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Miloch
2020-11-21 17:13:03 UTC
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(CNN) — Traitor. Globalist. Sellout.

Those weren't the insults reserved for a CNN or MSNBC anchor on Friday. No,
those were the insults aimed at conservative media darling Tucker Carlson. In
what feels like the most severe moment of backlash since his Fox News show
premiered in 2016, Carlson is fielding criticism from the right.

Carlson angered some of his audience Thursday when he called out Sidney Powell,
President Trump's attorney who has peddled wild conspiracy theories about the
2020 election. Carlson was careful not to deviate too far from the party line,
opening his show with deference to the fraud claims presented by Rudy Giuliani.
He also offered up reasons his audience should trust him. He explained to his
viewers that he had reached out to Powell for supporting evidence with an open
mind. And he pointed out his coverage of the Russia probe and how he never rules
anything out — even UFOs.

Then Carlson broke the news ever so softly to his viewers: He said that, despite
his polite requests, Powell had not provided a shred of evidence to support her
outlandish claims and had even told him to stop contacting her. Not only had she
failed to provide him with evidence, Carlson said, she had also failed to
support her claims to others in Trumpworld.

A dose of reality

Now I don't bring this up to suggest that Carlson deserves accolades for
acknowledging the truth of the matter on his program. Injecting a dose of
reality into one's coverage shouldn't be cause for praise. And that's not what
I'm getting at.

But what is remarkable is that, ever since he called out Powell, Carlson has
been the subject of denunciation by some on the right. His mentions on Twitter
have been flooded with disappointed viewers saying that they feel betrayed by
him. Right-wing websites have homed in on the controversy. And pro-Trump
internet personalities have criticized him for having the nerve to challenge
Powell.

Powell herself retweeted accounts attacking Carlson, including one that said
Carlson had thrown "one of his Fox Globalist directed temper tantrums" and is
"owned by The Syndicate." During a Friday morning appearance on Maria
Bartiromo's show, Powell bashed Carlson as "insulting" and "rude."

This is all to say we are at a place — a bad place — where some Trump supporters
will not believe any info that runs contrary to the Trump narrative, even if
it's Tucker Carlson delivering it. Dare to dissent from the Trump camp — even
politely and regarding a deranged conspiracy theory — and even someone like
Carlson will be attacked and called a traitor.

As I've pointed out before: Carlson and the other hosts and personalities on his
network are responsible for this culture on the right, perhaps never imagining
that it would come back to bite them. But now to some extent it is, even though
this isn't likely to hurt Carlson in the long run.

What Carlson said

Carlson made it clear on his Friday night show that he is aware of the
controversy his segment on Powell caused. "In the last 24 hours, we've heard
from a lot of people about that segment, including people in the White House and
people close to the president," Carlson said. Carlson went on to say that both
he and the White House agreed the election was "not fair" — but he also said
that, "like us," they have "not seen a single piece of evidence showing that
software changed votes."

On one hand, Carlson was appeasing his audience by fanning the voter fraud
flames. On the other, he seemed to be trying to pour cold water on Powell's even
more absurd conspiracy theory that millions of votes were changed by an
elaborate international plot to undermine Trump. "If Sidney Powell can prove
that technology companies switched millions of votes and stole a presidential
election, she will have almost single-handedly uncovered the greatest crime in
the history of this country and no one will be more grateful for that than us,"
Carlson said with the tone of someone who knows that will never actually
happen...

A Fox News spokesperson said Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell canceled scheduled
appearances on Jeanine Pirro's Saturday show. I pinged the Trump campaign for
more info, but didn't hear back.



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Mitchell Holman
2020-11-21 18:46:54 UTC
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(CNN) — Traitor. Globalist. Sellout.
Those weren't the insults reserved for a CNN or MSNBC anchor on
Friday. No, those were the insults aimed at conservative media darling
Tucker Carlson. In what feels like the most severe moment of backlash
since his Fox News show premiered in 2016, Carlson is fielding
criticism from the right.
Carlson angered some of his audience Thursday when he called out
Sidney Powell, President Trump's attorney who has peddled wild
conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. Carlson was careful not
to deviate too far from the party line, opening his show with
deference to the fraud claims presented by Rudy Giuliani. He also
offered up reasons his audience should trust him. He explained to his
viewers that he had reached out to Powell for supporting evidence with
an open mind. And he pointed out his coverage of the Russia probe and
how he never rules anything out — even UFOs.
Then Carlson broke the news ever so softly to his viewers: He said
that, despite his polite requests, Powell had not provided a shred of
evidence to support her outlandish claims and had even told him to
stop contacting her. Not only had she failed to provide him with
evidence, Carlson said, she had also failed to support her claims to
others in Trumpworld.
A dose of reality
Now I don't bring this up to suggest that Carlson deserves accolades
for acknowledging the truth of the matter on his program. Injecting a
dose of reality into one's coverage shouldn't be cause for praise. And
that's not what I'm getting at.
But what is remarkable is that, ever since he called out Powell,
Carlson has been the subject of denunciation by some on the right. His
mentions on Twitter have been flooded with disappointed viewers saying
that they feel betrayed by him. Right-wing websites have homed in on
the controversy. And pro-Trump internet personalities have criticized
him for having the nerve to challenge Powell.
Powell herself retweeted accounts attacking Carlson, including one
that said Carlson had thrown "one of his Fox Globalist directed temper
tantrums" and is "owned by The Syndicate." During a Friday morning
appearance on Maria Bartiromo's show, Powell bashed Carlson as
"insulting" and "rude."
This is all to say we are at a place — a bad place — where some Trump
supporters will not believe any info that runs contrary to the Trump
narrative, even if it's Tucker Carlson delivering it. Dare to dissent
from the Trump camp — even politely and regarding a deranged
conspiracy theory — and even someone like Carlson will be attacked and
called a traitor.
As I've pointed out before: Carlson and the other hosts and
personalities on his network are responsible for this culture on the
right, perhaps never imagining that it would come back to bite them.
But now to some extent it is, even though this isn't likely to hurt
Carlson in the long run.
What Carlson said
Carlson made it clear on his Friday night show that he is aware of the
controversy his segment on Powell caused. "In the last 24 hours, we've
heard from a lot of people about that segment, including people in the
White House and people close to the president," Carlson said. Carlson
went on to say that both he and the White House agreed the election
was "not fair" — but he also said that, "like us," they have "not seen
a single piece of evidence showing that software changed votes."
On one hand, Carlson was appeasing his audience by fanning the voter
fraud flames. On the other, he seemed to be trying to pour cold water
on Powell's even more absurd conspiracy theory that millions of votes
were changed by an elaborate international plot to undermine Trump.
"If Sidney Powell can prove that technology companies switched
millions of votes and stole a presidential election, she will have
almost single-handedly uncovered the greatest crime in the history of
this country and no one will be more grateful for that than us,"
Carlson said with the tone of someone who knows that will never
actually happen...
A Fox News spokesperson said Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell canceled
scheduled appearances on Jeanine Pirro's Saturday show. I pinged the
Trump campaign for more info, but didn't hear back.
Like all personality cults Trumpers
believe everything The Leader says and
lash out at even a hint that he may be
wrong.
super70s
2020-11-21 23:46:06 UTC
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Like all personality cults Trumpers
believe everything The Leader says and
lash out at even a hint that he may be
wrong.
Did you hear this Limbaugh caller "willing to die for Trump"? Hilarious.


Bill Flett
2020-11-21 23:50:18 UTC
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Post by Mitchell Holman
Like all personality cults Trumpers
believe everything The Leader says and
lash out at even a hint that he may be
wrong.
Did you hear this Limbaugh caller "willing to die for Trump"? Hilarious.
http://youtu.be/WWkwLY8smYc
And of course he is not willing to die for Trump, any more than Trump would
have charged into the school building in Florida to confront the gunman
murdering students.
Miloch
2020-11-21 23:52:10 UTC
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Post by super70s
Post by Mitchell Holman
Like all personality cults Trumpers
believe everything The Leader says and
lash out at even a hint that he may be
wrong.
Did you hear this Limbaugh caller "willing to die for Trump"? Hilarious.
http://youtu.be/WWkwLY8smYc
Like The Donald, it's all talk...give 'im 5 minutes and he'll forget he said
it!...everyone else will be saying that "willing to die for Trump" is for
'suckers' and 'losers'.



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Billy
2020-11-22 00:47:18 UTC
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Post by Mitchell Holman
Like all personality cults Trumpers
believe everything The Leader says and
lash out at even a hint that he may be
wrong.
Did you hear this Limbaugh caller "willing to die for Trump"? Hilarious.
http://youtu.be/WWkwLY8smYc
I want to shoot limbaugh callers. He's in a good place.

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