TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2023
The topic was never discussed: It seemed to us that Tucker Carlson was especially demagogic / disordered last night.
He has truly become a master of the leap in logic and the unfounded factual claim mixed with the smirk and the sneer, along with his very strange laugh. On evenings like last night, the dissembling comes so thick and so fast, and in so many variations, that it's quite hard to keep up.
Apparently, the millions of people who watch his show don't realize that they're being misled. For that reason, one part of Rupert Murdoch's newly released testimony is truly stomach-churning.
(It was "like a fire bell in the night," one well-known American citizen once said.)
We refer to Murdoch's testimony in the lawsuit being brought against Fox by Dominion Voting Systems. Headline included, the start of the New York Times' front-page report captures that part of the testimony:
Murdoch Acknowledges Fox News Hosts Endorsed Election Fraud Falsehoods
Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the conservative media empire that owns Fox News, acknowledged in a deposition that several hosts for his networks promoted the false narrative that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald J. Trump, and that he could have stopped them but didn’t, court documents released on Monday showed.
“They endorsed,” Mr. Murdoch said under oath in response to direct questions about the Fox hosts Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro, Lou Dobbs and Maria Bartiromo, according to a legal filing by Dominion Voting Systems. “I would have liked us to be stronger in denouncing it in hindsight,” he added, while also disclosing that he was always dubious of Mr. Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud.
That's the start of today's front-page report about Murdoch's testimony. That passage is a bit imprecise about the nature of the "false narrative" which several Fox hosts endorsed—but that being said, good God!
Disordered as Carlson so commonly is, four Fox hosts were more at fault in the immediate aftermath of the 2020 election! Specifically, we refer to their now-acknowledged "endorsement" of the crazy claim about the way Dominion's voting machines had supposedly taken millions of votes for Donald J. Trump and scored them as votes for Joe Biden.
By now, Carlson's dissembling is truly shocking in its degree of moral and mental disorder. Just a bit more than two years ago, four Fox hosts were worse!
Four Fox hosts were worse—and Murdoch himself let it go! The financial rewards are too damn high— and just for the record, things aren't necessarily all that great Over Here.
Last night, Carlson's scattershot dissembling went on and on and on. We may review the particulars tomorrow—but for right now, we're puzzled by what we saw, or by what we didn't see, on today's Morning Joe.
There it sat, on the Times' front page, the report about what Murdoch had said under oath! By any measure, it was major news—but when the Morning Joe carnival came on the air, the children completely ignored it.
As this morning's show began, Joe and Mika were joined by two sidekicks and three guests. Or they may have been joined by three sidekicks and only two guests. It all depends on the way you conduct your census.
Whatever! Major news about Fox and Trump was sitting right there on the Times' front page—and in the first minute of the program, Mika teased it as an upcoming topic.
That's when the weirdness started. From that point on, Morning Joe's gashouse gang just pattered on, completely ignoring this very high-profile topic.
We kept checking in through the first two hours, and we never saw the topic being discussed. Right on up through 8 A.M., this morning's discussions were a notably weird Grade A tapioca, as you can see for yourself.
As you can see by searching on the Internet Archive's recording of the four-hour show, Murdoch's testimony was completely ignored until 9:15 A.M.
At that point, Mika read an extremely brief "hostage statement"-style account of the matter, then instantly moved ahead to what she called "other news." Joe was present until at least 8:30 A.M., but this rather obvious topic was simply never discussed.
The program was playing some sort of a game. The Fox News Channel is very powerful, and we the people seem to get conned in a wide assortment of ways.
Mika taken hostage: Again, to see Mika's hostage statement, just click on the Internet Archive's recording of the four-hour show, then search on the key word "Murdoch."
Judging from appearances, someone must have been holding a paycheck to her head! But as you can see through your "Murdoch" search, the topic was never discussed.