The fallacies of Tucker Carlson discourse, what the Right *really* believes, and old-school white elite racism
Thank you. I always appreciate your thoughtful analyses.
People used to engage in the "privately he's really a good guy" fallacy all the time regarding William F. Buckley Jr. Consider, notably, Buckley's weirdly chumminess with "On the left, I'm Michael Kinsley" who made his name on the once-ubiquitous CNN show Crossfire, whose whole shtick was "Look at how these people with different ideological points of view can argue spiritedly, yet still be pals." I once had lunch one-on-one with Buckley (long story) and found him, in private, gross on multiple levels.
Thank you for really pinning down the true essence. White supremacy is at the core. It is what we are really up against and what we must always see with clear eyes.
I'm not sure Carlson's inner life has much to tell us. He is an opportunist who gets a thrill from being the slightly bad frat boy with a smirk. He arose from AM radio as a preppy contrast to Limbaugh. Cable ratings are a tricky proposition. Fox sells few ads and advertisers are the segment that demands accurate ratings. Fox is part of a cable package. It is tough to assess the viewer count. High ratings might mean 20% of an audience segment.