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Jesse, try that again with some enthusiasm:

Quote:JOHN ROBERTS: "The BOK Center is about two-thirds full."

JESSE WATTERS: "Looks packed and definitely sounds packed."
Gym Jordan is in sheer ecstasy right now:

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Fox News Blonde Dimwit #345,216,098 goes on a "funny" rant about Jimmy Kimmel taking time off to be with his kid...Greg Gutfeld informs her that Jimmy's kid has a heart condition. She didn't know that. Whoops!
Yuk yuk.
"Fans of the group K-pop."

Video at the link.  Fox has the pulse of the kids, that's for sure!
Trump now railing against the horrible, vicious, politically correct people of...uh...Fox News -
The red-state surge of coronavirus cases (not including California, obviously) is really worrying Tucker Carlson, as shown here:


Oh, wait, maybe he's not worried about it.
Interesting, interesting. Biological pus sacks competing as Republican candidates have won several elections recently as well.

Quote:DOJ is literally helping to produce this segment of Fox & Friends, according to this email released via #FOIA

Tucker Carlson, who pinned "boogaloo" murders on Black Lives Matters protesters and is a fan of noted criminals Donald Trump and William Barr, thinks the  Justice Department needs to label BLM protesters as domestic terrorists:

Quote:Maybe the most deranged rant I've ever heard on Fox News

Video at the link.
No surprise. Carlson's been wearing his white supremacist beliefs on his sleeve for quite a while now.
Maria Bartiromo just doesn't understand the polls:

Quote:On Fox News this morning, Maria Bartiromo asked White House trade advisor Peter Navarro how it’s possible that President Donald Trump is trailing Joe Biden in the polls.

"This president has been the law and order president. This president has been the first president to really push back on China and all of their decades of theft of American intellectual property. Setting up a city within your own city, guarded by guns in Seattle, CHOP, trying to do the same thing in Washington and in Providence. This would be fatal in any other time,” Bartiromo started.

“And yet look at these polls, Peter,” she continued. “How is it possible that the law and order president, in the middle of all of this, the president who’s got jobs and the economy number one, is trailing Joe Biden in every poll that you look at?”

She brought up Fox News’ own poll showing Biden beating Trump 50-38 and again asked, “We go through all the polls and all of the polls say the same thing, that Donald Trump is trailing with 127 days to go into the November election. How is this possible? What is going on?”

Navarro dismissed the polls and said he’s “not a big head-to-head match-up poller,” telling Bartiromo he thinks the election will come down to jobs, China, and law & order reform.
"Not a big head-to-head match-up poller"...

It's the a good thing the election is a 100 person field, then!
Sen. Grassley continues to mostly blame Fox News and Sean Hannity for Trump's inability to outline plans for a second term in the softest of softball questions:

Quote:One of the most notable exchanges from President Donald Trump’s Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity was the president’s odd response to one of the most straightforward questions for an incumbent: what are you second term plans?

The president started talking about the importance of experience before going on various digressions and ending with a swipe at John Bolton.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R- IA) was frustrated by that exchange, chiding both Trump and Hannity.

Over the weekend, Grassley tweeted, “Does FOXNews want Trump Re-elected?”

He made it clear he wasn’t happy that the president got off-message and that Hannity “help[ed] digress” from the important answer — which Grassley said should be “FOUR MORE YEARS OF DRAINING THE SWAMP &Justices.”

Grassley, per the Washington Post, elaborated on the issue to reporters Monday:

“I would blame Fox more than I blame the president, because the president, it’s easy for him to digress here and there, but Hannity — you assume Fox wants him to get reelected. Okay, so he says what’s your plans for the next four years? So the President starts to answer it. And then digresses a little bit. Hannity should have got him back on the subject. So it’s pretty simple. I just want the president to be re-elected.”
Over and over people from all arenas agree on one thing: FOX is not a news network.
(06-30-2020, 05:11 AM)Iron Maiden Wrote: [ -> ]Hahahaha!

My new desktop...

Again, it's astounding how little Fox thinks of its own viewers intelligence.
Well, at least, Tucker's admitting that the Benghazi and Strrzok investigations were bullshit.

Mostly, he's seeing the real possibility that the U.S. dumps Republicans this November, and he's trying to wash his hands now and set himself up as relevant post-Trump just in case.

Quote:Fox News’ Tucker Carlson opened his show Tuesday again going after the Republican party for not doing more to serve the interests of their voters, saying they’re “failing” and that “partisan junk food” isn’t going to cut it anymore.

Carlson recalled his heated interview with Senator Mike Braun Monday night to say he’s exemplary of “weak” Republicans who don’t “believe in anything.” And he warned viewers that Republicans “at all levels” could lose in November, and if they do “there will be profound consequences for you.”

“People who supported Donald Trump will be punished, there’s absolutely no question about that,” Carlson said. “There’s never been a political party as radical and as angry as the Democrats are now.”

He told viewers that like it or not, the GOP is their “only shield” no matter how frustrating it can be to voters, and Carlson laid out what he believes the future of the GOP should look like in three points, including “a vigorous defense of total equality under the law.”

“That means that criminals like Jeffrey Epstein must go to jail the first time they are caught molesting children. It means your children must have precisely the same chances of getting into college or getting a job as anyone else’s children. It means fighting to make this a color-blind meritocracy. A color-blind meritocracy. Say it again. The alternative to that is disaster. Slavery and Jim Crow were immoral precisely because they punished people for how they were born.”

Carlson also said Republicans need to be protecting people’s free speech and get back to serving their interests:

“Middle-class families no national spokesman, they have no lobby in Washington. Republicans pretend to be their champion, you know by now they are not. Instead of improving the lives of their voters, the party feeds them a steady diet of mindless symbolic victories, partisan junk food designed to make them feel full even as they waste away. Who cares how many Benghazi hearings we have? We’re supposed to care, why should we? How did Peter Strzok’s text messages become more important than saving American jobs from foreign nationals who are taking them? It is lunacy. We fall for it every time. And to the extent this show has participated in it, we apologize with deepest sincerity.”
Wow. Tucker scairt.
Hahaha Carlson even admitting that Jim Crow is a real thing but you know he's going to be right back at his white nationalist rhetoric before the week is done.
(07-01-2020, 08:10 AM)MichaelM Wrote: [ -> ]Hahaha Carlson even admitting that Jim Crow is a real thing but you know he's going to be right back at his white nationalist rhetoric before the week is done.

But it's just in the context to imply that white people are now being discriminated against.
(07-01-2020, 08:27 AM)Richard Dickson Wrote: [ -> ]
(07-01-2020, 08:10 AM)MichaelM Wrote: [ -> ]Hahaha Carlson even admitting that Jim Crow is a real thing but you know he's going to be right back at his white nationalist rhetoric before the week is done.

But it's just in the context to imply that white people are now being discriminated against.

Sure, but shifting the window of what a dickbag like Tucker "has" to acknowledge is still a sign of progress.  

Lord knows we have got our hopes up before, but this major turnaround from him, along with a string of losses for Trump-endorsed primary candidates and widespread pushback against making masks a culture battle, really seem like the rats are sidling toward the exits.

There's still a long way to November, but I'll take as many days of Trump fighting his own party and media apparatus as I can get between now and then.
I don't see this as Carlson fighting with his own party. The interview with Sen. Braun was essentially Carlson arguing that Braun was being too tough on cops and something of a traitor to the Republican party. The above segment from last night is par for the course in election years for Carlson. He's just getting to the "Republicans are the only ones who can save you from the Dem hordes" portion of the program a little early this year.
Remember when Glenn Beck was doing his apology tour?

I think this is a trial balloon for Carlson, and when it doesn't garner a positive response, he'll scurry right back to his racist ways.
I meant Trump fighting with his own party, which he is wont to do.

Of course Tucker is still going to be racist. But make such an abrupt swing in the form of his messaging indicates that he feels strong headwinds that are encouraging for the anti-racist, anti-Trump crowd.
But are his words really anti-racist? Saying we should be a "color-blind meritocracy" and then repeating it sounds an awful lot like "all lives matter" to me. It sounds like he's saying, "Look, we have to get past all this race stuff because it's bad for business and Democrats will win on that issue."

And calling Sen. Braun "weak" when Braun is one of the very few Republicans even trying (ineffective though their attempt may be) to address police brutality in a way other than sticking fingers in their ears suggests Carlson is doubling down on his "scary Dems" rhetoric.
I'll just be happy that he's actually calling out the 'endless Benghazi hearing' bullshit. A broken clock and all that...
Fox News fires Ed Henry over sexual misconduct:

Quote:Henry, who co-anchored "America's Newsroom" between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon on weekdays, had slowly rehabilitated his career on Fox following a four-month leave of absence that ended in 2017. That followed published reports of an extramarital affair that he had conducted with a Las Vegas cocktail waitress.
(07-01-2020, 09:25 AM)sean blackwell Wrote: [ -> ]But are his words really anti-racist?  

I didn’t say anything of the sort. Only that anti-racists can find some encouragement in signs of fractures within the racist coalition.
(07-01-2020, 11:34 AM)schwartz Wrote: [ -> ]
(07-01-2020, 09:25 AM)seanblackwell Wrote: [ -> ]But are his words really anti-racist?
I didn't say anything of the sort. Only that anti-racists can find some encouragement in signs of fractures within the racist coalition.
^ This. Boxing in the awful people on what level of awfulness they can publically admit to is far from the only thing needed to effectively put a stop to their goals, but it's an encouraging little waggle of the barometer needle nonetheless.
If anyone has that Waluigi "wah" video on hand, I have the perfect photo to accompany it:


Quote:Tucker Carlson’s audience is booming — and so is chatter that the popular Fox News host will parlay his TV perch into a run for president in 2024.

Republican strategists, conservative commentators and former Trump campaign and administration officials are buzzing about Carlson as the next-generation leader of Donald Trump’s movement — with many believing he would be an immediate frontrunner in a Republican primary.

“He’s a talented communicator with a massive platform. I think if he runs he’d be formidable,” said Luke Thompson, a Republican strategist who worked for Jeb Bush’s Super PAC in 2016.

While practically every Republican eyeing a 2024 presidential run is professing loyalty to Trump the person, Carlson has become perhaps the highest-profile proponent of “Trumpism” — a blend of anti-immigrant nationalism, economic populism, and America First isolationism that he articulates unapologetically and with some snark. At the same time, he's shown a rare willingness among Republicans to bluntly criticize Trump when he believes the president is straying from that ideology.

In another twist, Carlson has established a friendship Donald Trump, Jr., according to a source familiar with their relationship. Trump Jr. has drawn his own share of presidential buzz.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” is currently the most watched cable news program in history, according to the second quarter ratings released this week. And on Fox News’ YouTube channel, Carlson’s segments from the past quarter have well over 60 million views and are among the most popular videos in the eight years since the network began posting on the platform.

His popularity with the base would instigate a debate over the future of the party — essentially whether Trump was an aberration or a party-realigning disrupter — a fight that will be all the fiercer if Trump loses in November.

“Let me put it this way: If Biden wins and Tucker decided to run, he’d be the nominee,” said Sam Nunberg, a former top political aide to Trump who knows Carlson. But Nunberg said that he doesn’t believe Carlson will run because “he’s so disgusted with politicians.”

Sixteen prominent Republicans interviewed by POLITICO said there’s an emerging consensus in the GOP that the 51-year-old Carlson would be formidable if he runs. Some strategists aligned with other potential candidates are convinced he will enter the race and detect the outlines of a stump speech in Carlson’s recent Fox monologues. Others, particularly those who know him well, are skeptical that he would leave his prime-time TV gig.

Carlson and Fox News declined to comment.

Rich Lowry, the editor of the conservative National Review and author of “The Case for Nationalism,” said in an interview that “No one can dismiss this and say it’s completely implausible.”

“There is at the very least a significant faction within the Republican Party that [Carlson] has a huge stake in and arguably leadership over,” Lowry, who writes a column for POLITICO, said. “If he has political ambitions, he has an opening. He has a following and a taste for controversy. He’s smart, quick on his feet, and personable. Political experience matters less than it once did.”

Carlson has never run for office and has been dismissive of doing so in the past. In 2012, Nunberg said Republican operative Roger Stone unsuccessfully pushed Carlson to run on the Libertarian ticket. Stone told POLITICO in an email that “[i]t is not inconceivable that I may have raised it in jest or in passing as repartee, but have no memory of that.”

On his show, Carlson has made it abundantly clear that he thinks Trump’s election in 2016 was not a freak accident. Instead, he views it as a righteous repudiation of a morally bankrupt Republican Party that had become obsessed with capital gains tax cuts and foreign wars. This week, he warned his viewers to watch out for “vultures [who] wait just off stage to swoop in and claim the GOP for themselves once Donald Trump is gone,” namechecking likely 2024 candidate Nikki Haley.

“The moment Trump leaves, they will attack him,” he said. “They’ll tell you that ‘Republicans lost power because they were mean and intolerant just like Donald Trump.’... It’s a lie.”

It is just one of many exhortations from the past month that have propelled Carlson to new popularity among the GOP base. As Republicans across the country and in Congress have expressed newfound openness to reforming the police and taking down Confederate monuments in the wake of protests, Carlson has denounced the Black Lives Matter movement and derided Republicans who have gone along with it.

"This may be a lot of things, this moment we are living through. But it is definitely not about black lives, and remember that when they come for you,” Mr. Carlson said in one 25-minute monologue on June 8 that has over 5.4 million views on YouTube. That lost him high-profile advertisers, including Disney, Papa John’s, and T-Mobile, whose chief executive tweeted “Bye-bye."

Carlson faced a similar advertiser exodus in 2018 after saying that immigrants make "our own country poorer and dirtier and more divided.”

Carlson emerged from the backlash apparently unchastened.

“The angry children you watched set fire to Wendy's and toppled statues and scream at you on television day after day are truly and utterly stupid,” he said on his show last week. And he has repeatedly pushed back on the idea that racism is systemic in the country. “Overall, this is the least racist country in the history of the world,” he said a few days earlier. “Millions of Africans want to move here. Many already have. Our last president was black. What are you talking about?”

His audience has rewarded him with blockbuster ratings.

“What he’s been saying speaks for a lot of people and it’s basically not expressed or serviced by most Republican politicians,” said Lowry. “There’s a lot to be said for being fearless and he is, while Republican politicians, as a breed, are not.”

Carlson has also earned powerful enemies in the party for his regular missives aimed at lawmakers and powerbrokers — attacks that he has kept up the past month.

After Haley said that the killing of George Floyd “needs to be personal and painful for everyone” in order for the country to heal, Carlson said, “What Nikki Haley does best is moral blackmail.” A Haley spokesperson declined to respond.

When Republican Sens. Ron Johnson and James Lankford this week proposed making Juneteenth a national holiday and doing away with Columbus Day in order to keep the number of national holidays the same, Tucker mocked the effort. "They describe themselves as conservatives, as improbable as that may seem," he said.

Carlson painted with a wider brush this week, saying Republican Party leaders’ “so-called principles turned out to be bumper stickers they wrote 40 years ago.” In a sentiment that drew praise from some conservatives and liberals alike, he added that “Instead of improving the lives of their voters, the party feeds them a steady diet of mindless, symbolic victories —partisan junk food designed to make them feel full even as they waste away.” Carlson apologized, to “the extent this show has participated in it.”

Carlson even tore into Trump’s top aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner. “No one has more contempt for Donald Trump's voters than Jared Kushner does, and no one expresses it more frequently,” he said last month. He blamed Kushner for moderating the president on immigration, law enforcement, and foreign policy.

The Kushner-bashing made some Trump-aligned Republicans wary of praising Carlson on the record. But several are bullish about a potential candidacy.

“I think everybody views Pence the same: What a great guy. But I don’t think anybody thinks he’s the force of nature that it takes to win the presidency,” said one former White House official. “I think Day 1, Tucker probably starts ahead of those people if he does run.”

A Republican strategist close to the White House added: “If you are a Republican politician and you want to know where Republican voters are, all you have to do is watch Tucker Carlson every night.”