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Fri Jan 14, 2022, 08:15 PM

The accountability-free world of Tucker Carlson

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Philip Bump
Why does Tucker Carlson make so many unfounded claims without any accountability? Part of it is format. More of it, of course, is indifference.

Analysis | The accountability-free world of Tucker Carlson
It's not just that he is routinely dishonest. It's that he operates in a realm where that doesn't matter.
8:48 AM ∑ Jan 14, 2022


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Correction: This article originally stated that the square root of 9 is 6. The article has been corrected.

See that correction? Thatís not real. At no point did I misstate the square root of 9 in this article. Had I done so though, getting a basic fact like that wrong, such a correction would have been the result, sitting at the top of this article for everyone to read every time they come to this page. Thatís how it works for articles on the Web from institutions interested in self-correction. For a writer, itís painful, like executing a risky series of tricks on a snowboarding halfpipe only to have your wipeout go viral (to use a far cooler analogy than is warranted). But that is how it works.

This is not how it works on television. There are several important differences between television and writing online. One is impermanence: If you read these words, itís easy to come back and read them again if you wish to, whereas, on television, most commentary is transitory. Another is density: I can transmit a lot more information in writing than I can by speaking over the same period of time. (You just read the beginning of this paragraph. Now go back and read it out loud. Which was faster?) A third is constraint: If your show is one hour long, you have one hour. Thatís it.

So when something inaccurate is said on television, itís much harder to correct. Any on-air correction that isnít a flash in the lower third eats up programming time. In part, thatís because you have to give the context for what it is that youíre correcting, since itís not accompanying the original story. (This is a challenge for corrections in the print newspaper, too, although there we have more space to play with.) And, then, that explanation on TV takes longer than a written one because speaking is slower than reading. Thatís a lot of disincentive for on-air corrections ó and certainly one reason we so infrequently see them.

Thatís if you want to correct your mistakes, which Fox News and Tucker Carlson very obviously donít.


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Fri Jan 14, 2022, 08:43 PM

1. I used to think that advertisers pulling out would chasten him

But then I realized that Fox doesn't really care about advertisers. They get their $7 per month from every cable subscriber in the country. Whether we support them or listen to them or not. I've tried to tell my cable provider that I don't want to pay for Fox. They tell me I don't have a choice.

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Fri Jan 14, 2022, 09:16 PM

2. One day he will be reviled and shunned by all

That is my hope.
He needs to be completely shut out--treated as shit on the sole of a shoe.

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