Journalism’s Greg Marmalard
Charley Bravo - 12/29/2010
Last night the effervescent Tucker Carlson, opined that Michael Vick “should’ve been executed”. What is crazier about this segment, the absurd Fox contortionsim for the sake of methodologically insinuating Obama’s “disconnect” or that the guy who needs a third chance is bitching about the limits of redemption!?
Long gone is the bow tie, and the simple appellation “Tucker”. Not since the guy was brutally torched by Jon Stewart back in 06’. So devastating was Stewart that Carlson’s gig, Crossfire, was cancelled by CNN. He had to ditch the tie and rebrand in a move to MSNBC. And after washing out there, now he’s angling for prominence again with stupefying arbitrariness oozing through the cracks of the brand Marmalard veneer. It’s not only obvious which failures deserve no redemption, but which deserve death. Recalling the encounter with Stewart, it must be terrible being forced essentially into the stuff of comedy.
We have no really super-high opinions of Mr. Carlson. He had an opportunity to do something really cool with The Daily Caller (and save his own Stewart-smacked reputation in the process), but instead chose to make it another tawdry political site with no substance. They had one bonafide scoop which seemed to build their reputation (the RNC money scandal) and then blew all their credibility by choosing to go after other journalists for private conversations. From there, it’s been one bit of attention-grabbing after another.
And here’s what bugs us about the latest Carlson thing more than anything: He hasn’t bothered to explain his comments since this show. There’s no mention of them on The Daily Caller (not even in articles about Vick!), his Twitter is radio silence, and he hasn’t made a statement about them to the press. You’d think, if he’s going to say something as outrageous as this, he’d stand behind the comments once he’s made them. But he’s chickened out. And that’s why he’s a joke.
(One quick correction: Stewart smacked Carlson in 2004, less than a month before the election.)