Rare is the occasion anymore when the target for character assassination via social media assault not only spits in the all-seeing eye of the machine but calls them out on their tactics. This week, We the People are privileged to witness one such occasion.
As noted by this space earlier in the week, over the weekend David Brock’s Media Matters, a Clinton Machine operation, dug up some old locker room talk from a much younger and definitely all male Tucker Carlson, and attempted to use it to embarrass him and his current media sponsor, Fox News, into pulling the plug on his punditry.
Monday night, Tucker responded. In a nutshell, he described how character assassination via social media is done, and then told the opposition to go pound sand.
Just to reiterate (thanks to Daily Wire for the transcript):
“As anyone who’s ever been caught in its gears can tell you, the great American outrage machine is a remarkable thing. One day you’re having dinner with your family, imagining everything is fine. The next, your phone is exploding with calls from reporters,” the host started his monologue. “They read you snippets from a press release written by Democratic party operatives. They demand to know how you could possibly have said something so awful and offensive. Do you have a statement on how immoral you are? It’s a bewildering moment, especially when the quotes in question are more than a decade old.”
“There’s really not that much you can do to respond. It’s pointless to try to explain how the words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context, or in any case bear no resemblance to what you actually think, or would want for the country. None of that matters. Nobody cares. You know the role you’re required to play: You are a sinner, begging the forgiveness of Twitter,” he continued. “So you issue a statement of deep contrition. You apologize profusely for your transgressions. You promise to be a better person going forward. With the guidance of your contrition consultants, you send money to whatever organization claims to represent the people you supposedly offended. Then you sit back and brace for a wave of stories about your apology, all of which are simply pretexts for attacking you again. In the end, you get fired, you lose your job.”…
“No matter what they take from you in the end, you must continue to pretend that these things are true: You are bad. They are good. The system is on the level,” he suggested.
“But what if we stopped pretending for a minute? What if we acknowledged what’s actually going on?” Carlson asked. The Left is “deadly serious,” he noted. “They plan to win it, whatever it takes. If that includes getting you fired, or silencing you, or threatening your family at home, or throwing you in prison, ok, they know what their goal is. If you’re in the way, they will crush you.”
“The left’s main goal, in case you haven’t noticed, is controlling what you think,” the host explained further. “In order to do that, they have to control the information that you receive. Google and Facebook and Twitter are on fully board with that. They’re happy to ban unapproved thoughts and they don’t apologize for it. They often do. So do the other cable channels, and virtually every major news outlet in this country.”
These are tactics to watch for.
Tucker is not apologizing for words said that have no real meaning in political debate, and if he ever truly is wrong, he promises to do so.
In the meantime, Tucker and Fox News are standing pat.
Nice try, Brock, but it won’t work with someone who has nothing to hide.