Friday, August 12, 2005

This Week's
Backside Of The Bell Curve


Cable TV's
Modern Day Veruka Salt

"I'm a big fan of the bombing and murder of peaceniks!"

Normally, I would ignore anything Tucker Carlson says.

But, he's said this twice...

In his June 22 and July 15 shows of "The Situation with Tucker Carlson," the bow-tied conservative praised French agents' July 10, 1985 attack on Greenpeace's "Rainbow Warrior," in New Zealand's Auckland Harbor, according to transcripts on MSNBC's Web site.

Carlson said he was "objectively pro-France. You know, France blew up the Rainbow Warrior, that Greenpeace ship in Auckland Harbor in the '80s. ... It won me over." At another point, Carlson called the mining of the ship "a bold and good thing to do."

MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines said Carlson's opinions are not those of the cable channel. Carlson could not be reached to comment directly.

The Greenpeace Ship 'Rainbow Warrior,'
which sank in the Auckland harbor on July 10,
after two explosions on board.

"Terrorists do not need any further encouragement to commit their horrific acts," John Passacantando, Greenpeace USA's executive director, wrote to the FCC. "This violent act against the Rainbow Warrior did not just destroy property. It took the life of Fernando Pereira, the ship's photographer, who drowned below deck, leaving behind two young children." LINK

I never really bought the network-created "Margaret Carlson on the left & Tucker Carlson on the right" crap. Until then, Tucker Carlson wasn't a rabid rightwinger.

But he accepted the role, which he continues to play, because he makes money doing it.

Somewhere along the way, Tucker's rightwingnut persona transcended his ability to communicate any sense of compassion for anyone politically left of Bob Novak.

Tucker Carlson is not 8 years old anymore.

Without the magic of make up and carefully filtered lighting, his smarmy "cuteness" would look downright grotesque.

Tucker's on his way out (he's been replaced by that freak-voiced Rita Cosby in prime time), and his "new" 11 pm show has produced truly sucky ratings.

No wonder he's becoming the brat boy of cable "news" asshattery: Tucker will do anything to boost his pitiful ratings.

I look forward to the day when 65 year old Tucker Carlson still sports that smarmy smirk and wonders why people laugh in his Max Factored / Dorian Gray face.

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