Now he can watch it burn
Your comment about Carlson shouting “censorship” while spewing his vial messages through every available medium, brings up a more current example from the non-mainstream media in the guise of Matt Taibbi who seems to have turned into an unabashedly right-wing conspiracy nut right before our very eyes.
I think the only difference between now and every other time a yelling white man has been sidelined finally is that these days popular culture is acknowledging and naming things like "gaslighting" and the psychological tactics of abusers. It's not just academic feminists offering this analysis. Unfortunately, despite the number of people who now understand that assholes like Carlson are just emotional abusers on a public scale, there are enough people who just don't care that, as you say, he will inevitably get his image suitably redeemed to find another platform fairly soon.
I try not to let the existence and power of people like Carlson steal my sense of hope, but it's tough.
Terrific piece today - and you have achieved so much since the insincere hug from the litigious woman you hit. I admire your push and passion. The neighbor-turned-sedentary-comspiracy-theorist is a familiar figure to me.
What is worrisome is that each new iteration seems to more rabid in tone and more strategic in the intention to tear our country apart with bald-faced lies. I shot my little fist into the air for a moment after reading about Carlson, and it was a lovely interlude of peace before the reality set in. Something even more wicked this way comes. We just don't know who it is yet. As long as Fox makes money off these charlatans, they will be invested in finding them.
"I'm being censored!" Shouted the white man on his immense platform with a significant audience, talking over every guest who didn't 100% agree with him.
I understand the impulse to lay Tucker’s legacy at Jon stewart’s feet but truly there would be no Tucker without Rush Limbaugh. I always saw Stewart as the lefts attempt to reply to Limbaugh, and Tucker as his heir.
That man was so toxic I assume the grass above his cold dead ass is brown and dry and dead. I truly don’t hate a lot of people I’ve never met, but I hate Rush Limbaugh.
When Colbert was still on Comedy Central, a high school student told me he liked him better because he was less biased than Jon Stewart. I'll never forget that, that he completely missed the concept of the show and that it was a character.
I wish “unwell” carried less stigma. It’s just a more socially acceptable word for “crazy”.
What a magnificent piece your profile of Tucker Carlson is from 2018!!! It really helped me understand better some of the people that I've met, because they seem to want to imitate this man--everything they say is "the truth," everything you ask is met with a question designed to unnerve or break you down, they get increasingly louder during conversations (and talk over you) but don't think they're yelling, and if you don't get them? You're dumb.
I appreciate so much your willingness to be vulnerable and honest with readers about your many struggles to get from a shitty marriage, a bloody nose, and a discouraging interview to where you are today. You couldn’t save the nation single-handedly but by god you could save yourself and, today, offer insight and often hope to your fans. Tucker is scum, while your work has lasting value. Thanks, Lyz!
Wow, I remember Lauren Duca from Twitter before her Tucker Carlson thing. I hope she's OK these days.
I agree - Tucker is like an effing cockroach, and that is disrespectful to cockroaches. I can see that this could be an origin story for Carlson, but the timing and the media atmosphere were ripe for his type of vitriol. I guess I feel defensive about Jon Stewart because his body of work is largely good and he does good. Tucker was going to Tucker no matter what, and Crossfire was an early signaling of this. What really matters to me, though, is in the face of all these men yelling at you, you have come to this place and reached all of us, your devoted readers. I have some friends in various phases of what you've gone through, and the sheer determination it takes to heal while co-parenting with someone who is that toxic is just astounding.
Oh, Good Lord Love a Duck, I feel like I'm getting a migraine from your 2018 Tucker Carlson piece. So much shouting. He's like that boy you dated exactly once in your freshman year who kept calling you when it was time for his fraternity's formal. Or when he felt like getting laid. So clueless.
Loved this. Reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night, you are what you pretend to be. In the end it doesn’t matter if it is real or a persona, the damage is real.
I think he got fired for true things he said about trump and Fox, all the other liars are still there
Just re-read the CJR profile and I am wondering, in reading his trajectory through cable news failure after failure, if you had a chance to talk with his agent, if he had one. It seems like there was a concerted effort to find him a TV role, and I've grown recently aware of the "how" of stuff like that... Do you know if he had an agent in the early 00s looking for a tv spot for him? Or is that not how that section of his life operated?
I think Rush Limbaugh and talk radio was the medium that made news into entertainment. And then CNN. I wish it had started with Jon Stewart but it goes back much further to Reagan era deregulation. Probably too over determined a change to be influenced much by one guy.