Tucker Carlson really teaches a master class in the art of projection when he calls @MSNBC the channel that is "ginning up race fear to mobilize the militias." He goes on to mock Joy Ann Reid for "screaming once again about those diabolical white people." Tucker Carlson has made @Fox News his own personal white nationalism project — not that it wasn't a home for that before. But this is an amazing feat of a real or, more likely, performative, lack of self-awareness.
The clip is a year old, and Joy Ann Reid is talking about Conservatives that expect "essential" workers, like hair stylists and restaurant workers, to go back to work during the height of Covid, despite Conservatives' insistence on not taking any precautions like wearing masks. Reid says that because essential workers are disproportionately Black and brown people, and Conservatives are disproportionately white, this is a race issue. She's not wrong.
Tucker Carlson's show regularly promotes the idea that there is a race war brewing, if not already underway to some degree, in the U.S. He's going to have to try a lot harder if he wants to blame that on a Black broadcaster. A LOT harder.
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Sam Seder: Tucker Carlson. Am I mistaken? Did Tucker Carlson ever have multiple times where he would put up the anti-white agenda? In fact, we have talked about Tucker Carlson in this way... Let's put this clip up. Yeah, this was just like a week or so ago. This is just the most recent one. This is Tucker Carlson, his anti-white mania, and in fact, when we were talking about this, I think we covered this clip when he did this. We mentioned the Hutus. Here's Tucker Carlson maybe just having noticed something about his own coverage, decided to do a little projection.
Tucker Carlson: Like puppies, all TV networks are cute when they're little. The problem is you never know what they're going to grow up to become. So what is MSNBC now? Well, effectively it's the Hutu radio network, ginning up race fear to mobilize the militias. Here's the channel's new lead anchor, screaming once again about those diabolical white people. Joy Ann Reid: And so here we are again with Conservatism. At least among a certain cohort of white guys now rooting itself in the idea that even during a pandemic, these screaming men and women have the god-given right to get their roots done and order a steak at the restaurant and hit the golf course in the bar. And that those rights which they claim were conferred upon them by god require a disproportionately Black and brown labor force to return to work get back on the wheel and risk death in order to serve them and return them to their comfortable lives.
Tucker Carlson: Broadcasting that crap 24 hours a day. Shades of Kigali '94. We regret to inform you that tomorrow we'll be killed with our families.
Sam Seder: Okay first of all, the clip was from over a year ago, and she's talking about Covid.
Emma Vigeland: She's talking about essential workers, like Black and brown people, who are disproportionately minimum-wage workers, going back to work when there aren't safety precautions.
Sam Seder: Yes and also, the commensurate rises in deaths and in Covid infections during that time. That's the best example they could have? Don't they have a big staff there?
Emma Vigeland: It was soiled from the outset with a really weird line by his writing crew, that puppies, that TV networks are like puppies?
Sam Seder: No, you know why he's got to do that. Because he used to work on MSNBC. He was on MSNBC in the aughts.
Emma Vigeland: No, I understand what the motive is, but like, puppies? Networks are cute at their outset, and grow mean? I don't know man. Come up with something a little better. Sam Seder: They wanted to just sort of come up with some type of way of saying, like, "I know I used to work there, but back then it was good. We had Pat Buchanan on, and he really, really hated a lot of people."
Emma Vigeland: Yes dogs are only good when they're little, and then they're evil when they grow up.
Sam Seder: He is the one who is fomenting and referencing race war over and over again. It really is stunning. But now it's MSNBC because he needs to project what he's doing.