From Crooks & Liars:
Seriously, is there anyone more annoying than Tucker Carlson? The least self-aware pundit on TV, still nursing his own bruised ego from the thorough spanking he received at the hands of a comedian that took down his show, cried that Jon Stewart is nothing more than a partisan hack in “attacking” Jim Cramer. Mr. “I’m an ideologue, not a partisan” repeats the favorite GOP meme that Cramer was only attacked because he dared to criticize Obama’s budget. Hmm … repeating GOP talking points … but Carlson’s not speaking on behalf of his party, no sirree.
Leave it to Carlson to completely miss the point. Despite Stephanie Miller’s and Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik’s multiple attempts to reason with the petulant, whiny man-child Carlson devolves into, Tucker can never grasp that the whole event was precipitated by Rick Santelli’s rant on the trading floor and that Stewart’s focus was not Cramer so much as the responsibility CNBC holds in informing the public rather than giving corporations carte blanche to propagandize on their channel.
Of course, Jon Stewart’s weeklong diatribe against CNBC was initially triggered by the network’s Rick Santelli slandering troubled home mortgage owners as “losers.” And as it turns out, it is Tucker Carlson who has made a career out of doing someone else’s bidding. That someone else is the Republican Party – and his father Richard.
The scandal surrounding the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame and the subsequent conviction of Cheney chief-of-staff Scooter Libby provides case in point. Few voices on television were more strident in Libby’s defense than Tucker Carlson. But throughout, he remained silent on his father’s leadership of the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Fund.
From the beginning, Tucker Carlson aimed both barrels at Libby prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. In November 2005, he insisted Fitzgerald was “accusing Libby – falsely and in public – of undermining this country’s security,” adding, “Fitzgerald should apologize, though of course he never will.” Reversing his past position in support of independent counsels, Carlson in February 2007 blasted “this lunatic Fitzgerald, running around destroying people’s lives for no good reason.”
With Libby’s conviction and sentencing in 2007, Carlson the son echoed Carlson the father. Richard Carlson, a former U.S. ambassador and past president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, couriered a check to Libby on the day of his indictment.
From Media Matters:
During a March 15 discussion on CNN’s Reliable Sources about Comedy Central host Jon Stewart’s recent criticism of CNBC host Jim Cramer for his coverage of the current financial crisis, MSNBC political analyst Tucker Carlson asserted: “This was a partisan attack. He went after — he went after Cramer the moment Cramer criticized [President] Obama’s budget. That was the mortal sin. That’s what kicked off this entire feud.” According to a March 13 Politico article, Carlson similarly told Politico: “[Cramer’s] real sin was attacking Obama’s economic policies. If he hadn’t done that, Stewart never would have gone after him. Stewart’s doing Obama’s bidding. It’s that simple.” In fact, as Media Matters for America has documented, Stewart criticized Cramer at least as far back as March 17, 2008, for claiming that investment firm Bear Stearns was “not in trouble” less than a week before the company collapsed — the same remarks that Stewart has highlighted on recent editions of his show.
During the Reliable Sources segment, host Howard Kurtz noted to Carlson that in 2004 Stewart “went on your old show, Crossfire, the now-defunct CNN program Crossfire.” Kurtz then aired a clip from that appearance in which Stewart claimed Carlson and his Crossfire co-hosts were engaging in “partisan hackery” and told Carlson he “need[s] to go to” journalism school. Kurtz then said that Carlson has “been on the receiving end of a Jon Stewart lecture” and asked Carlson: “[D]oes that color your view at all of his perspicacity?”
CARLSON: It’s all the same. I mean, to call me a partisan hack is ludicrous. I am the least partisan person I know.
CARLSON: I have zero interest in party politics — zero interest. I spent half my life attacking Republicans. I have — I’m an ideologue, truly. I have ideas that are distinct from partisan politics.
Watch the video and read the transcript at the Media Matters link.