One of the enduring puzzles of the modern era is how Tucker Carlson revived his flailing career after Jon Stewart destroyed it in a single guest appearance. This article sheds some possible light: he stole Stewart’s masterful technique from the long-ago Crossfire segment and now employs a corrupted, ersatz version of it, indiscriminately, on guests and targets, both large and small.
I’ve never hidden my disdain for Tucker Carlson; he’s all the things he rails against. He sees his quest as telling the truth, but in the end it’s all dishonest showmanship and shouting, with one goal only: own the libs. There’s a reason Tucker inherited Bill-O’s spot on Fox News, his show is a post-modern, deconstructed version of the same schtick.
What’s not clear is whether Tucker sees it himself.
Anyway, this is a great read on a rainy Seattle morning. Two coffees!