Each night, Tucker Carlson battles coastal liberal elites w/ his plucky demeanor and affable tribalism. But this version of the character was only written 3 years ago by the great Roger Ailes. Prior to Ailes’ rebranding, Tucker was your run-of-the-mill, Northeastern moderate elitist.
Here’s Tucker defending close ally Karl Rove’s 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.”
Tucker lols at populism
Tucker mocks Fox News’ hosts populism shtick.
Tucker trashes Sarah Palin
Tucker sides w/ Karl in his feud w/ Sarah Palin.
Tucker defends trashing Sarah Palin
Greta scolds Tucker for publishing misogynistic remarks about Sarah Palin. After the uproar, 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 accepted as a populist conservative is a testament to Ailes’ talent and deep understanding of Fox’s low-information audience.