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Why They Hate Tucker Carlson – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by Martin C. Fox on June 21, 2018

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https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/06/20/why-they-hate-tucker-carlson/

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No one is allowed to dissent from the official Establishment line: that’s the new dispensation in the media, and it is being enforced by the political class, which has launched a series of smear campaigns against anyone who dares question the conventional wisdom. Anyone who questions the veracity of the media, starting with our President, is deemed an “enemy of democracy,” because the media is supposed to be the foundation stone of a free society…

But what happens when the media becomes an instrument in the hands of Power, a weapon in the arsenal of a Deep State intent on exercising its veto over our democratically elected government?

That’s a question fake-“libertarian” Conor Friedersdorf doesn’t want you to even contemplate. Why? Because then, like Tucker Carlson, you’d be “hurting America.” That’s right, folks: “Tucker Carlson is Hurting America Again”! Yes, again!

Oh, when will they make it stop?

How and why is this hurting happening? Well, it seems Tucker stepped over the line by giving his audience the sort of advice I’ve given my readers time and time again:

“Last week, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, or else the eponymous populist demagogue that he plays on TV, declared on Tucker Carlson Tonight, ‘If you’re looking to understand what’s actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations.’

“He has previously hosted TV shows on CNN, MSNBC, and PBS.”

That last paragraph is supposed to clue you in to Carlson’s hypocrisy, and yet it will no doubt seem to the non-hysterical reader that Tucker’s experience in those vales of confirmation bias gives him some insight into how they report the news. And then there’s the snarky implication that Carlson doesn’t really believe what he’s saying – after all, how could anyone doubt the Russia-gate conspiracy narrative? Why, nobody at The Atlantic does! – and he’s just “playing” the “eponymous populist demagogue” on TV…

Which makes Friedersdorf not only a tool, but also a particularly contemptible human being who should be ostracized by all decent people.

Okay, enough about that contemptible little shill: let’s talk about what all this means, aside from the fact that Evil exists in the world. What is the lesson here?

Tucker Carlson is absolutely right when he tells us: “If you’re looking to understand what’s actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations.”

We here at Antiwar.com have been saying exactly that since our founding – indeed, it is why we were founded in the first place.

The media was an indispensable element in the campaign of lies that lured us into Iraq: without Judy Miller at the New York Times, and the dozens of fake news piece published by the Washington Post, and buttressed by dozens of pro-war editorials and op ed articles – not to mention the televised lies broadcast 24/7 – the worst foreign policy disaster in our history might have been avoided. The rest of the “mainstream” picked up this massive assault on truth and ran with it, and the rest is a tragic history indeed.

Public distrust of the “mainstream” media didn’t begin with Trump and his followers declaring “fake news” to be “the enemy of the American people” – it started when the lies that dragged us into war were debunked and the liars exposed. That’s why our audience has been growing steadily since that time: and that’s why we are known today as a reliable source of nonpartisan objective reporting and commentary on what is happening in our tumultuous world…

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