Tucker Carlson’s disgusting New Low
The more likely scenario is that, like much of what Carlson says on Fox, this is itself a hoax, a trick played on his own viewers to see how gullible they are, and a ploy to see how outraged he can make the rest of us. Like I said, high-level trolling — just because he can.
Lest you doubt this interpretation, I remind you that Fox’s own lawyers have argued this — that Carlson says things that are intentionally false, and you, the viewer, should be able to tell that from the “general tenor” of the show.
As the U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil wrote in an opinion dismissing a lawsuit against Carlson and Fox, “Fox persuasively argues, that given Mr. Carlson’s reputation, any reasonable viewer ‘arrive[s] with an appropriate amount of skepticism’ about the statements he makes.”
It’s a good warning, and one that should perhaps accompany every Carlson broadcast.
But it’s far too generous. I know many Fox viewers. I know them intimately. Some are family and close friends. And while individually some are reasonable and skeptical, as a bunch, they are not. They are irrational and unquestioning.
Only 18% of Fox viewers accept the 2020 election results. A majority of Fox viewers believed the threat of COVID-19 was exaggerated. Fox viewers were more likely to risk their own health and avoid safety precautions in the pandemic. A full half of those who consider Fox their primary news source believe that Bill Gates is using a coronavirus vaccine to inject people with a microchip.
In toto, this isn’t a population we should expect to bring reason and skepticism to Fox broadcasts, especially and including Carlson’s, which lead the network’s ratings.
Which is why his disingenuous, irrational and ludicrous war cry to call the police on the parents of mask-wearing children is so dangerous. His viewers will believe him. Just last week, in fact, anti-maskers lined up to berate elementary school kids for wearing masks.
I can’t think of anything more abusive and insidious than using your platform to make political pawns of children, and to do so just to incite anger and outrage. Just remember: He doesn’t believe it, and neither should you.
(S.E. Cupp is the host of "S.E. Cupp Unfiltered" on CNN.)
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