Tucker Carlson: Smelling Like A Rose? Not So Much…
And the Daily Caller “spikegate” just keeps getting worse. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple really nails him…
Judging from Carlson’s site, however, there’s more to the rule than “you can’t go after Fox.” The digital trail suggests the rule is more accurately stated as “you must praise Fox.” The Erik Wemple Blog dropped the following inventory of recent Fox News-related Daily Caller stories into a previous post to illustrate the point:
– A recent post under the headline “A Defensive Marie Harf Snarks At Fox News During Clinton Email Press Briefing [VIDEO].”
– A piece by Ginni Thomas titled, “What Made This Fox News Star Leave The Career She Loved?” The piece concludes with this line: “We haven’t seen the last of Molly Henneberg though, as even Fox can’t seem to let go of her as they have graciously offered to make her a freelance reporter, which thrills her and those of us who appreciate her impressive life choices.”
– A December story headlined: “Fox News Reigns As Ratings King For 13th Straight Year, CNN Posts All-Time Lows”
– An October post that documented criticism of Fox News by President Obama. “Obama’s decision to attack Fox, known for its tough coverage of the president, is his latest attempt to rally Democratic voters in the run-up to the November midterms,” reads one line.
– October headline: “Fox News Lands Interview With SEAL Who Killed Osama Bin Laden.” *”Happy Birthday, Fox News! See The Folks Who Made It Great [SLIDESHOW]“
“There is a conflict, and I’m totally upfront about it. I don’t lie at all,” said Carlson.
Amend that: Carlson is “totally upfront about it” once the policy is exposed by a former contract writer. But an additional level of transparency could be achieved by attaching a tag line to Daily Caller coverage of Fox News. Something like this: The Daily Caller publishes only puff pieces on Fox News.
Carlson comes off looking worse than I thought possible. Of course if Carlson had done what Dan Abrams did at Mediaite and firewalled himself from the Caller, we wouldn’t be here right now ridiculing Tucker’s flimsy nonsensical excuses. Even Carlson admitted it was a conflict of interest but he seems incapable of wanting to extricate himself from it. The extraction would be easy and quick. He just doesn’t want to pull the trigger.