa McNear (1945–2011) and Dick Carlson (1941–), a former "gonzo reporter" who became the director of Voice of America, president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the U.S. ambassador to the Seychelles...
Carlson's paternal grandparents were Richard Boynton and Dorothy Anderson, teenagers who placed his father at The Home for Little Wanderers orphanage where he was fostered by Carl Moberger, a Malden, near Boston, tannery worker, and his wife Mainer Florence Moberger, and adopted at the age of two-years-old by upper-middle-class New Englanders, the Carlsons, an executive at the Winslow Brothers & Smith Tannery of Norwood (the oldest tannery in America) and his wife. ..
In 1976, Carlson's parents divorced after the nine-year marriage reportedly "turned sour." Carlson's father was granted custody of Tucker and his brother. Carlson's mother left the family when he was six, wanting to pursue a "bohemian" lifestyle.
When Carlson was in first grade, his father moved Tucker and his brother to the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, California, and raised them there. Carlson attended La Jolla Country Day School and grew up in a home overlooking the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. His father owned property in Nevada, Vermont, and islands in Maine and Nova Scotia. In 1984, his father unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Republican Mayor Roger Hedgecock in the San Diego mayoral race.
In 1979, Carlson's father married divorcée Patricia Caroline Swanson, an heiress to Swanson Enterprises...
Richard Carlson was orphaned at birth. He ended up as director of Voice of America and as president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting—PBS!
To appearances, he had become financially successful before his second marriage. His son attended La Jolla Country Day School and grew up in a home overlooking the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.
Also, though, Richard Carlson had started out as "a gonzo reporter." Therein may lie the secret to some of the values which seem to dominate the world of his badly lost son.
Carlson was pathetic last night. We'd say the same of O'Donnell.
In the next two days, we may return to the willful lunacy Richard Carlson's badly lost boy put on display on March 9. But we will return to several parts of that biographical capsule, and we'll be telling you this:
Given the furor with which our own failing tribe tends to react to this badly lost child, it's surprising how rarely you ever read about his family background.
(How do we tend to react to the son? We'd describe it using this bumper sticker: "No Bait Left Behind.")
Where do lost children like this come from? What gives us a Trump, or a Putin?
Also, what gives us the nightly stupidification of this unmistakable "lost child?" Where does the failure come from?
Tomorrow: He never saw her again...