We at “Tucker Carlson Tonight” have watched with growing amusement as our media gatekeepers thrash about in a frenzy of foaming hysteria at the possibility that someone, somewhere might dare to present facts or form opinions without their express written permission.
Freelance thinking is what they hate most, because it’s a threat to their monopoly. They can’t say that out loud, so instead they call it “disinformation.”
“Disinformation is the real threat,” says the guy who thinks his union has the contract on bringing you the news. It’s ridiculous.
However, before you judge these people, take a moment and feel some compassion. Imagine if you had spent 30 years making a good living as a car mechanic, and all of a sudden GM invents an engine that anyone can fix at home with a screwdriver. You’d be upset. That’s how CNN feels about the internet. It’s exposing their scam, so naturally, they’re a little irrational about it. …
For example, our leftie friends have been drastically misinformed about the reality of race:
We recently read a research paper called “How Informed are Americans about Race and Policing?” It was published by the Skeptic Research Center, and it’s a pretty amazing document. The researchers asked people to estimate the number of unarmed African-Americans who were killed by police in 2019. According to the results, 44% of Americans who describe themselves as liberal believe about 1,000 or more than 1,000 unarmed African-Americans were gunned down by cops that year. The actual number of unarmed African-Americans killed by the police in 2019 was 27.
The rest of the study found similar results: Self-described liberals, for example, believe that a strong majority of people killed by police in 2019 were African-Americans. The actual percentage was less than half that, closer to 25%.
These are not small mistakes. A lot of Americans are completely and utterly misinformed, and that has actual consequences. Public policy can change dramatically on the basis of things people think they know but don’t actually know. So it’s worth finding out where the public is getting all this “disinformation.”
Who misinformed them?
Is it QAnon? Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Twitter feed? The Kremlin? The Proud Boys? Alex Jones?
The answer is none of the above. The answer is cable news and politicians talking on TV. They’re the ones spreading disinformation to Americans. Apparently, not only are huge numbers of unarmed African-Americans murdered every year because of their race, to deny or even question that fact is to effectively participate in those killings yourself. …
How to stop discussion about corruption at the highest levels — yell “racist”:
An interesting theory comes to us from a researcher called Zach Goldberg, who does not work at CNN. Goldberg looked at every time the term “racism” was used in America’s largest newspapers and noticed a trend. There was a noticeable spike just after 2011, which not coincidentally was right around the time of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
When people are starting to talk about what Wall Street actually does in public, all at once journalists agree that the real problem with America is racism. America is not a place with a screwed-up economic system that rewards a tiny number of emotionally damaged grifters who possess otherwise useless skills applicable only to finance while everyone else gets poorer. That’s not a problem. No, America is instead a place where the rest of us must hate each other at all times because of our skin colors, which, by the way, cannot be changed.
That way, once we’re all yelling and aggrieved and angry about irresolvable race questions, once we’ve picked the wound until it won’t stop bleeding, we won’t have the time to ask even the most basic questions about economics — questions like “Why are all these billionaire hedge fund guys paying half the tax rate I am? Who precisely is getting rich from the Federal Reserve? Where’s all that money going?”
You don’t see a ton of stories about those questions in The New York Times. They’re too busy talking about race. It’s a pretty sophisticated operation. Vladimir Putin could never pull it off. He’d buy a few dopey ads on Facebook and call it a day.
No, it takes a sophisticated operator to take the central problem of American life, the agonizing death of our middle class, and cover it up with a smokescreen of manufactured race hatred. You’d really need to be, as CNN would put it, a “disinformation network” to pull that off.
The world would be a better place if everyone saw segments like this. Not to convert them to a cause, but just to open their eyes to the gaslighting in the media.
We’re in an Information War and the first salvo is just to let people know there is a War and their news service is being weaponized against them.