Tucker Carlson and the New Narrative of January 6

Source: The Atlantic
by David A Graham

“That Tucker Carlson thinks his viewers are stupid is not new, though his first swing at spinning unseen footage of the January 6 insurrection provides a fresh test of just how credulous they are. The notable news from Carlson’s show yesterday is not the video itself, which is similarly stale, but the crystallization of a Trumpist narrative about the assault on the Capitol that portrays it not as a disaster, nor as an unfortunate but minor event, but as a triumph to be celebrated. … On the one hand, this is all ridiculous. Look at the hallways they didn’t smear feces on and statues they didn’t deface! is not an especially good argument. On the other, it fits with a long-standing Donald Trump approach of demanding that his supporters believe him rather than their lying eyes.” (03/07/23)