FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2022
...according to Tucker Carlson: The front page of today's New York Times includes this instructive report:
An Ancient Language, Once on the Brink, Is a British Isle’s Talk of the Town
At issue is the ancient language Manx, which is apparently making a comeback on the Isle of Man.
Given the world's endless complexifications, the Isle of Man "is a self-governing British Crown Dependency that is not a part of the United Kingdom, but whose residents are British citizens."
The Isle of Man's population is roughly 84,000. According to the front-page report, around 2,200 [of those] people are now able to speak, read or write in Manx."
According to the news report, people on the Isle of Man have decided they want to slow or stop the erosion of their island's traditional culture, including the impending loss of its traditional language.
All other things being equal, there's obviously nothing "wrong" with any such impulse or preference. Again and again, then again and again, we see that this desire to keep such traditions (and identities) alive is a thoroughly human impulse.
There's nothing "wrong" with any such impulse, until such time as there is. In that respect, this report also points to the possible difficulties involved in running a "diverse democracy," especially in a giant nation like ours.
We may return to that topic tomorrow with respect to our own nation's Thanksgiving Day traditions. For today, consider this:
Diversity can be challenging! It can get even harder in a giant nation like ours, where people like The Abandoned Boy of Fox News can command very large platforms.
Why do we mention Tucker Carlson? Also on today's front page is this perhaps slightly puzzling report:
A Lasting Legacy of Covid: Far-Right Platforms Spreading Health Myths
The Biden administration has pushed social media giants like Facebook to curb Covid misinformation. But it is thriving on fringe platforms like Gab, a hub for extremist content.
In that second front-page report, Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports the way Covid myths are being spread on certain "fringe platforms."
That said, is Fox News "fringe?" We ask because, three nights ago, we saw a certain disordered child start a report like this:
CARLSON (11/22/25): So when the Covid pandemic began in early 2020, everyone wanted to believe Tony Fauci. We did. We had him on the show, actually, and then he began lying in ways so obvious that you could not ignore it. You began asking, "What is this about?"
The guy in charge of the Covid response is lying about Covid? Why? He lied about herd immunity, then he lied about masks, then he repeatedly lied about vaccines. You can’t lie if you’re a public health official, but he kept doing it.
Today, Tony Fauci, who is now 81, held his last press conference and, appropriately enough, he decided to tell one final lie about masks. Watch.
That's the way Carlson began his presentation. Below, as Carlson's report continued, viewers were shown videotape of the Q-and-A in which Fauci was said to have told that "one final lie about masks:"
REPORTER (videotape): What do you say about the word "mask" now being a pejorative in some communities?
FAUCI (videotape): No, it shouldn't be. I mean, you're absolutely right. I mean, I know sometimes when you walk in and you have a mask and nobody has a mask you kind of feel guilty.
You shouldn't feel guilty. You look terrific.
That was the full exchange in which Fauci was said to have told his "one final lie about masks." We now offer a bit of context:
Carlson's mother abandoned him when he was 8 years old.
He never saw his mother again. Instead, he goes on the air and behaves in routinely peculiar ways for a very large salary—a salary which isn't disclosed.
At any rate, that was just the start of Carlson's presentation Tuesday night. As he continued, he said this:
CARLSON (continuing directly): That's a question from the press corps? "What do you say about the word 'mask' becoming a pejorative?" That's media coverage?
That's embarrassing. It's weird, too.
People who love masks? Really? They don't work very well. Everyone knows that. The science shows that. But for some reason, Tony Fauci is still pretending it makes sense to wear a mask.
That's the way Carlson explained the problem with Fauci's "final lie about masks." That said, Carlson noted another problem with something Fauci had said:
CARLSON (continuing directly): He also pretended, once again, that you'll die unless you get the corona vaccine. For real. Watch.
FAUCI (videotape): The real danger is in the people who don't get vaccinated. So that's where we expect, if we're going to see a problem this winter, it's going to be among those people.
CARLSON: Oh, it's a pandemic of the unvaccinated, is it?
This is insane! This is not science. In fact, all of the science shows just the opposite. It’s more risky for most people to get the vaccine than to get Covid at this point.
It’s not speculation. The data from a bunch of countries, U.K. and Israel included, prove that. But Fauci somehow doesn’t know that?
Carlson continued from there.
We don't know much about Covid science. We're going to leave it to Kevin Drum to bring you up to date on the actual state of the science.
We do know that Carlson behaves extremely strangely on a great many nights—and that his peculiar behavior rarely makes the front page.
Long ago, back in the age of Hannity / Limbaugh, we frequently said that major newspapers like the New York Times should treat such events as front-page news.
Gab is on today's front page. Carlson's behavior isn't.
Fox contributes to this erosion, but so does our own blue tribe. We often thought of sacred Nietzsche as we watched some elements of our tribe observing Thanksgiving this year!