Tucker Comes Out Swinging Against the Liberal ‘Outrage Machine’

Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson once again found himself in the sights of the left’s “outrage machine,” as he called it, for “naughty” comments he made over 10 years ago while speaking with shock jock, Bubba the Love Sponge. In response, he kicked off Monday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight with an over six-minute-long monologue unloading on the left and the liberal media for trying to destroy lives and careers in their political “war.”

The comments were unearthed by a radical left-wing political organization and were immediately pounced on by liberal hacks, such as CNN’s media team. “They read you snippets from a press release written by Democratic Party operatives. They demand to know how you could possibly have said something so awful and offensive. Do you have a statement on how immoral you are,” he quipped.

Carlson explained that the “outrage machine” didn’t care about the tone, tenor, or context of the comments, you just had to pay their price:

There’s really not that much you can do to respond, it's pointless to try to explain how words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context, or in any case bear no resemblance to what you actually think or would want for the country. None of that matters, nobody cares. You know the role you're required to play. You are a sinner begging the forgiveness of Twitter.

As an example: towards the end of CNN’s Prime Time later that night, host Chris Cuomo put on a show, acting like a tough guy by taunting and demanding Carlson repeat his words since he meant them.

“And yet, no matter how bad it gets, no matter how despised and humiliated you may be, there is one thing you could never do, one thing that is absolutely not allowed: You can never acknowledge the comic absurdity of the whole thing. You can never laugh in the face of the mob,” Carlson went on to deduce.

 

 

After noting how there were many on the right willing to subject themselves to the left’s games, citing the rush to judgment with the Covington kids, Carlson blasted the left for their blatant hypocrisy:

Why are the people who considered Bill Clinton a hero lecturing me about sexism? How can the party that demands racial quotas denounce other people as racist? After a while, you begin to think that maybe their criticisms aren't sincere. Maybe their moral puffery is a costume. Maybe the whole conversation is an absurd joke. Maybe we’re falling for it.

And it’s true. CNN has yet to take action against analyst Philip Mudd after he shouted the n-word out a couple of times on live TV over a year ago.

Towards the end of the monologue, Carlson reminded viewers that liberal media folks, like CNN’s flunky media team, have “been working hard to kill this show.” He spoke about how they didn’t like talking about it, saying the show wasn’t about themselves. “But now it's obvious to everybody, there’s no pretending that it's not happening. It is happening. So going forward, we'll be covering their effort to make us be quiet.

Carlson ended by thanking Fox News for sticking with him and defending him, and a vow to defy the liberal “outrage machine”:

For now, though, just two points to leave you with. First, Fox News is behind us as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network and we are grateful for that. Second, we've always apologized when we are wrong and will continue to do that for that's what decent people do, they apologize. But we will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what.

The transcript is below, click "expand" to read:

Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight
March 11, 2019
8:00:22 p.m. Eastern

TUCKER CARLSON: Good evening and welcome to Tucker Carlson Tonight.

As anyone who's ever been caught in its gears can tell you, the great American outrage machine is a remarkable thing. One day you're having dinner with your family, imagine everything is fine. The next, your phone exploding with calls from reporters. They read you snippets from a press release written by Democratic Party operatives. They demand to know how you could possibly have said something so awful and offensive. Do you have a statement on how immoral you are? It's a bewildering moment, especially when the quotes in question are more than a decade old.

There’s really not that much you can do to respond, it's pointless to try to explain how words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context, or in any case bear no resemblance to what you actually think or would want for the country. None of that matters, nobody cares. You know the role you're required to play. You are a sinner begging the forgiveness of Twitter.

So you issue a statement of deep contrition. You apologize profusely for your transgressions. You promise to be a better person going forward. With the guidance of your contrition consultant, you send money to whatever organization claims to represent the people you supposedly offended. Then you sit back and brace for a wave of stories about your apology, all of which are simply pretext for attacking you again. In the end, you get fired, you lose your job. Nobody defends you. Your neighbors overt their gaze as you pull into the driveway. You are ruined.

And yet, no matter how bad it gets, no matter how despised and humiliated you may be, there is one thing you could never do, one thing that is absolutely not allowed: You can never acknowledge the comic absurdity of the whole thing. You can never laugh in the face of the mob.

You must always pretend that the people yelling at you are somehow your moral superiors. You have to assume what they say they are mad about is what they are actually mad about. You have to take them at face value. You must pretend this is a debate about virtue and not about power. Your critics are arguing from principal and not for partisanship. No matter what they take from you in the end, you must continue to pretend that these things are true. You are bad, they are good, the system is on the level.

But what if we stopped pretending for a minute? What if we acknowledge what's actually going on? One side is deadly serious. They believe that politics is war. They’re not interested in abstractions or principles, rules or traditions. They seek power and they claim to win it with whatever it takes. If that includes getting you fired or silencing you, or threatening your family at home, or throwing you in prison, okay. They know what their goal is. If you are in way, they will crush you.

What's interesting is how reliably the other side pretends that none of this is happening. Republicans in Washington do a fairly credible imitation of an opposition party. They still give speeches, they tweet quite a bit, they make certain noises about how liberals are bad. But on the deepest level, it's all a pose.

In their minds, where it matters, Republican leaders are controlled by the left. They know exactly what they are allowed to say and believe. They know what the rules are. They may understand that those rules are written by the very people who seek their destruction, they ruthlessly enforce them anyway. Republicans in Washington police their own with a never-ending enthusiasm. Like trustees in a prison that dutifully report back to the warden and hoping for perks. Nobody wants to be called names, nobody wants to be Trump.

How many times have you seen it happen? Some conservative figure will say something stupid, incomplete, or too far outside the bounds of received wisdom for the moral guardians of cable news? Twitter goes bonkers. The mob demands response.

Very often, the first people calling for the destruction of that person are Republican leaders. You saw with the Covington Catholic High School kids, you see it all the time. Kevin McCarthy spends half his day telling Republican members not to criticize progressive orthodoxy. Paul Ryan did the same before him. A couple of years ago, the entire Democratic Party decided to deny the biological reality of sex differences, an idea that is insane as it is dangerous. Republican leaders decided to not criticize them for it, they might get upset.

This is a system built on deceit and enforced silence, hypocrisy is its hallmark. Yet in Washington, it's considered rude to ask questions about how exactly it works.

Why are the people who considered Bill Clinton a hero lecturing me about sexism? How can the party that demands racial quotas denounce other people as racist? After a while, you begin to think that maybe their criticisms aren't sincere. Maybe their moral puffery is a costume. Maybe the whole conversation is an absurd joke. Maybe we’re falling for it.

You sometimes hear modern progressives described as “new puritans”. That’s a slur on colonial Americans. Whatever their flaws, the puritans cared about the faith of the human soul and the regeneration of their society. Those are not topics that interest progressives. They’re too busy pushing late-term abortions and cross-dressing on fifth graders.

These are the people who write our movies and our sitcoms, they are not shocked by naughty words. They just pretend to be when it's useful. It's been very useful lately.

The left's main goal, in case you haven't noticed, is controlling what you think. In order to do that, they have to control the information that you receive. Google and Facebook and Twitter are fully on board with that. They ‘re happy to ban unapproved thoughts and they don't apologize for it. They often do. So do the other cable channels and virtually every major news outfit in this country.

One of the only places left in the United States were independent thoughts are allowed is right here, the opinion hours on this network. Just a few hours in a sea of television programming. It’s not much relatively speaking.

For the left, it's unacceptable. They demand total conformity. Since the day we went on the air they've been working hard to kill this show. We haven’t said much about it in public, it's seeming to self-referential. The point of this show has never been us. But now it's obvious to everybody, there’s no pretending that it's not happening. It is happening. So going forward, we'll be covering their effort to make us be quiet.

For now, though, just two points to leave you with. First, Fox News is behind us as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network and we are grateful for that. Second, we've always apologized when we are wrong and will continue to do that for that's what decent people do, they apologize. But we will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what.


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