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.

8 Responses to “Tucker Carlson: Smelling Like A Rose? Not So Much…”

  1. savefarris Says:

    #teamKaus

  2. “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.”

    ^^As I’ve said before, I don’t like Carlson and consider him something of a frat boy goof. Still, given that, DC is his blog and whether or not he wants to use it to suck up to his TV employer is his business. I don’t care that he censors his blog and neither should anyone else.

    Opinion/news blogs with a ideological bent; like DC, Breitbart and The Blaze on the right or Daily Kos, Media Matters and Salon on the left; should be read with the knowledge that they are giving their information to you through a political filter.

    Even supposedly neutral blogs like Buzzfeed, Gawker, CNN, TV Newser or even ICN2.0 are sometimes accused of political bias depending on the story written about.

    Personally I wasn’t expecting TC to do anything but defend FNC on his own blog. So hearing that this is what he’s accused of doing, is really no big deal – unless your under the weird impression Daily Caller is a non-partisan news blog.

  3. Spud has to find stuff to beat up Fox and anyone associated with it. Big boys understand how this works, a little boys will whine about it.

    There is “incest” among all media outlets. Look how people move around within the media, spouses are all employed either in gov’t or in “rival” media outlets, so there is no shortage of finding out who covers for who.

    Grow a pair Wemple! And you, too Spud!

  4. savefarris Says:

    Spud isn’t necessarily beating up on FNC so much as he’s beating up on Tucker.

    Deservedly, IMHO.

  5. So, I should have said “Spud has to find stuff to beat up anyone associated with Fox”? Because that is the ONLY reason this is a story.

  6. I’m with fritz. Who cares what tucker does with his site.

  7. So, I should have said “Spud has to find stuff to beat up anyone associated with Fox”? Because that is the ONLY reason this is a story.

    Seriously Pam, give me a break here. If I was even 1/10th blogging the way you say I am above, I would be putting out TONS of more material than I currently am because there are lots of people with connections to FNC that one could take a swing at if one was so predisposed. I’m not so predisposed. It’s a story cause it’s a big freaking conflict of interest…not because Tucker works at FOX but because he tries to juggle two jobs with two different owners whose interests are not necessarily in alignment.

    Your diatribe says more to me about where your allegiances lie than it does about any fair and impartial critique of my coverage of this story.

  8. Even Concha, not exactly an ideological FOX critic based on his recent writings, thinks Tucker needs to firewall himself and point out exactly the same things I pointed out.

    It’s not me and it’s not about Fox, Pam. It’s about Carlson and only Carlson. He just happens to work at Fox. If he worked at CNN or MSNBC, I’d still be here writing about it.

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