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Tucker Carlson is one of the good guys. But like a lot of the good guys, he can only be trusted so far — like you or me, I suppose.
There’s a lot of good in the video here, and I have a bone to pick with Carlson. He says roughly halfway through that Fox News “missed the story” about how it was the FBI behind suppressing the ‘laptop from Hell,’ but that’s putting it too generously. They didn’t miss it — they spiked it, same as the rest of the MSM. Fox News themselves killed the story. Well, first, the good stuff, and I do recommend the video here as a great recap of some of the story so far:
I hope you watched that — it’s a great refresher on where we are, and I’m not going to recap it. But on to the point about Fox and Tucker. I’ve been digging about for some things I darned well know I wrote during my time in the wilderness. Here’s me in some comments:
Tucker can advocate whatever he likes — it’s nothing I’ll see. All of Fox is dead to me.
They switched sides when it mattered, and like Rand Paul, seem ferocious so long as there’s no actual chance of winning, but simply kowtow when their actions might bring results. Tucker personally let the Biden crime family up off the mat. He explained what he was doing and why, right on his show, and that was the last time I watched him. Done.
…and, after folks asking what I meant:
> I don’t understand the “he let the Biden crime family up off the mat” comment, especially
> when his was one of the precious few large-audience TV shows that was actually covering the story.
He had the goods, and WAS covering it. And then he stopped. There was that bizarre episode wherein the smoking gun was lost in transit (and the supposed multiple backups never surfaced), and then Carlson announced that he had gone to school with crack-head Biden, and wasn’t going to kick him any more. Do you remember that?
Fox News pulled his leash and he sat like a good dog. I get it — it’s their network, and they can do what they like, and Carlson can jump in a lake if he doesn’t behave as his master commands.
And so he behaves.
The Hunter Biden thing was not some irrelevant and tawdry personal attack. Hunter had spilled the details of Joe Biden’s long-standing personal, political corruption, and Tucker helped cover it up when push came to shove.
Stop honoring these knaves who sing bravely while they march to the front, hide while we get slaughtered, then sing of fighting another day back at HQ.
So am I just misinterpreting a chain of events, filtering it through some anti-Carlson lens? Not hardly. I think that I saw something that most have missed. Here’s HuffPo catching the same thing, but framed differently, of course:
“There are a lot of documents about Hunter Biden’s personal life that we haven’t brought you and that we’re not going to bring you, and we should tell you why,” Carlson said. “One is the obvious answer: He’s not running for president. Hunter Biden is a fallen man at this point. I should also say that I knew Hunter Biden fairly well. We lived near each other in Washington for quite some time. I knew his wife, who’s an absolutely outstanding person, a good person.”
Carlson continued with this line of reasoning, insisting that he was taking the high road and “never thought Hunter Biden was a bad person” ― despite having devoted Tuesday night to an interview with Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden’s who offered up unverified claims that Joe Biden had been involved in his son’s Chinese business dealings.
“Unverified.” Lol. Don’t ever change, HuffPuff. Here is the October 2020 Carlson clip (linked by HuffPo in the story above) in which, after relating the bizarre series of events to date, Carlson announces that the story will simply be dropped:
Please pay attention to the tale of the UPS package and the flash drive. The only credible explanation (subjective, I know) is that men with badges showed up at UPS and had their way with the docs en route. My guess is that they wanted to know what was coming, and to gather enough information to decide how forcefully, and at what risk, to squash the story.
- “Find me package number #####. Hand it to me. You never saw this, and I am not here. This young fellow behind me will explain your options.”
- “Say that you found this Flash drive on your desk. Mr. Smith, who works for you, will verify that he placed it there, but you will not ask him. This young fellow behind me will explain your options.”
At the time, I assessed the Fox News performance as Carlson trying to send a message beneath the message: that his leash had been pulled by Fox, and that he thought it was the wrong call. Why else juxtapose the two in the video? Yet, as a professional who wanted to keep his job, he went out and sold the story convincingly. I view this is a moral failure on Carlson’s part. At that moment, he was perhaps the man outside of government with the power to make a difference. He chose not to. Easy for me to say, I know.
Or perhaps he just realized that he was essentially alone. Carlson has a family and a life, and nefarious “they” don’t have to get to you in some lurid, cartoonish way in order for you to be “gotten to.” Regardless, I do not believe for a moment that Carlson stopped believing that he was onto the biggest story in the history of story.
It’s not as though he’s some sort of Bad Man. He’s rock-solid most of the time. I appreciate the hard work and moral courage that he routinely displays. And yet, there’s this. It stank at the time, it still stinks, and now when he kinda-sorta refers to it, he glosses over the abrupt and unsatisfactorily-explained spiking of The Story. That is a prime tell of somebody avoiding a painful or shameful memory.
This is a story with much more to it, and I am confident that none of it will come out until it is too late. That is the prevailing pattern of our very recent history. “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
I have similar criticism for Rand Paul’s ridiculous climb-down on January 6th, but that is another story.
Meanwhile, just for context (not contrast), here’s the excellent Sky News Australia (not to be confused with Sky News from somewhere else) from *July* of this year reporting that Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he had whistleblowers detailing the FBI’s scheme to suppress Hunter docs and digits, acting from as early as August 2020. That is documentation of the FBI having already instituted a program of responses. They knew full well that the docs were valid and that they posed a threat. Remember that the FBI had possessed “the laptop” since December 2019. They had months in which to prepare a series of defensive stances that the Democrats could safely rely upon. That is exactly what they did, and it worked.Published in