Carlson Highlights Media Double Standard on Selective Editing

Fox News host Tucker Carlson weighed in Tuesday night on his Fox News Channel show about The Daily Beast’s doxing of an African-American Trump supporter who allegedly created last week’s doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slowed down to make it look like she was slurring her words. Along with the entire premise of doxxing a private individual being way off base, Carlson also called out the media’s outrage over the edited video.

 

 

After all, the media have engaged in selective editing in the past to advance their agendas, like “when NBC edited a 9-1-1 call to make George Zimmerman sound like a racist murderer” or “when every news outlet in America practically used short, out of context clips to make high school students from Kentucky look like they were attacking an elderly American Indian man.”

He sarcastically stated that, according to the media, “that kind of editing is totally fine. That’s journalism.”

Carlson then contrasted the aforementioned examples of selective editing with the Pelosi video as “by contrast, that mocked a prominent Democrat. That’s unforgivable.”

The Fox News host then explained:

The press rapidly reached a consensus: the person responsible for this abomination must be destroyed. They dispatched a political activist called Kevin Poulsen, who works for The Daily Beast, to do just that and he did. Poulsen released the identity of the man he says is behind the Pelosi video. He didn’t just name the guy. He ridiculed his employment history.

As NewsBusters has previously reported, CNN applauded The Daily Beast’s doxing of the video creator. That should not come as a surprise since CNN itself has engaged in similar tactics by tracking down and harassing an elderly woman they accused of being influenced by “Kremlin-linked trolls.”

As Carlson pointed out, The Daily Beast could not have pulled off this feat without the help of Facebook, which helped Poulsen “confirm the identity of his target.”

“If you hold the wrong views, Facebook doesn’t just block you, they’ll team up with The Daily Beast to destroy you,” the FNC host added. 

Carlson argued that The Daily Beast’s doxing tactics serve as another example of “the new standard of the left”: “If you disagree with the ruling class, you’re fair game; fair game for harassment, ridicule, boycott, worse.”

“For two years, the media have complained about being called enemies of the people and yet these same journalists have been happy to tar ordinary Americans as public enemies and destroy their lives. The difference is they think you deserve that,” he concluded, accomapnied by the chyron “Lefty Media Only Cares About Protecting Their Own.” 

A transcript of the relevant portion of Tuesday’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight is below. Click “expand” to read more.

Tucker Carlson Tonight

06/04/19

08:19 p.m. Eastern

TUCKER CARLSON: Well, a couple of weeks ago, a mildly amusing video made the rounds online. It was a clip of Nancy Pelosi speaking. It had been altered in a way that made Pelosi look drunk. It was one of those things you might have devoted 30 seconds of your day to watching and thinking about and then forgot. And it wouldn’t have changed your vote. Within a few days, most normal people didn’t remember it had ever existed. But one group of people did not forget, couldn’t forget, refused to forget; the press. They weren’t just angry, they were outraged. Somebody had created an edited video and it wasn’t like that time NBC edited a 9-1-1 call to make George Zimmerman sound like a racist murderer; not like that at all. It wasn’t like when every news outlet in America practically used short, out of context clips to make high school students from Kentucky look like they were attacking an elderly American Indian man. That kind of editing is totally fine. That’s journalism. But the Pelosi video, whoa, by contrast, that mocked a prominent Democrat. That’s unforgivable. And so, the press rapidly reached a consensus: the person responsible for this abomination must be destroyed. They dispatched a political activist called Kevin Poulsen, who works for The Daily Beast, to do just that. And he did. Poulsen released the identity of the man he says is behind the Pelosi video. He didn’t just name the guy. He ridiculed his employment history. He called him “an itinerant forklift operator” and described his various moves across the country, trying to find work. He’s a total proll, get it? A proll! Poulsen also describes his criminal record, which I think Poulsen himself has, but whatever, it has nothing to do with the story. Poulsen just wanted to humiliate him, which he did. For his part, the man denied making the video about Pelosi. He also begged not to be outed. He’s African-American and being identified as a black conservative in New York could upend his life. But Poulsen didn’t care. He wanted to upend his life. He wanted to crush him and so he did. Amazingly, Facebook was happy to help Poulsen. Poulsen says an unnamed employee at Facebook helped him confirm the identity of his target. Now, a few weeks ago, Facebook stepped up its efforts to suppress political dissent by banning Alex Jones, Info Wars, and other various dissident voices; all of which we’re not supposed to talk about. Well, now they’re going further. If you hold the wrong views, Facebook doesn’t just block you, they’ll team up with The Daily Beast to destroy you and that’s a standard on the American left now. If you disagree with the ruling class, you’re fair game; fair game for harassment, ridicule, boycotts, worse. You can’t have dinner in a public restaurant. This is why Brett Kavanaugh and the boys from Covington were targeted for personal destruction. It’s why the left has tried to shut down everything from Hobby Lobby to Chick-fil-A to some obscure cake shop and family pizza parlor. It’s why Sarah Sanders and her family were booted out a restaurant in Virginia. It’s why Ted Cruz and Kirstjen Nielsen were screamed at while they were with their…trying to have dinner here in Washington. It’s why a Boston Globe columnist encouraged his readers to poison conservatives they feed food to. It’s why last week, just last week, here in DC, Roger Stone says he was physically attacked by…while having dinner at an Italian restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue; called a traitor. For two years, the media have complained about being called enemies of the people and yet these same journalists have been happy to tar ordinary Americans as public enemies and destroy their lives. The difference is they think you deserve that.

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