Tucker Carlson. Seriously?

B. Jay Cooper
3 min readApr 28, 2021

When it comes to Fox News’ top-rated entertainer Tucker Carlson, logic, reason and facts no longer exist, if they ever did, during his many hours on-air five nights a week.

He must spend his non-on-air-time coming up with nutty conspiracy theories and other lies. I can’t imagine these dangerous comments just spew forth without forethought.

For example:

  • He thinks that if you see a parent outside with a child wearing a face mask, you should call children’s’ services to lodge a complaint of child abuse against that parent.
  • He thinks immigration, legal and illegal, is an attempt by Democrats to increase their number of registered voters to win elections.
  • He believes the jurors in the Derek Chauvin murder trial voted guilty because they were afraid Black Lives Matter would riot against any other verdict.
  • He doesn’t believe white supremacists had a role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

In short Tucker Carlson is nuts.

Now I list all the above having not ever even once watched any (can I be any more redundant?) of his shows. But his crazy comments are covered by the media as if he is a real policy expert commenting on real issues. He isn’t. He’s making it up as he goes along. He wants and need eyeballs watching to justify the big bucks he is paid.

In a simpler time he may as well be Pinky Lee (look him up, his catch phrase was “ohh you make me so mad”) doing his TV show.The difference was Pinky didn’t get the added audience boost of getting big media coverage. a

Just like Pinky, Tucker is in it for the ratings. The moolah. That’s television. TV’s goal hasn’t changed in decades.

Tucker’s not alone in his crazy right-wing-conspiracy-I-want-attention-mania though.

I’m sure you’ve read about Sidney Powell, former Donald Trump attorney, who claimed in a nationwide media tour that the 2020 election was rigged, including by a voting machine manufacturer whose machines were programmed to switch votes. After a billion-dollar suit was filed against her by that manufacturer, Powell said “no reasonable person” would have believed her claims of a fraudulent election. Uh, right except for those millions who did and do.

Then there’s Richard Barnett, that fellow sitting with his feet up on a desk in Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office suite on Jan…

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B. Jay Cooper

Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: bjaycooper.com.