In office, Trump was the greatest threat to U.S. democracy. Now it may be Tucker Carlson.

In office, Trump was the greatest threat to U.S. democracy. Now it may be Tucker Carlson. By Max Boot, a never-Trumper.

Max used to be a conservative, but now he is yet another shill for the emerging upper class elite. Here he defends one or two of their big lies, and identifies Tucker Carlson as the next biggest US opponent of their PC fantasies. The left’s strategies of enforcing PC lies to advance its fortunes is well-illustrated here: anyone who prominently tells the truth is the enemy, and must be silenced.

Like so much else in modern politics, this fight really boils down to a search for truth. But notice how the left does not argue for their version or persuade, it instead cancels those who disagree with them and uses media power to silence its critics. “Shut up,” they explain.

When Donald Trump was in office, he posed the most dangerous threat to American democracy. With the former president now golfing full-time, the most dangerous threat may well emanate from the Fox “News” Channel — and specifically from its top-rated host, Tucker Carlson. …

On Wednesday, he argued that “they” (whoever they are) are lying to “you” — the Fox News viewer — about the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6. “The known facts bear no resemblance to the story they’re telling — they’re just flat-out lying,” Carlson said. He didn’t say what the real story was — perhaps, like half of Republicans in a recent poll, he thinks antifa was responsible for the assault?

Rather than try to make his case for an alternative reality, Carlson segued into a diatribe about the Black Lives Matter rallies last year that were sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. He claimed that protests “changed this country more in five months than it changed in the previous 50 years” — and it was all based on “an utter lie.” Floyd wasn’t “murdered by a cop,” Carlson told viewers. He “almost certainly died of a drug overdose, fentanyl.”

When the Democrat authorities released the police body cam of Floyd’s arrest, three months after the event (why not the day after, before the riots?), it showed quite clearly that Floyd said “I can’t breathe” eleven (11)  times before he lay on the ground and the cops restrained him. Which puts paid to the PC lies. But this rather inconvenient fact is omitted by Boot, as he polices the media with the PC version. Breathing difficulty is a symptom of fentanyl poisoning, btw, and a politically motivated private autopsy is just another propaganda tool.

This is the claim advanced by attorneys representing the cop who pressed his knee onto Floyd’s neck for roughly nine minutes, but it’s not true. The medical examiner ruled that Floyd’s death was a homicide. While Floyd had fentanyl in his system, the cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” A private autopsy requested by Floyd’s family found he died of asphyxia, or suffocation.

That Carlson is spreading dingbat, dishonest conspiracy theories from such a powerful perch is certain to have deleterious, even deadly, consequences for the country.

Boot blames Tucker for the Capitol riot, as an excuse to kick him off the air:

Already his promotion of “Stop the Steal” lies helped to lead to the attack on the Capitol …

That is why I … have called for Fox News to exercise greater restraint — and, if it doesn’t, for the cable systems that carry it to drop its programming. …

No self-awareness:

Carlson went on to paint Fox News as a lonely, embattled champion of free speech: “Everyone else in the media is standing in crisp formation, in their starched matching uniforms and their little caps, patiently awaiting orders from the billionaire class. And then there’s Fox News off by itself, occasionally saying things that are slightly different.” Pretty rich coming from a TV star who is reportedly paid $10 million a year by a giant corporation controlled by two billionaires, Rupert Murdoch and his son Lachlan.

No one is trying to punish Fox News for expressing “slightly different” views. I am a staunch believer in free speech. … But that is not what Carlson represents. He is peddling lunatic conspiracy theories that endanger people’s lives and shred our social fabric.

Well someone’s peddling lunatic theories. The evidence looks pretty overwhelming from here: George Floyd killed himself with a fentanyl overdose, the election was rigged and stolen, and the Capitol riot was led and presumably instigated by elements of the left. Not so sure about Epstein, but the PC version of that sure looks odd.

hat-tip Stephen Neil