WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2023
At Salon, a young journalist spoke: Late last Friday afternoon, a peaceful, easy feeling prevailed oner blue tribe cable.
News of Donald J. Trump's indictment had been released the day before. As we noted yesterday, viewers were rewarded with some good strong tribal reinforcement on Friday's Deadline: White House.
In just the first three minutes of the show, Nicolle Wallace made two (2) references to the presence of "our favorite reporters and friends." She also assured us that "our legal friends" would be on hand to explain the whole darn thing.
We had even been granted one "lucky for us"—all in the first three minutes! Also, Trump was ritualized as "the twice-impeached, disgraced ex-president." That was the first thing she said!
Right at the start of her show, an all-new and newly relaxed Wallace favored us with a shower of incantations. Blue tribe viewers would be rewarded for the next two hours with a peaceful easy feeling concerning events in Wallace's narrow world.
Elsewhere, earlier in the day, a young reporter at Salon had exhibited better judgment.
That young reporter, Samaa Khullar, is a senior at NYU. She had watched red tribe cable the night before.
She had derived no peaceful, easy feeling from what she had seen that night. We had watched red tribe cable too—and we'd been alarmed by what we saw.
In Friday morning's report, we posted the transcript of one especially startling segment from Thursday evening's Tucker Carlson Tonight. Shortly after noon that same day, Khullar's report appeared at Salon, beneath this dual headline:
Fox News stokes fears of political "violence" over Trump indictment
"I hope you're ready for whatever's next," one pundit said. "If that's what they want, let's get to it"
The overwritten, fuller headline was a bit less than fully artful. That said, Carlson's program on Thursday night had indeed seemed to stoke fears of such violence, or had perhaps done something a great deal worse.
Later that Friday, the city mice would laze about on Deadline: White House. More alertly, Khullar seemed to think that there were certain things the public needed to know.
The young reporter's aim was true. Her report began as shown:
KHULLAR (3/31/23): Fox News host Tucker Carlson had a meltdown on his show Thursday night after news broke that a Manhattan grand jury indicted former President Donald Trump in a hush-money case, calling it a targeted "political purge" against Republicans.
"The rule of law appears to be suspended tonight, not just for Trump but for anyone who would consider voting for him," Carlson said on his show. "This is what it seems to be. It is a political purge."
"It almost feels they're pushing the population to react," he said, referring to Democrats. "'We think they're demoralized and passive, let's see if they really are.' At what point do we conclude they're doing this in order to produce a reaction?"
While Carlson implied that there might be "retaliation from red states," his guests were much more straightforward in their warnings of political violence.
There had been no peaceful, easy feeling on Thursday's Tucker Carlson Tonight!
Carlson's guests had indeed been fairly straightforward in their "warnings" of political violence. For ourselves, we'd say that Khullar was being a bit soft with her use of that particular word.
At one point, one guest had moved beyond "warnings." Still and all, for better or worse, Khullar had chosen to start a bit slow:
KHULLAR (continuing directly): Comedian Adam Carolla asserted that "people are going to go out and protest. Somebody is going to do something stupid and then they're going to fire up the DOJ, just like January 6th."
Carlson then claimed that Republican voters were being "pushed into a corner." Carolla responded: "I feel like it's to get them to react so that the government can now swoop in."
The Deep State was going to lock them all up! At this point, Khullar posted a tweet which noted that Carolla was "the third Tucker Carlson guest tonight to claim Trump supporters are being set up to react violently."
The specter of violence had been general on the Carlson show. At this point, Khullar described the remarkable segment we ourselves had transcribed:
KHULLAR (continuing directly): Sports columnist Jason Whitlock then accused Democrats of "agitating for unrest" and cautioned that he is "ready for whatever's next."
Whitlock's rhetoric closely resembled the former president's calls to action from his supporters after the 2020 election. "I hope every other man out there watching this show, I hope you're ready for whatever's next," Whitlock told Carlson. "If that's what they want, let's get to it."
Khullar offered more detail about Whitlock's extended remarks.
As we noted last Friday morning, Whitlock seemed to have gone well beyond a mere "warning" about future violence. It seemed to us that he was offering an obvious call to arms.
Thus spake Jason Whitlock in reaction to Trump's indictment. To her credit, Khullat didn't stop there. She even reported what Glenn Beck had said:
KHULLAR: Radio host Glenn Beck echoed Whitlock's inflammatory remarks.
"They wanted violence from the right from the beginning," Beck told Carlson, arguing that Democrats were purposely trying to provoke Republicans by indicting Trump. "They can't wait [for] it. They need it. They want you to strike out. Why? Because then they can close the cage."
Beck also predicted that the country would be "at war" by 2025.
Khullar linked to videotape of Beck's inflammatory but fuzzy segment.
(With whom would "the country" be at war by 2025? Beck wasn't specific about that, but the air of great menace prevailed.)
Carlson's hour last Thursday night was one of the most remarkable hours we've ever seen on "cable news." Lucky for us blue tribe viewers, if we watch Wallace's two-hour program each day, we city mice will never be required to know what the country mice are saying.
We get to enjoy an easy feeling, reinforced by our favorites and friends. We won't be forced to lose our mellow by knowing that there's a bad moon rising over there in the other tribe.
Last night, our blue tribe pundits adopted a vaudevillian air during the 8 o'clock hour. A peaceful, easy feeling had been replaced by the lamebrain mugging and clowning our tribe has come to love.
We'll give you excerpts this afternoon. For now, let's end with this:
Carlson's program last Thursday night involved a bad moon rising. That said, his programs had possibly been even uglier, and more dangerous, on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
On blue tribe cable, you aren't encouraged to know such things. The New York Times and the Washington Post also avert their gaze in the face of such peculiar, disturbing events.
The mainstream press and our own blue tribe have played it this way forever. At this site, we've long said that it's an unwise way to play.
Nicolle reassured us with incantations. Last night, Rachel massively clowned.
Last Friday, shortly after noon, a very young reporter spoke at Salon. A very large tree fell in the forest, and nobody heard a sound!
Tomorrow: Tucker on Tuesday and Wednesday nights
Friday: The Post and the Times look away