“Those who have been watching “Saturday Night Live” for a very long time will recall that Fred Garvin, Male Prostitutewas a loudmouth, dressed in garish clothing that was 10 years out-of-style, and was “available” to anyone and everyone who made it worth his time. We think that’s a pretty good description of Tucker Carlson, as well, particularly after Monday’s revelations about his cozy relationship with the “lamestream media.”
“On his show, of course, Tucker Carlson plays a bombastic, right-wing firebrand. If you didn’t already know, you could watch a clip of him and one of Stephen Colbert (when he hosted “The Colbert Report”), and you might struggle to figure out which one was “real” and which one was parody (Poe’s law in action). And part of the Tucker Carlson character, performed five nights a week on Fox “News,” is a constant barrage of attacks on the media (which is presented as near-universally left-wing), and its shortcomings, biases, errors, unfairness to Donald Trump, etc.
“As with Rush Limbaugh the radio-show character and Rush Limbaugh the person, there is clearly some distance between the TV Tucker and the real Tucker. It was The New York Times‘ Ben Smith who yesterday clued everyone into how big that gap just might be. It turns out that when he’s off the air, Carlson is constantly on the phone, not only with Republican insiders (including Donald Trump), but also with the same “left-wing” reporters that he has described, on-air, as “cringing animals who are not worthy of respect.” He often serves as a background source for stories about himself, about internal Fox politics, and about the Trump presidency (including some none-too-flattering stories about The Donald).”
The operative part of the NYTimes article…
“Mr. Carlson, a proud traitor to the elite political class, spends his time when he’s not denouncing the liberal media trading gossip with them. He’s the go-to guy for sometimes-unflattering stories about Donald Trump and for coverage of the internal politics of Fox News (not to mention stories about Mr. Carlson himself).”
“I won’t talk here about any off-the-record conversations I may have had with him. But 16 other journalists (none from The Times; it would put my colleagues in a weird position if I asked them) told me on background that he has been, as three of them put it, ‘a great source.’”
It’s cynical as hell on the part of TeeVee Dinner heir, vanity press owner, and notable Black Studies scholar Tucker Carlson; but damn if it isn’t also condemning of Our Failed Political Press ™.
We’ve long said that some of those unnamed sources in the 4th Reich were Prznint Stupid hisself (helloooo, Maggie Haberman!), but you know, pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain.
So the whole thing is officially a big joke? Good to know.