Tucker Carlson on Sarah Palin

I’m completely transfixed by this little mini-interview with Tucker Carlson, filmed on Tuesday. Carlson is a cable TV blowhard who I rarely get to experience. Here he is apparently with his guard relatively down, talking almost casually with Talking Points Memo’s David Kurtz, and oscillating wildly between the eminently reasonable and the absurd. He begins with (obligatory?) praise for new media, then launches into

It seems to me the essence of scientific inquiry is, bring it on. Test me. Ask an endless series of questions. Test every possible hypotheiss. I mean, that’s what science is, right? But in the name of it you have people say, the very fact that you would raise that question not only suggests but in fact proves that you are a moron, incapable of understanding the debate, or you’re evil, you’re being funded by some special interest that wants to pollute the earth. To impune the motives of people who ask questions in the name of science, that’s insane! In fact, it’s like a parody — it’s like a joke.

Without knowing the specific exchange Carlson is referring to here, it should go without saying that he’s sort of missed the point — that scientists entertain an “endless series of questions” from those who understand the issue under discussion. The continued insistence of a certain group of the right wing that global warming does not exist contradicts the 99% of the scientists who study the issue, and who are understandably irate at debating demagogues who obviously can not be persuaded.

But then comes really the meat — Carlson’s criticism of how the GOP convention is being handled, and on the choice of Sarah Palin as vice presidential candidate. His critique of the cancellation of convention events, and his critique, is great. Spot-on, I’d say, but also almost funny in his frankness and openness. “Go zanny!”

Posted: Thursday September 4, 2008 by Alesh Houdek · · Comment feed for this post: RSS, atom

 

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  1. isabel    Sep 6, 06:19 PM #  

    this guy is a msnbc correspondent and while he was at some dnc party sponsored by lockheed martin, he claimed he didn’t know who was sponsoring the party and advocated for defense contractors who fund, along with other corporations, these corporate parties called conventions…yuck. he’s a brusque, neo-con looking for financial stability veiled by some false patriotic values…



  2. Carlos D    Sep 8, 04:17 PM #  

    Wow, maybe the first time I’ve ever been impressed with Tucker Carlson. His Sarah Palin commentary is obviously correct and extremely sincere, something he has some difficulty communicating in his Television jobs.

    However, with regards to the Global Warming riff, I would imagine the opinion he expressed has more to do with his argument with Huffington than his actual feelings about the issue.

    Assuming he doesn’t contradict me in the panel I haven’t seen, he didn’t actually say he didn’t believe in it and he didn’t actually say we shouldn’t do anything about it. His expressing doubt and want for continued questioning is most certainly a valid point to make if he agrees we should still take precautionary measure to curb it.



  3. alesh    Sep 8, 05:14 PM #  

    He’s a neo-con? Maybe. I thought he was old-school preppie conservative. Obviously an asshole, but interesting anyway.

    Sure, he doesn’t say that he doesn’t believe in global warming. But what he does say is typical of the slimy weaseling that gets you to Intelligent Design getting equal time with evolution. Beware.

    My personal favorite part: white pants, no socks, boat shoes. If he’s an asshole, he’s very comfortable with his status as such.

    BTW, isabel points out that the green party has a presidential ticket with two black women on itt.



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