After the horrific mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, the usual suspects on the Left have mobilized to take another stab at getting rid of Tucker Carlson. This time, they’ve trotted out the forgotten Carl Cameron, who was formerly a chief political correspondent at Fox News.
Following the time-honored tradition of never letting a good crisis go to waste, the mainstream media echo chamber has unanimously adopted the narrative that the commonsense views espoused by Carlson on his nightly program are “fringe” and “radical,” and are responsible for the mass shooting. Moreover, they make the mistake of all would-be totalitarians in supposing that they can eliminate the message by disposing of the messenger, apparently not realizing that Carlson is merely giving a voice to those who have too long been denied one.
It’s why there’s something particularly distasteful about the obvious glee with which left-wing outlets have greeted the Buffalo shooting, evidently sensing a chance to eliminate their ideological opponents once and for all. Case in point: on Tuesday, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace and guest Carl Cameron did their level best to impugn Carlson as the real culprit in the Buffalo massacre.
“I mean, obviously a mass shooter is responsible for the violence and the heinous acts that the mass shooter committed,” Wallace conceded, reasonably enough, in the opening to her segment. “It is also true that the ideology left in the mass shooter’s screed mirrors the ideology championed by Tucker Carlson.”
Wallace offered no evidence to confirm that untruth. The alleged shooter’s disjointed “screed” seems to consist largely of obsessive material on guns and paramilitary equipment, mixed in with memes and other material lifted from previous shooters’ manifestos from all over the world. Wallace also said nothing about the fact that the shooter had last year threatened to slaughter his high school graduating class and was clearly a deeply troubled individual who seemed determined to commit mass murder—whether for racial reasons or otherwise.
“What happens at Fox News when something like this happens?” Wallace asked Cameron.
“I can’t even imagine. That’s partly why I ended up getting out of there,” Cameron responded.
“I think the president did a great job,” he continued, perhaps proving in that one sentence why he’s no longer a chief political correspondent.
“I wish he had done a lot of this a lot sooner, and we need a lot more from the left and the middle, and we got to watch out because the Republicans have become the purveyors of misinformation, and when our two-party system is broken like that, democracy is seriously in trouble. The president acknowledged that it’s time to actually start doing things and maybe taking some names and putting people in jail,” he said.
So there you have it. A journalist and passionate partisan of “democracy” is advocating for jailing dissident journalists—which makes sense, given that Tucker Carlson’s real crime is being a relentless critic of the regime, from its foreign policy failures in Afghanistan and Ukraine to its reckless immigration policy, disastrous fiscal stewardship, COVID mismanagement, and inability or unwillingness to control crime in the country.
“I mean, wow, Carl,” Wallace rejoined with practiced eloquence. “Let me follow up with you: what you, I think, just touched on, maybe inadvertently, is that where the mainstream of America is is frankly where President Biden was today, saying the white supremacy is poison on our body politic. Explain then how Tucker Carlson has so many viewers because he’s not in the mainstream of the body politic. What he espouses is the fringe of the fringe.”
The obvious answer might be that the mainstream of America is frankly not where President Biden is, and that Tucker Carlson is popular because what he espouses is not the fringe of the fringe. But Cameron took a different tack.
“I really can’t channel how Tucker believes in any of this stuff and how the network can go through with it,” Cameron replied. “I will say this, however, it is very clear that this type of lying and deception is catching on. There’s racism across the borders, immigrants are being beaten up and being harassed more than ever. Judaism is constantly under fire, and all of this is essentially being accepted by a left—excuse me, a far, far-right community of people who have nothing but grievance based on lies.”
And that’s what they call a “Freudian slip.”
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