Last night TV Dinner Heir Tucker Carlson had a nutty:
Even Politico’s email thingie noticed:
IS TUCKER CARLSON LOSING HIS MIND?: OK, some of you will argue that he lost it long ago. But as careful students of his evening show, we’ve noticed that Carlson has gradually become more unhinged in recent weeks. He’s devoted enormous attention to apologias for the Jan. 6 insurrectionists. He seemed noticeably perturbed the night that DEREK CHAUVIN was found guilty. And under the banner of just asking questions! he has given quarter to anti-vaxxers and Covid-19 conspiracists.
But on Monday night, during a rant where it was hard to tell whether Carlson was serious or not — his Trump-like way of distancing himself from the content of his monologues is to always keep you guessing as to whether he’s just putting you on — Carlson made a comment that was beyond the pale even for him, and especially strange for a self-styled anti-nanny state libertarian.
“Your response when you see children wearing masks as they playshould be no different from your response to seeing someone beat a kid at Walmart,” he said. “Call the police immediately, contact child protective services. Keep calling until someone arrives.”
We hate wearing masks in uncrowded outdoor spaces as much as anyone, and hopefully the CDC will update its guidance on that today. But seeing parents abide by the current CDC advice that kids over the age of 2 “wear a mask correctly when in public and when around people they don’t live with” is not a good reason to sic child protective services on strangers at your local big box store. And we’re pretty sure Carlson knows that, even if some of his viewers might not, which makes his appeal to snitch on mask wearers even worse. Watch the full clip here
Tucker needs an intervention. That was unhinged, and if his elderly unvaccinated audience takes his message to heart, he’s hurting them and maybe killing them.
And of course, calling Child Protected Services repeatedly “until someone arrives” is really a terrible idea for a lot of reasons:
I do not know if there is anywhere in the country where the Trump-Virus is completely under control and I kinda doubt it. Here in King County WA, our Covid rate is spiking (again), and we are probably going to return to Phase 2 restrictions in the next week as we have easily fallen out of all the guidelines and metrics to stay in Phase 3, and yes, everywhere I look in the Emerald City there are unmasked people congregating.