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Leftists pounce on Tucker Carlson. Conservatives should, too.

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Update: Carlson responded.

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Social media is exploding after Fox News host Tucker Carlson had some of his old soundbites pulled from the ever-present historical clouds of the internet that revealed him making disgusting comments about underage girls, defending Warren Jeffs, and making generally misogynistic comments on radio shows from 2006 to 2011. He was hired by Fox News in 2009.

The clips, compiled by progressive propaganda machine Media Matters, are extremely damaging to a television personality who has built his reputation on being a straight talker.

My Take

Leftists are pouncing. They should be. These weren’t inaccurately characterized statements pulled out of context for the most part. These clips are indefensible and conservatives should be shaking their collective heads in unison.

Perhaps each one in a vacuum can be disregarded as careless, but the body of work Media Matters compiled demonstrates a trend that shouldn’t be dismissed by those of us who believe in conservatism, family values, and holding people accountable for their actions. If anything, we should be the loudest in condemning Carlson over his remarks even though he’s good at exposing leftist hypocrisies.

We lose credibility when we attack the left based on one set of rules but hide the rule book when someone fighting by our side strays. This isn’t one of those cases where someone was being a little too loose with their words at a time when such things were okay. The shock jock era wasn’t okay during the shock jock era, at least by my reckoning. If that’s what is required to get enough popularity in order to land a real gig, then it’s a path no conservative should follow.

Tucker Carlson should resign. He took it too far. I know it was in the past, but his willingness to say those things should disqualify him from being an influencer as part of a major news outlet. I know this opinion will be unpopular, but it’s how I feel.

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  1. Steven Flanders

    March 11, 2019 at 12:53 am

    A month or so ago I heard Tucker making some long overdue points against the inordinate amount of influence big corporate interests have over American, and especially Republican politics. I wondered at the time how long and how before he would be punished for his uppity attitude. Now it is clear that the crony capitalists will dispose of him in the same way they did Sarah Palin. No conservative voice can be raised against corporate greed. Only “socialists” get that subject. It is how the international fascist oligarchy coheres.

    • JD Rucker

      March 12, 2019 at 2:51 am

      I don’t disagree, but I believe Media Matters was working on their own accord. They love attacking conservatives and sometimes it hits home.

  2. Kim Harris

    March 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Having Tucker resign is what the left wants and is the tactic they use to get rid of conservatives. Yes, what he said was horrible but people make mistakes. No one is perfect except for the Lord. I just donated to your site and hope I made the right decision.

    • JD Rucker

      March 12, 2019 at 2:48 am

      I appreciate you, Kim. Your comments are thoughtful. No, the left doesn’t want to get rid of Tucker Carlson. They want Tucker to stay front and center representing conservatism so anything he says can be attacked on social media. They’ll say he’s “our guy” after saying he likes “that scenario” of school-age girls in dorm rooms exploring each other’s bodies. They want Tucker representing us when hundreds of conservative personalities are waiting in the wing to do exactly what he’s doing now, perhaps better.

  3. Gene Ralno

    March 11, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    These are the same democrats who support what Rashida Tlaib called President Trump when she urged that he be impeached. I don’t believe the moral equivalence argument is effective either but it’s not always a moral issue. If the democrats use obscenities when railing, why would anyone heed their whines when their enemies use it. Take a long look at Media Matters for a definition of obscenity.

    • JD Rucker

      March 12, 2019 at 2:50 am

      If would be totally different and I would defend Carlson, as I have done in the past, if it were simply obscenities. But he went too far with his references to school-age girls in sexual situations with each other. That’s not the guy I want representing the conservative movement.

  4. Al

    March 12, 2019 at 2:08 am

    The writer of this story sounds like a left wing, whining wimp….”Mommy, mommy, the man said bad things many years ago and my wittle hands are too small to cover my ears, so let’s punish him now.”

    This entire debate is not about what people said or did a long time ago.It is not about competing with the left to see who can rack up the biggest numbers of firings or resignations. it is about retaining freedom and holding at bay those who would take away that freedom, and Tucker Carlson has shown that he has become a staunch defender of that freedom.

    • JD Rucker

      March 12, 2019 at 2:45 am

      There are plenty of good, staunch defenders of freedom who see a problem with “liking that scenario” of children exploring each other’s bodies.

      As for being a left wing whining wimp, no. I’ve fought too hard to dismantle the hyper-leftist apparatus that feeds of faux-conservatives who defend people like Tucker Carlson. They LOVE the fact that faux-conservatives pretend like there’s nothing wrong with someone who argued in defense of a man that arranged marriage between adult men and female children. It perpetuates their lunacy and gives them no reason to listen to the tenets of “conservatives” who make excuses for people like Tucker Carlson as if there aren’t hundreds of other staunch conservatives who can have guests on Fox News and attack leftists.

      The problem with people like you is that you defend Carlson’s public declarations about child sexual activities, then go out there acting like your actions are benefiting America somehow. You troll the internet using false or incomplete names, and have the audacity to call someone fighting for a true conservative future for the nation, “whining wimp.” You, Al, are oh so brave. Stay anonymous, friend. It’s safer there. Tucker loves you either way.

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Big League Politics editor Patrick Howley speaks out against Fox News following Judge Pirro removal

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When Judge Jeanine Pirro questioned whether or not hijabs worn by Congresswomen was antithetical to the Constitution because it represented sharia law (which is definitely antithetical to the Constitution), the Council on American-Islamic Relations demanded Fox News remove the host and her show.

Fox News complied.

Conservatives across the nation are speaking out against the move and Fox News itself. We expressed our opinions about Fox News the other day, noting they’re not the place for conservatives to be finding their news. Now, conservative news source One America News brought on Big League Politics editor-in-chief Patrick Howley to give his perspectives on the firing and the future of Fox News.

To sum it up, Howley said “the only way to fight back against Fox News is to tune them out.” Considering the direction they’ve been taking recently, this is clearly sound advice. OAN is a great alternative.

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BlazeTV: Pro-Trump echo chamber and home of faux conservatives

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A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about how faux conservative Trumpists were a direct result of the faux conservative media.

Choosing the wide gate of compromise over the narrow gate of conviction, clickservatives in the faux conservative media have succeeded in spreading the lie that Trumpservatism equals conservatism while using conservative values as a commodity to be bartered for a seat at Trump’s table.

In the piece I mentioned above, I showed how the formerly conservative voices of Mark Levin and Glenn Beck were using their new BlazeTV partnership as a pro-Trump echo chamber and how they were using this fact as a marketing tool to find new subscribers.

Proof of the depths BlazeTV is apparently willing to go with its sycophancy was evident in a recent episode of the Glenn Beck Show when he participated in a discussion with Pat and Stu on the decline of manhood and declared that Donald Trump is the last male role model left in America.

While many so-called conservatives dismissed Beck’s statement as an isolated incident and called me out for “taking him out of context,” a recent interview with Trump’s defacto press secretary, Sean Hannity, showed Beck’s heart in the matter.

“If the Republicans don’t win this next election, I think we are officially at the end of the country as we know it. We may not survive even if we win, but we definitely don’t if the Republicans lose with Donald Trump.”

Fun fact: Beck once criticized Hannity for supporting “unprincipled” Trump.

While #notDemocrat fearmongering is nothing new for the GOP establishment — they play that card every two years — Beck’s fearmongering was solely for the purpose of supporting Trump and the GOP. Using Beck’s rationale, America might cease to exist under Trump, but it definitely ceases to exist under a Democrat — as if there’s a difference between the two.

It looks like Levin’s and Beck’s Trumpism is official company policy at BlazeTV, at least that’s the impression I came away with after yesterday’s episode of the Steve Deace Show.

In the opening portion of his show, Deace and his crew (Aaron and Todd) were making the case that Democrats were the party of abortion and used their position to endorse Trump’s and the GOP’s use of the late-term abortion issue in the upcoming election. But they went further.

They argued that Trump is a “long-term advocate” of ending late-term abortion — Deace gave his personal guarantee that this is true — and said pro-life conservatives should support Trump because #notDemocrat despite his doublemindedness on abortion and his continued funding of Planned Parenthood. And they stated that anyone who refused to “cheer” Trump’s use of the abortion issue in the upcoming election as they were going to do were most likely members of a “Never Trump cult” and/or a hypocrite.

I shared this on my Facebook account:

If BlazeTV chooses to sell its soul to Trump for a seat at his table, that’s up to them. But I’m saying “adios” to their faux conservatism.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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If you’re relying on Fox News to bring you ‘conservative’ news, try harder

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If youre relying on Fox News to bring you conservative news try harder

Mainstream media will do as mainstream media has always done. The creep to the left that started in the 70s has been inching the narratives to a progressive lean with notable lurches during the Reagan and Bush 43 years. But it was with the last two presidents that any facade of neutrality was wiped away. They loved President Obama and hate President Trump.

Fox News has been the only major network to not embrace leftist tenets, but here’s the thing. They’re not conservative. Sure, they have some conservatives as commentators and a few conservative show hosts, but generally they’ve been moderate for years. We saw this in the early days of the 2016 GOP nomination race when first Jeb Bush, then Marco Rubio were their anointed picks. Sean Hannity was the only one who jumped on the Trump Train early. Eventually, the channel eased itself on board, but not without keeping an anchor firmly attached to neoconservatism and barely right-of-center moderation.

Most viewers don’t realize this. They watch Fox & Friends, The Five, and other shows and they get the feeling that this is what conservative media looks like. But it’s not. This is what pro-Trump moderates look like (again, with a handful of exceptions).

They made an odd move yesterday by bringing on former DNC Chair Donna Brazile. In an effort to stay “fair and balanced,” it’s a good move for the network to want to expand their repertoire of leftists, but picking someone who lied on behalf of the DNC and Hillary Clinton to somehow be appropriate in delivering “truth” is the part that should make conservatives and leftists scratch their heads. Wasn’t she supposed to promote her book and then fade off into obscurity in a lobbyist role or something?

Today brought us another indicator of the left-of-center mentality Fox holds. They brought former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the person arguably most responsible for holding back the President from demanding the border wall while Republicans held control of the House, Senate, and White House, onto the board of their new Fox News parent company.

But it’s not necessarily the people they hire that reveals their ideology. It’s the absence of topics. One of the biggest reasons we push so hard to raise money for this site is because we know the need for conservatism and Christianity as being necessary driving forces in American life. We do not bow down to party, popularity, or ideological notions that seem conservative or Christian but are not.

Fox News, on the other hand, plays for Republicans rather than conservatives. We can see this in the topics they promote but also in the topics they avoid. Like all the other news channels, they are quick to talk about any types of terrorism or murder as long as the victims aren’t Judeo-Christian. They push the buzzing stories based on what’s trending on Twitter but they don’t dig deeper to the core of the matter. There are occasional moments of lucidity, especially with some of the conservative hosts, but for the most part they’re just a pro-Trump version of the other networks.

What America needs from the media is an inflexible dedication to what works. Some will argue that it’s not media’s job to guide the process, but commentary is specifically designed to do just that. President Trump has been guided in this way. We saw him considering is immigration stance “softening” in 2016 with Sean Hannity right there beside him. But it was the conservatives in his base who were telling him to stop the nonsense, and thankfully it worked. He didn’t soften and as a result he won the election.

Fox News is only conservative in relations to their competitors. They’re unwillingness to be bold in their philosophies prevents them from being the real counter to CNN, MSNBC, and others who have no qualms being hardcore leftists. Fox News isn’t the answer.

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