Each night, Tucker Carlson battles coastal liberal elites w/ his plucky demeanor and cheerful tribalism. But this version of the character was only written 3 years ago by legendary TV executive Roger Ailes.
Prior to Ailes’ rebranding, Tucker was your run-of-the-mill, Northeastern moderate elitist. Here’s Tucker defending close ally Karl Rove and his anti-Tea Party group “Conservative Victory Project”:
The Republican Party apparently isn’t strong enough to weed out the poor candidates…I mean, somebody’s got to be…a gatekeeper keeping morons from running for office.
More Tucker, pre-Ailes rebranding:
Tucker lols at populism
Tucker mocks Fox News’ populism shtick.
Tucker trashes Sarah Palin
Tucker sides w/ Karl in his feud w/ Sarah Palin.
Tucker defends his pornographic attacks on Sarah Palin
Greta scolds Tucker for publishing misogynistic remarks about Sarah Palin. After the conservative backlash, Tucker “added context” (aka threw in a bunch of shit to make it seem like a legitimate article– no judgment, MFP does that all the time).
Tucker censors immigration hawks
Anti-amnesty activist Mickey Kaus resigned from Tucker’s website after Tucker personally pulled an article accusing Fox News of pro-amnesty bias:
“It’s pretty simple,” Kaus said in an interview, “I wrote a piece attacking Fox for not being the opposition on immigration and amnesty — for filling up the airwaves with reports on ISIS and terrorism, and not fulfilling their responsibility of being the opposition on amnesty and immigration…I posted it at 6:30 in the morning. When I got up, Tucker had taken it down. He said, ‘We can’t trash Fox on the site. I work there.'”
That the Tucker character is now considered real by so many on the Right is a testament to Ailes’ talent and deep understanding of the Fox News low-information audience.