We are roughly 48 hours into the latest “controversy” involving Tucker Carlson and comments he made on his Fox News program Tuesday night.
To quickly recap, the segment in question was on how powerful and privileged people like Meghan Markle were declaring themselves powerless, and how it made no sense. Carlson made the mistake of criticizing NYT tech reporter Taylor Lorenz for trotting out the “online harassment” victim card on International Women’s Day, especially considering her prominent position at the so-called newspaper of record at a time when many Americans are struggling to make ends meet.
Fauxfended “journalists” at the WaPo, AP, and other “news” outlets hurdled towards peak stupid in the aftermath, accusing Carlson of trying to incite harassment against Lorenz, claims that in no way matched the reality of the situation, as I noted in an extensive write-up yesterday.
Here we are on day two, and the unjustified bashing of Carlson continues. Case in point, the below comment from CBS News reporter Wesley Lowery donning his superhero cape for Lorenz by alleging what Carlson did by criticizing a journalist was “unacceptable and dangerous”:
For those who haven’t gone through it, it is extremely destabilizing to have major conservative media attack you by name — you get a flood of deranged threats. What @TaylorLorenz is dealing with is not only unacceptable, it’s dangerous. Fox News should be ashamed, were it capable
— Wesley (@WesleyLowery) March 11, 2021
It was, as many of the arguments we’ve seen over the last couple of days from the left and in the media (but I repeat myself), essentially a “words are violence” argument. Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell weighed in with an inconvenient reality check not long after Lowery posted his tweet:
Good lord. Conservatives go through it everyday when they read the DC media. You can’t be this naive?!
It’s so bizarre that you criticize people for a living and then say criticism is mean.
If you dish it out but can’t take it yourself then learn to code. https://t.co/AYqdU4weYW
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) March 11, 2021
They can either “learn to code” or learn to build solar panels, as my colleague Bonchie suggested in a recent article.
Others pushed back on Lowery’s narrative, too, including yours truly:
If we're to not criticize someone on the basis that they may receive mean tweets or threats, then we can't criticize anyone – at all. I get nasty comments and threats almost weekly. You really want to go there, Wesley? https://t.co/zfZlkIo4PD
— Sister Toldjah Le Pew 😁 (@sistertoldjah) March 11, 2021
They genuinely believe that you should not be allowed to criticize them.
While at the same time, they call you terrorists and racists and try to get you fired from your job. https://t.co/T2zhpHWOFv
— The Partyman (@PartymanRandy) March 11, 2021
So, if I'm keeping up, the new rules are that no one from Fox News can ever mention or criticize a reporter from a major liberal media outlet because it's 'dangerous.' 👍 https://t.co/Jd92QEP9SF
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) March 11, 2021
That about covers it, though, as I noted, the left/media really don’t want to go down this path because the same arguments they’re using against Carlson can easily be used against them, too.
Though the shutuppery tactics the Usual Suspects unleash on any given day are quite predictable and tiresome, such arguments must be demolished and buried by being called out for what they are, because it’s really the only way some of them will finally understand the error of their ways.