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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 03:30 PM

Tucker Carlson's Pathetic Descent into the Gutter of Hackdom

In many ways Tucker Carlson’s a better symbol of the pathetic state of what passes for conservative journalism than even Glenn Beck or the late Andrew Breitbart, to name two of his contemporaries with a much larger following. Glenn Beck started as a no-account shock jock and is now a no-account Internet show host. Breitbart at least went from Drudge lackey to successful right-wing media mogul. Carlson, though, began his career in the most respectable fashion possible and has spent the ensuing decades gradually lowering himself into the gutter. His story illustrates why we can’t have a responsible or at least slightly less hysterical conservative media.

The Daily Caller, the site he launched with a promise to offer a new model for conservative journalism, is primarily a catalog of sleazy traffic-baiting aggregated Web garbage (“Top 10: Most beautiful ‘most beautiful’ women “), ancient relics of online commentary with nowhere else left to publish (Ann Coulter, Mickey Kaus), and overblown scandal-mongering headlines that promise much more than they can deliver. In other words it is like a mean-spirited parody of a conservative version of the pre-AOL Huffington Post, with a healthy dose, recently, of attention-grabbing race baiting. This is not the sort of thing Carlson used to be known for.

Raised in WASP-y boarding school privilege to a prominent Republican family (mom was heiress to a frozen-dinner fortune, dad an anchorman and eventually media executive), Carlson was never going to want for work in the conservative media world. But initially, at least, he worked hard. He began as an assistant editor at Policy Review, the sober conservative intellectual policy journal published then by the Heritage Foundation. There he wrote mostly ponderous pieces on popular intellectual conservative trends of the early 1990s: Chuck Colson’s prison fellowship program, the growing market for rent-a-cops to supplant the public police, etc.

http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/155163/tucker_carlson%27s_pathetic_descent_into_the_gutter_of_hackdom?page=1

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Blue_Tires Apr 2012 OP
leftynyc Apr 2012 #1
Rambis Apr 2012 #2
joeybee12 Apr 2012 #3
freshwest Apr 2012 #5
11 Bravo Apr 2012 #4
progressoid Apr 2012 #6
hifiguy Apr 2012 #7
tanyev Apr 2012 #8
JoePhilly Apr 2012 #9
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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 03:32 PM

1. Tucker has been toast

since Jon Stewart skewered him on CNN. He'll never recover.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 03:32 PM

2. To be fair they all started in the gutter

and none of them have ever managed to crawl out.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 03:33 PM

3. How can Tucker descend when he began at rock bottom anyway?

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 03:46 PM

5. +1

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 03:39 PM

4. When Jon Stewart called him an "asshole" to his face, Tucker must have sensed ...

the beginning of the end.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 04:20 PM

6. Tucker who?

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 04:22 PM

7. It was a very short fall.

Kinda like stepping off the curb.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 05:17 PM

8. As long as he doesn't try dancing again.

*shudder*

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 05:31 PM

9. WAIT .... I heard that Tucker "Snake Plissken" Carlson was dead!!!

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 05:45 PM

10. "Descent?"

wouldn't the gutter of hackdom be a step up?

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