The Mystery of Tucker Carlson Is That There Is No Mystery

Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“The biggest takeaway from the trove of embarrassing text messages released as part of the Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit against Fox News isn’t that Tucker Carlson hates Donald Trump. … Instead, the biggest takeaway is that Carlson, whose show often sets the agenda for the American right and the Republican Party, is a fraud. Every night, as he rails against immigrants and the woke agenda, Carlson is treating his audience with contempt. He tells them that ‘the elites’ think that they’re stupid. Well, he would know: He is himself an elite who thinks right-wing middle America is stupid. … Carlson’s texts are also notable in that they bring to a conclusive end one of the most tiresome and persistent mysteries of recent years: namely, whether his midlife metamorphosis into foaming fascist performance art was ever serious to begin with.” (03/13/23)