Lachlan Murdoch last month sent a memo to his colleagues at Fox Corp. asserting that “The Fox culture accepts and fosters variety and inclusion.” Murdoch is the executive chairman and CEO of Fox Corp., the business that supervises Fox News. A various male, nevertheless, decides how Fox News resonates with the American public. That male is Tucker Carlson, the wealthy and extremely privileged anchor of the network’s 8 p.m. hour. On today’s shows, Carlson has required to assaulting Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who is attracting attention as a possible running mate for presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Carlson looked for to kill this buzz with a contrived line of attack. On Sunday, Duckworth appeared on CNN with Dana Bash, who asked the senator whether statues of folks such as George Washington ought to fall. “Well, let me just state that we must begin by having a national discussion on it at some time,” stated Duckworth on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “However, today, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic. And our … among our ally … one of our … nations that are opposed to us, Russia, has actually put a bounty on American troops’ head.”
Typical politician answer, right?
Incorrect! Carlson discovered a scandal in there, as he explained on Monday night:
So what to make of all of this? Well, it’s long been considered out of bounds to question an individual’s patriotism. It’s a very strong charge, and we attempt never to make it However in the face of all of this, the conclusion can’t be avoided. These people in fact hate America. There’s no longer a question about that. And yet, paradoxically, at the same time, they desperately wish to control America more than anything, and that leads to the many basic of all concerns. Can you actually lead a nation that you dislike?
Boldface contributed to highlight a lie. Carlson has been stating for a long period of time that Democrats dislike the United States. We have actually documented a few of those circumstances here
Following the show, Duckworth tweeted:
That tweet gave Carlson just enough of a foothold for more hate on Tuesday night, connected to the question of Washington statues. “George Washington was a genuinely fantastic guy. But to idiots like Tammy Duckworth, Washington is simply some old white man who requires to be erased,” said Carlson. “Let’s tear down his statues, relabel our capital city Sharpton or Mandela and let the transformation continue.”
He then continued to grumble that Duckworth wouldn’t dispute him on the air– after he implicated her of hating the nation.
Not content to limit the calumny to one female Democratic politician, Carlson stacked on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who just recently said, “As long as our economy and political systems focus on revenue without considering who is benefiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality,” said Omar. “So we can not stop at [the] criminal justice system. We need to start the work of dismantling the entire system of oppression, anywhere we discover it.”
What an atrocity! Carlson had had it:
The issue is, there are a lot of us here who simulate this country. We live here. We do not want to damage it. We have every right to combat to protect our country and our heritage and our culture.
And when vandals like Tammy Duckworth and Ilhan Omar tell us that we’re not allowed to question their patriotism, even as they shout about how dreadful America is, we have every right to laugh in their faces– and we should.
However hold on a 2nd. With that talk about profit and equality, Omar sounded a fair bit like a certain Fox News host. “Individuals in charge are complimentary to pursue policies that are disconnected from the general public good but that have, not coincidentally, made them richer, more powerful, and far more self-satisfied,” composed Carlson in his book “ Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Gentility is Bringing America to the Brink of Transformation” Another passage: “The rich now live on the other side of a rope line from everyone else. They stand in their own lines at the airport, sleep on their own limited floors in hotels. They see sporting events from skyboxes, while everybody else sits in the stands. They go to different schools. They eat various food. They ski on private mountains, with individuals quite like themselves.”
So what issue does Carlson have with Omar, or Duckworth? A chyron from Tuesday night’s program may assist with an explanation:
Both politicians included in Carlson’s beatdown are ladies of color– Duckworth, who is Thai American, and Omar, who was born in Somalia. As was noted by the HuffPost and by Twitter users, the message in the chyron above echoes the 14- word white supremacist motto, “we must protect the existence of our individuals and a future for white kids.” That despiteful spirit undoubtedly notified yet another section by Carlson from a year ago, likewise versus Omar: “Ilhan Omar is living evidence that the way we practice immigration has actually ended up being harmful to this country. A system designed to strengthen America is, rather, weakening it. A few of the very people we attempt hardest to help have concerned hate us passionately.”
We have actually asked Fox News to talk about this newest round of bigotry and division. We also asked Fox Corp., Lachlan Murdoch’s roost, to weigh in on the matter. How does questioning the patriotism of 2 politicians of color square with Murdoch’s message of diversity and inclusion? So far, no response.
In similar manner in which racism worked for governmental prospect Donald Trump, it’s working for Carlson. The host recently notched a record 4.331 million viewers in the second quarter of this year Questioning the patriotism of Democrats; preaching the politics of white complaint; and propagating false and deceptive reports has rather a constituency.
And who’ll speak out against it? Where’s Murdoch, Mr. Inclusion and Variety? Where are the folks on the so-called news side of Fox News? Does Bret Baier, for example, think that Duckworth dislikes the United States? Does Chris Wallace regard Duckworth and Omar as vandals? Or do they all feel powerless versus a prime-time host with huge rankings?
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