MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2023
Carlson, ignored and unbound: Last Friday, we said we were going to spend this week reviewing Tucker Carlson's "meltdown."
(We're quoting Salon's Samaa Khullar, who reported what Carlson did.)
We didn't lie when we said that. But as it turns out, we misspoke.
It really would take at least a week to do justice to the ugliness, and to the stupidity and the menace, of the three Carlson programs in question.
To the jaw-dropping dumbness of the three programs. To the silence with which they were met.
It would take at least a week to review the ridiculous conduct in question. Since other topics await discussion, we're going to suggest that you familiarize yourself with what Carlson said and did on those three broadcasts of Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Beyond that, we'll suggest something else:
We'll suggest that you marvel at the silence with which those three broadcasts were met throughout the mainstream press and all through blue tribe cable.
At Salon, a very young journalist had the good sense to record what Carlson had said. But across the sweep of the mainstream press, Carlson's astonishing conduct was met with silence—with the type of silence with which such conduct has been greeted for roughly three decades now.
The mainstream press has averted its gaze dating all the way back to the 1990s, when the very holy Reverend Falwell was peddling a crackpot film about the many murders conducted by Bill and Hillary Clinton.
(There was no Internet then. Falwell had to parade across the countryside selling copies of his tape.)
The mainstream press corps averted its gaze from Falwell's remarkable conduct. In our view, the press corps' default to such silence—to such avoidance—hasn't worked especially well.
As of 1998, Gennifer Flowers was running a for-profit web site devoted to the same crazy theme—to the Clintons' many deeply troubling murders. Meanwhile, wouldn't you know it?
By 1999, the mainstream press corps was lionizing Flowers as one of our great truth tellers. Blue tribals don't know about this poisonous history because the children we've been trained to trust spend their time informing us about Spiro T. Agnew instead.
Which of Carlson's nightly programs are we talking about? We're talking about the set of programs which started on Tuesday evening, March 28.
By Thursday night, March 30, the lunacy and the menace were so strong that Khullar spoke up at Salon. Below, you see the dual headlines which sit atop the (partial) transcripts of the first two proframs in this poisonous sequence:
TUCKER CARLSON: The trans movement is targeting Christians
Tucker dissects what is not being said about shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee
TUCKER CARLSON: Garland lying when he says motive in Nashville school shooting hasn't been identified
Tucker takes a look at why the Nashville school shooter's manifesto has not been released
The trans movement is targeting Christians! With conduct which was perfectly captured by that truly remarkable headline, Carlson began the stupid and dangerous three-night "meltdown" which has gone almost wholly unnoticed.
By Thursday night, the "meltdown" had reached the point where Khullar spoke up at Salon. Understandably, the home site for Tucker Carlson Tonight has posted no transcript for Carlson's disordered program that night—but we posted the contents of its most remarkable segment the very next morning.
Meanwhile, consider this:
"The trans movement is targeting Christians!"
With the monologue recorded beneath that headline, Carlson began the three-night breakdown which would go almost wholly unnoticed. Last Friday, we gave you a tiny sample of the sheer stupidity with which Carlson pretended to establish his poisonous case on that first night.
On many nights (though not on all), the sheer stupidity of Carlson's performance is its defining characteristic. On those frequent occasions, Tucker Carlson Tonight is defined by Carlson's logical leaps and fractured facts.
On those nights, the program is defined by the sheer stupidity of the way Carlson paraphrases the statements of public figures. By the spectacular dumbness he brings to his parodies of "news analysis."
By the ease with which he selects his "facts." By the logical leaps he provides.
So it was on the three nights under review. That said, by Thursday night, March 30, Carlson's truly spectacular dumbness had turned to menace.
Carlson's "meltdown" had produced a genuine air of menace. The following day, a peaceful, easy feeling prevailed all over blue cable as the children joked and played.
If you review the transcripts in question, you'll find Carlson advancing some of the dumbest theses ever advanced on American air. This is the theory you'll see him advance—and no, we aren't making this up:
"Transgenderists" are murdering our Christian kids because "transgenderists" believe that they themselves are God!
"Transgenderists" believe that they themselves are God! That's the braindead, gong-show thesis this silly abandoned child spread across the countryside across the sweep of three nights.
"Transgenderists" believe that they're God! It would be hard to come up with something stupider than that—but Carlson is likely to try. At any rate, that was the theory Carlson drew from our nation's latest mass shooting—the mass shooting which took place at the start of that week inside a Nashville school.
By that Thursday night, Carlson and his guests were connecting the murders in Nashville to the indictment of Donald J. Trump, which had been announced that day. On that program—on the program for which no transcript has been posted—Jason Whitlock's performance showcased the anguish, the anger and the menace which can arise from the product Carlson is selling.
It would take at least a week to run through the sheer stupidity on display in these three programs. But out of that brain-jangling stupidity, there emerged an overt call to arms.
Whitlock offered that call to arms on Thursday evening, March 30. Carlson voiced agreement.
We posted the transcript the following morning. At Salon, a very young journalist had the good sense to report what Whitlock and Carlson had said and done that night.
Elsewhere, the waters closed over. Carlson's astounding performance was met with almost total silence. The mainstream press has behaved this way all through the era of Rush and Sean, but Carlson's work is becoming more dangerous still.
That Thursday evening, Whitlock's performance gave the world a troubling look at where Carlson's behavior can lead. To an extent which can't be measured, cable performances of this type have already given us January 6. The ongoing craziness of Carlson's "analyses" could lead to something worse.
It's very, very hard to know why Carlson behaves as he does. It's often said that he can't possibly believe the various things he says—that he simply can't be that stupid.
As with others, so too here. It seems to us it would take (carefully selected) medical / psychological specialists to create an intelligent discussion of behavior so odd and extreme.
For better or worse, that discussion isn't going to happen within the tents of the high-end mainstream press corps. Their journalistic "ethics" forbids such discussion!
(It's also true that our mainstream news orgs, as a group, may not have the technical chops to know how to talk about Carlson's work. They simply don't have those skills.)
We leave you today with one main thought—this silence of the lambs hasn't helped.
The silence of the lamps in the mainstream press. The silence of the lambs in blue tribe cable—the silence of lambs who have names like Joe and Mika and Nicolle and Lawrence and Rachel.
We've said it for the past twenty years. When millions of people are disinformed or misinformed or proselytized in such remarkable ways, it should be front-page news.
Dating all the way back to the very holy Reverend Falwell, the mainstream press has generally preferred to avert its gaze from such peculiar behavior. The longing for avoidance is understandable, but go ahead:
Read again what Whitlock said to Tucker Carlson that night. Jason Whitlock was wholly sincere, but "what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"
As before, so too today: To watch the tape of Whitlock's segment, you can just click here.