WASHINGTON. Fox News host Tucker Carlson has become the latest prominent conservative target of the left’s outrage machine. The Clinton-affiliated, Soros-funded Media Matters for America dug up an old clip in which Carlson refused to employ the self-censorship required under Political Correctness. The alleged verbal malfeasance(s) occurred during Carlson’s 2008 radio interviews with shock-jock Bubba the Love Sponge. As in the following.
“Iraq is a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semi-literate primitive monkeys… I just have zero sympathy for them or their culture. A culture where people just don’t use toilet paper or forks… they can just shut the f__k up and obey, is my view.”
Illuminating Absurdity with the Truth
What’s shocking in Carlson’s statement is its unvarnished truth, dripping though it was with farcical contempt. Many American lives were cut short in that backward, devil’s half acre known as Iraq. After all, Americans sacrificed blood and treasure for its people. And they were amply rewarded, as the Iraqis elected a government sympathetic to Iran’s totalitarian mullahs.
A damaged culture indeed.
Media Matters: Silencing the success of Tucker Carlson. And his livelihood.
The reason behind the Media Matters anti-Tucker Carlson campaign is the same as always: To scare timid advertisers from sponsoring Carlson’s nightly broadcast and to pressure the Fox News network to fire him because of it.
A coupld of years back, after successfully driving Bill O’Reilly off his popular Fox evening program, they tried to get Sean Hannity fired as well for alleged offenses that never happened. The effort eventually failed when Hannity fought back vigorously. They had tried to do the same to Rush Limbaugh in 2012 after he called contraception activist Sandra Fluke a “slut.” Rush is still there and still getting advertisers. Tucker Carlson is only the latest conservative pundit to come under attack by Media Matters.
The Fluke-Limbaugh controversy
Some years back, in testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a law student named Sandra Fluke insisted that religious-based institutions like Georgetown Univeristy Law School (which she was attending) should be forced to provide contraception under dictatorial Obamacare despite its contravening Catholic doctrine.
“Without insurance coverage, contraception can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school… Forty percent of female students at Georgetown Law report struggling financially as a result of this policy.”
But the obvious question no one in the mainstream media asked was a simple one.
“Why should the government force Catholic institutions to violate church doctrine and their First Amendment protection against state meddling to support the promiscuity of university students or their employees?”
That was the point Limbaugh chose to illustrate.
“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right?”
That comment was far from PC. But it “illustrates absurdity by being absurd,” as Limbaugh has often said.
But once Rush had noted the obvious on his show, the meticulously pre-planned Media Matters outrage machine erupted.
The power of ridicule
The orchestrated campaign started almost immediately. A lefty blogger at the DailyKos website – another Soros-funded media creature – angerly denounced Limbaugh’s rhetorical flourish as “a common form of argument, which seeks to demonstrate that a statement is false by showing that a false or absurd result follows from its acceptance.”
MSNBC producer James Holm fleshed out the political ramifications behind this conservative approach:
“Political talk radio listeners are vocal and active. They show up at town halls, call their congressional members, blog and vote. Politicians only listen to people who threaten their jobs. This is where Rush and his talk radio clones come in.”
And Limbaugh has 15.5 million weekly listeners. By way of contrast, the “progressive” Thom Hartmann Program has a mere 7 million.
That’s why Media Matters quickly put its pre-planned scheme to shut down Limbaugh’s advertising stream into play. As in the later cases of Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, they’d just been waiting for the excuse to take Limbaugh down.
The media boycott bit into the Limbaugh program’s revenue for a brief period of time. But it never booted his show off the air. Stalwart traditional advertisers remained to support Rush’s show. On the other hand, Limbaugh decided to permanently ban virtue-signaling departed advertisers like Carbonite and their ilk. Limbaugh enforced that ban even when a few of those departed advertisers quietly tried to make amends in order to get their ad slots back.
A roundabout way to win the ratings wars
This brings us back to Tucker Carlson. According to Tony Magio, writing at at the entertainment website “The Wrap,”
“So far in 2019, Carlson’s 8 p.m. program on Fox News Channel is averaging 2.9 million total viewers per episode, which is 41 percent more than Chris Hayes on MSNBC and a whopping 122 percent more than CNN’s Anderson Cooper.”
Left-leaning, mainstream media outlets may have glitzy luxury car and investment management companies as advertisers, but lag far behind in viewership. No wonder Carlson has become the left’s newest target for “de-platforming” and silencing.
The left doesn’t want to debate the issues. It can’t. So instead, the left gins up outrage in continuing attempts to kill its opponents’ ability to excersize free speech and, in so doing, earn an income for themselves, their families, and the networks that hire them. The left does not believe in free speech. They believe in telling us what we should do because they say so. Which is why they have no use for free speech. Someone might disagree with them. Like Tucker Carlson.
Tucker Carlson, however, chose to bring the fight back to Media Matters. That’s something they hadn’t counted on. And it’s something that every Conservative media personality and politician ought to try themselves.
Fox News conservatism sells. But the scolds of puritanical liberalism and “progressivism” turn off the normal and well adjusted. And they, in turn, turn off MSNBC and CNN.
The website “Glassdoor,” which allows employees to rate the companies they work for, offered the following choice observation from a disgruntled minion at Media Matters, the site that serves as ground zero for today’s anti-free speech “progressive” fascists.
“The majority of your time will be spent gutter-sniping and tracking low-hanging fruit such as [Fox’s] Sean Hannity saying something outrageous about Hillary Clinton, making you essentially a glorified Democratic PR firm.”
If nothing else, Tucker Carlson and his fellow Fox News hosts should take comfort in the knowledge that Media Matters is adding to that conservative cable news network’s triumphal ratings. And Tucker’s, too.
Top Image: Tucker Carlson. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikipedia.