Accuracy in Media

Criticizing the current state of modern journalism, Tucker Carlson told Accuracy in Media (AIM) that journalists’ obsequious behavior, blatant bias and monolithic worldview have compromised the integrity of the nation’s fourth estate.

Carlson, a member of the Fox News team and a veteran journalist who co-founded The Daily Caller, asserts that many journalists bask in the presence of “the powerful” and are “…afraid to challenge anybody in power.”

“That’s kind of exactly the opposite of what you want. I mean the whole reason that journalists have a special kind of place in American society is because they’re entrusted with this job to kind of keep the powerful honest and to speak on behalf of the population and the second they go over to the other side and start sucking up to politicians for example, is the second they’ve betrayed that charge.”

Questioned about the media’s election coverage this year, Carlson opined, “I don’t think by and large they have been covering it, they’ve been advocating on behalf of one candidate against another.”

He explained that regardless of the election’s outcome, the media’s advocacy has destroyed its claim to objectivity.

Pointing out that a conflict of interest will arise if Trump wins and the largely anti-Trump media must report on his presidency, he said, “… how are they gonna cover that, the administration? Can they? Haven’t they discredited themselves?”

“By the way,” he continued, “if Hillary wins, same thing. They’ve been working for her election and now they’re in charge of telling us what her administration is doing. Can we trust them with that? I don’t think so.”

Condemning the practice of journalists who air their opinions on social media accounts, Carlson noted the corrosive effect this has on the public’s trust as people can easily discover a journalist’s political leanings.

Carlson says that while he values diversity, within the modern field of journalism “… everybody has the same experience, they’re all from the same world, they all have the same assumptions, they all went to the same schools.”

He described journalism school as an “indoctrination center” that perpetuates the lack of diversity of thought in the media industry.

“… journalism school is just another sameness factory that pumps out people with identical opinions, and by the way, it’s only accessible to a certain kind of person—the exact kind of person we don’t need any more of in journalism—affluent, entitled, activist.”

Carlson believes journalists should seek the truth, “even if it leads them into uncomfortable places and especially if it leads them to places they didn’t expect to arrive…that’s what I thought journalism was, pursuit of what’s true, of accuracy, but not just accuracy, of truth.”

In 2011, Carlson was a recipient of AIM’s Reed Irvine Award for excellence in journalism.




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Comments

  • newsel

    Tucker nailed it …. an independent media is almost non existent and it is not just in the USA. The UK’s Daily Telegraph, The Economist and the Financial Times have become, over the past few years, as equally biased as most of the US MSM as they report their brand of Disinformation. Thankfully we now have the internet and alternative media that allows for counteracting the biased journalists being pumped out of the institutions Tucker is referring to.

    This media hate fest on Trump and taking most of statements out of context is way beyond anything we have ever previously experienced. The exploitation of the Khan story is a classic example – did Clinton get the same treatment from the press for her attack on Mrs. Smith post the GOP convention? Hell no.

  • TPS12

    Well said, there are no real journalist any more. As for trust not even a little.

  • Maggietish

    Carlson is absolutely right. We unfortunately don’t have any journalists in the United States any longer. All we have is the biased liberal media who fail to report the truth and have no credibility at all with the American people. They don’t hold any candidate that they are supporting, and they are always liberal candidates, and actually cover up for those candidates even when they have committed atrocities against this Nation and the American people. They continue to give their biased liberal political opinion and nobody cares what they think and we certainly don’t want to hear it anymore. We know that they are in the pocket of every Liberal candidate regardless of how destructive that candidate is to our Nation and the American people. There was a recent “so called” press conference that Hillary Clinton had last week. The attendees were Black and Hispanic only, no Whites. It wasn’t disclosed whether these attendees were actually journalists or journalist students. The questions that were asked of Hillary Clinton had no substance to them and were more or less powderpuff questions. Not only were the attendees screened but it was reported so were the questions. It’s insulting to the American people that Hillary Clinton and her campaign and the “so called” journalists think that we believe this dog and pony show. Why hasn’t Hillary Clinton had an authentic news conference for months? What is she afraid of? What is she hiding? Why is the biased liberal news media protecting her and covering up for her even if it is to the detriment of the United States and the American people? The biased liberal press and media had betrayed what true journalists are supposed to be about. If they think the American people don’t get it, they’re bigger losers than we already think they are. That’s why Donald Trump is getting the support he’s getting and the more the liberal biased news media attacks and tries to demonize him, the more supporters he gets. The American people have had enough. We are taking back America as the November election will prove.

  • newsel

    This also needs more air time: Never Forget.

    Who needs a CinC that does not have your back?

    http://www.aim.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/AIM-Citizens-Commission-on-Benghazi-FINAL-REPORT-June-2016.pdf

  • John Lock

    Journalism has been dead for decades as the Universities started putting down free speech in favor of social justice. Now they are nothing but a far left wing presenter. No Freedom of Speech anymore just look at how they attack in unison any that stay to the Conservative side.

  • RightVote

    A reminder to all:

    FREEDOM of the PRESS is guaranteed only to those who own one ……OR……..work for One !

    The rest of us are confined to the blogosphere for News and Comment !

  • Steven Barrett

    Anybody take notice that Carlson has been more of a talking head than a “journalist” for so long that he’s able to pull even this amount of wool over the public’s eyes for so long?
    Really want to improve reporting? Drop the word “journalist,” a pretentious word if there ever was one. Just repeat it a few times by yourself, let it roll around in your heads and mouth a few times and you’ll get what I mean. I used to be a reporter, news editor (when typewriters were used and paste-up was really pasting up waxed “copy” on glass sheets late until the early morning hours for a small three town weekly in western Mass. I also know quite a bit about how ideology can overtake better commonsense when it comes to reporting and presenting what you’ve learned in a clear coherent manner for your readers.
    What Carlson does is so far removed from real reporting that I sometimes wonder if he’s totally confused and misinformed about the difference between infotainment, entertainment, and real reporting. Like so many of Fox’s other talking heads, he’s an expert with the snarky line, the sarcastic phrase and when and where to inject FNC’s ideological zinger so as to “accentuate” the point he and his employer is trying to make. I guess it’s his way of making others “more accountable.”
    By the way, it’s not the reporter’s, or pundit’s or talking heads’ job to make or “hold others more accountable.” That’s what courts are for. It’s the job of the reporter to have that doggedness of Inspector Javert if need be to find out the facts and only the facts and report them back to the public, but not in Javert-fashion, to also play judge and jury. It’s not the reporter’s job to become as dispassionate as Javert especially when an outrageous act has been committed and strong reportage needs to be done and done accurately and fairly. On the other hand, it’s not the role of the press corps to set itself up as an alternative court “holding people accountable.”
    Gawd, I hate that particular word, i.e. “accountable” because it is used so often by so many dolts in so many places and times that the very act of illustrating an injustice is at risk of being watered down by “journalists” seeking more revenge and bigger names for themselves than justice for those unable to speak for themselves because they have been rendered too defenseless by a very crass and overly materialistic society that reveres the so-called “almighty dollar” than the dignity of every man woman and child.
    I used to be pretty conservative. In fact, I interned at the National Journalism Center in Spring 1983. It was a terrific experience and I learned much interning under the tutelage of some extremely gifted people, most notably Stan Evans. Thirty years have passed and while I’m not a regular reporter anymore, I don’t regret this, so I’m not posting this out of spite or envy of Carlson, etc. I don’t know the man personally but I find his style of sharing the news (to put it charitably) very off-putting and not at all what I was taught during my training to become a reporter which I had to learn how to master even before I could consider myself ready to become a syndicated columnist which was my primary dream. More important events and people came into my life, (i.e. marriage to my wife Ruth of 33 years and our four adult children and two grand children.) Plus the need to maintain regular employment necessitated that I take on full-time employment so I could continue writing on a part time basis if I desired. But family always came first. That’s one aspect of “DC life” I wasn’t about to let interfere with far more significant people in my life. The DC area bubble’s nice, lots of important people to meet (and the same can be said for Carlson’s Manhattan base) . . . but none of that’s worth making others pay the horrific price for my vanity and careerist notions. Oh, boy, did I want to be an “important syndicated journalist” and even used to use that “j-word” in my younger days, but at what price? And what price was I willing to put my ideological views ahead of common sense and the facts as I was dealing with them before me rather than allowing my biases to overcome what anybody with any shred of political street smarts could see.
    Sometimes the readers know full well what the stories are going to look like ahead and don’t mind that because so long as the facts are correct, they can always rely on those stories to share with others no matter what their particular ideological views are. The price of eggs is by far more important to most middle class folks than what some inside the beltway or talking head like Carlson is pontificating about on FNC.
    Let’s get honest here: What’s more important in the daily lives of most people, how Hillary Clinton responded to some reporter’s umpteenth boring question about the same boring as hell email issue or what they read about in the local news portion of their paper concerning a possible temporary increase in property taxes to purchase new snow removal equipment? What helps us more as a society come together, snarky stories about Black Lives Matter because the very idea of an organized protest movement wants to highlight and correct behavior that’s besmirching the public image all of us should have for our local police wherever we live, or taking the time to just write up more stories highlighting the good and most often overlooked good actions officers take to improve the lives of people on their beat, no matter what they look like, who they love, and so forth?
    If this question is too damn difficult for the Carlsons and others like him, and ideologues on the left, who can’t seem to shake their blinders off to paying more attention to the reasons why a reporter, not a journalist, pulls out his or her notebook to write and share a (factual) story about something newsworthy, even if it’s not a “above-the-fold” time-pressed banner story. Just because the story doesn’t bleed or scream doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of more attention compared to the more violent stories and ideological dog-whistle variety. Donald Trump’s incoherent and incompetently run campaign is important. But so is what’s happening on our streets in the many smaller population centers that often do not get the attention they deserve. If you want to learn and understand real politics, don’t take your morning readings from a nice-looking, nice talking, smooth as ice and nearly (camera-wise infallible) mannequin for your “news.” There’s lots of old timer writers who still know how to find their ways around your town halls and local court houses and know who the real movers and shakers are to pay more attention to when it comes to the things most people care about learning on a regular basis. As Tip O’Neill put it, and he started out locally in the same neighborhood he died in, “All politics is local.”

  • sox83cubs84

    I don’t watch CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and MSLSD, and don’t read daily newspapers, local or national, and haven’t for 8 years, precisely for the reasons Carlson outlined. Sites like AIM, MRC, National Review, Judicial Watch and others, as well as Fox News and conservative radio greats like Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin and others are the only sources I feel I can get the real story from, and not just what the news divisions want to promote.

  • madhatter46

    Speak truth to power? Nothing but Orwell’s, ‘Ministry of Truth.” Goebbels is saluting in his grave.

  • Steven Barrett

    Sox, get a life. Seriously. Did you ever give thought, even the slightest thought, that your sure fire list of sources could be giving you nothing but bull? All sides sling it; sometimes it’s slung intentionally and sometimes not. But man, you’ve got to open your eyes. Ever ask yourself if Limbaugh’s nothing more than a paid shill for whatever company whose owners have the stomach to take chances on when his next meltdown will occur and he’ll burn their customer base as well?

  • sox83cubs84

    I do have a life, Steven, and part of that life is to support America and reveal the lies and deception of the liberal media, it’s heroes, and it’s followers such as yourself. I love both God and country, and am infuriated by what Ovomit and Hildabeast are doing and plan to do with it, and with the pretend journalists at the sources I cite, whose liberal bias has never been more obvious than it is currently. Those who don’t acknowledge this such as yourself are either blind, in denial, or beholden to the Socialist/Communist interests of the Democrat party as it exists today.

  • Steven Barrett

    madhatter, take a look at the final sentence posted by Maggietish. Something tells me she’s been watching that part in Cabaret where the Hitler Youth kid gets up to sing “Tomorrow Belongs to Me.” Within a dozen years that kid’s Germany didn’t even belong to itself and it was crushed. People should be cautious as to what they wish for; sometimes they only need a spark to get the burner going again. Others think they need a blowtorch and … well, it doesn’t pay to be around when things get out of hand. That’s what we risk with Trump.

  • Steven Barrett

    Hmmm. Interesting take on what you call a “life” if most, if not all, of it consists in what you just described, which is pretty sad. And what kind of person who says he or she loves “both God and country” but uses such insulting descriptions of President Obama and Fmr. Secretary Clinton? That’s your idea of showing how much love you have for your fellow human being and country? You’d better stick to following baseball, which I’m sure you’re much better at. But I can see why you seem so frustrated with life considering who you’re rooting for.

  • sox83cubs84

    My life has many facets to it and, like a typical liberal, you seek to judge it when you know nothing about it other than what I told you. I use insulting terms for Ovomit, Hitlery, and other liberal politicians becuase respect is a commodity to be earned, not automatically granted. Their lies, corruption, and other ideological beliefs that go against the Constitution earn them nothing but my contempt. The same goes for their cheerleaders and water carriers in the liberal media. If my life is so off-base, liberal, why is it that the only comments on this page that condemn my thoughts and beliefs are yours?

  • Steven Barrett

    In fairness to Tucker Carlson, I must admit, he’s way ahead of the curve when it comes to demonstrating any demonstrable skills in reporting and sharing his findings in the direction of a more level-headed manner Sean Hannity, television’s answer to radio’s Rush Limbaugh and a small man’s version of both Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham combined. When it comes to rating the best and most qualified reporters for Fox, it’d have to be (in no particular order) no other than Megan Kelly, Bill O’Reilly and Tucker Carlson. It’s just a shame that Carlson has allowed himself to become more of a “personality” type of former reporter (which he was in Arkansas as a print reporter). Thankfully O’Reilly and Kelly haven’t forgotten how to be reporters and where they started. Likewise the same can be said for my favorite, Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. I know conservatives love to hate her views, but I challenge any serious conservative writer to debunk her credentials as a reporter and top rate observer of today’s political field. Her personal life has no bearing on this or her views; what’s most important is the professionalism a reporter brings to his or her assignment or beat. And you can look at the rest of NBC’s other beat reporters across the nation and globe and I challenge anybody to find a more professional organization that delivers the news. Never mind ratings; that’s for the infotainment people. I’m just writing about giving the public the news and little more and letting the public judge. Unfortunately, Fox has not done a good job in measuring up to its old slogan of giving the news and letting its viewers decide.
    Right now, the quality of professional reporting at MSNBC and NBC is as good if not better than that of CBS’s much vaunted newsroom prior to the dark day when news was taken over by the network’s entertainment division during the early 80s when the Reagan administration loosened up the FCC rules for television.
    It all kind of reminds me of my days working for that small three town paper when the changes at CBS and national broadcasting also took place. One of the differences between publishing a really nice professional looking newspaper and a local “shopper” happened when we took advertising off the front page and where editorials were published four pages in. Straight news and opinions needed to be kept separate from the commercial pressures, even if the local companies were paying for ads. After all, how would the public know if the stories they read reflected what actually happened or what the local advertisers wanted the public to know? Sure, biases are always a part of “the news bidnez” but they didn’t have to always reflect the demands of those who were paying for the “rev’nue” to squash as much “filler” out of the public’s eyes. Good heavens, truth. Can’t have too much of that stuff when the captains of capitalism get around to deciding what’s fit to print. Sigh, what price hath truth today when truths about ugly facts people need to know about are continually concealed just to keep the profits rolling in? Just asking that question alone will land any self respecting reporter in trouble, especially when the publisher or holding company is very “conservative” when it comes to free enterprise. Well, I’ve yet to discover one genuine conservative who’ll come out and defend the right of businesses to do as they please sans any gov’t safety regulations to answer to the public for breaking, especially if in the act of doing so, they endangered many people as did the “conservatives” in Michigan recently.
    Sometimes the “most conservative” thing we can do to uphold the public order is to simply state and print the facts regardless of what un-elected or tossed out of office “experts” working for think tank ideologues … who all get their pay from big corporations who couldn’t give a rat’s tail for the public weal. Conservatism properly understood must never be allowed to be confused with shilling for the private sector’s top bosses mistakes or for that matter be turned into a daily apologia organ for the government establishment figures. Conservatism seeks to conserve, honor and promote all that reflects the best of mankind; not promote what is most expedient all because some hidden paymaster has determined what the public should or shouldn’t know.
    This is the major mortal sin of infotainment and the sacrifice of good reporting on the mean base altar belonging to Mammon.

  • Theodre Hartrich

    Steven STFU.

  • D. G. Williams

    It is very hard to speak about Obama or Clinton without offering insults. Both have lied repeatedly to the American public and act as if they are above the law. Obama can’t open his mouth without insulting American citizens or America itself. Obama is one of the most divisive and devious politicians in America. The Clintons are devoid of morals or ethics.

  • Steven Barrett

    What a pitiable lot of sad sacks.

  • justmewhoelse12

    You left out how so many MSM “journalists” are married to those in government, Senate, House and White House. Pretty sick. They marry for more POWER nothing else. Political/media “incest”

  • ItsJo

    A patriot can LOVE his/her country and hate the Marxist leaders, that have an agenda to take Down, Arrogant(Obama’s word) America, as he first started out, going on his World Tour, demeaning this Republic. If You, cannot see what these Elitists have done AGAINST America, then You, have NOT been paying attention for a Long time in Hillary’s case, and 8+ years in Obama’s world. Note, Many of us, as “political Junkies” have been ‘on the ball’ for a Long time Son, and we are entitled to voice our opinions without your reprimanding ANYONE………

  • ItsJo

    Thank you D.G., for More clarification on What these two Really ARE.

  • ItsJo

    The Mess this Republic is in, and actually the world, because of the INEPT/Corrupt Obama And Hillary Regime speaks volumes…EVEN as they call Out Trump for ‘dark, serious speeches…..well, HE is telling the TRUTH. The Demothugs like You, want to “Put on a Happy Face”….it’s what they do, to fool people into thinking things are Great. More Lies in other words. Wake the hell up you little troll and stop spewing bullshi*

  • Steven Barrett

    Who’s “reprimanding” who? At least I haven’t dishonored you with the kind of “reply” I received from Theodore Hartrich below, have I? Who’s afraid of some honest give n’ take. Not I. Learn the art of give n’ take. It’ll make political participation a lot more meaningful and enjoyable. It doesn’t always have to be trench warfare or the equal to that food fight in “Animal House.”

  • IronChefSandwiches

    LOLOLOLOL Tucker Carlson works at the most biased “news” organization in America and HE’S complaining about fairness? That’s rich. As far as the mainstream media being against Trump? Nonsense. All they do is provide video tape of him speaking and people hate him more and more each day. That’s not bias. That’s reporting. You people are so ridiculous, it’s frightening.

  • Brian Blohm

    I agree with what Tucker says but he is just as much the problem. I watched him for months now along with many,many other Fox “news”people while they try to scare everyone into thinking Trump is our lord and savior. Disgusting. If they would have spent half the time looking at character and the core of the candidate we may actually find a leader. I refuse to vote for either of these people. I would not work for them let alone trust them to do what is right for me when all they do is put themselves first and as far as journalism … It is almost non-existent at Fox or any other tv news source. They make there choice and then suppress or drum up the news to fit what they think is best for all because they absolutely think they are above all of us peasants and we are lucky too have the “wisdom” that spews from them. If you look back at society before 24/7 cable “news” and the start of the internet and then fast forward 25yrs. then you tell me why this country is so sick. It was up to candidates to prove themselves and not a brainwashing and fear injected line of B.S that the talking heads ram down are throats everyday of the week. I hope you don’t lose your integrity in your journey or your dignity. Searching for God doesn’t hurt either.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    What next, OJ Simpson dispensing marital advice?

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    Probably because this site gathers a bunch of right-wing lunatics like moths to a flame.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    “Free speech for me, but not for thee.”

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    They seem like people who spend a lot of time yelling at their radios, don’t they?

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    This country is better off in every way than it was on January 20th, 2009. It gets better demographically every day, too, as the Gipper generation gets planted, slowly but surely.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    Remember when Saint Reagan got all those Marines blown up in Lebanon?

  • sox83cubs84

    If I’m gonna take a liberal seriously, it’s NOT gonna be one who compares Curly the Stooge to Jesus Christ.

  • sox83cubs84

    You should change your ID to MoeLarryandMe. You seem about as intelligent as Curly the Stooge.

  • sox83cubs84

    While covering up all of Hitlery’s scandals, corruption, and eccentric behavior. That’s bias, not reporting.

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  • madhatter46

    Was picking Mike Pence a Nazi-like move? Does his list of Supreme Court candidates further Nazi ideology? My goodness, I didn’t vote for Trump in primary but would vote for your shoe before any Clinton. Let’s go Back to Jerry Zeifman, her boss with the Watergate Commission—“she was an unethical, dishonest lawyer.” Named after Sir Hillary’s fame? Whitewater? Travelgate? A feminist who attacks all of Billy’s sexual escapade liaisons? Shot at in Bosnia? Looking parents in the eye, while standing in front of 4 coffins and lying to their faces? Accumulating over 100 million for quid pro quo donations? So poor but owning four estates? Having a foundation that only distributes 10% of its revenue to charity? Demonizing Wall Street as she collects millions from the likes of Goodman Sachs? Complaining about the cost of college as she gets hundreds of thousands for a 40 minute boiler plate speech? Trump and Nazis? Is his list of Supreme Court judges a threat to the Constitution? Is a vote for you and not for me a prologue to fascism? Isn’t the massive attack from the leftist mainstream media enough to defend anybody running against a Clinton? A government of, by, and for the People or to just maintain the power of an Establishment Class? Please–let’s have sex in the Oval Office again. Wow and the last 8 years was bad? Funny but most totalitarian evil comes from the left–see Lenin/Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, the guillotine. Even Mussolini started out as a Communist. Government control of the economy?

  • newsel

    Strawman argument as we are not talking of being in harm’s way, rather of not attempting a rescue, taking the phone off the hook and then lying about a video.

    Along with the 241 US dead there were also 58 French dead. One of the findings was that the Rules of Engagement prevented those posted on guard duty to load and fire in a timely manner. One has to wonder who put those RoE in place?

    Took a while but Iran, as the perpetrator, are now (April 2016) going to be forced to cough up …. and we did a nuclear deal with these merchants of death releasing more funds for terror related attacks and also handed over $400M in ransom money. Now just how dumb is that?

    “Iran funds can go to US Beirut blast victims – Supreme Court”
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36095854

    This is a stagering list that covers a lot more than one Presidency….
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Islamist_terrorist_attacks

  • Steven Barrett

    Of course it’s impossible for both logistical and constitutional reasons, but sometimes I can’t help chuckling to myself at how much revenue the gov’t could raise by tacking a luxury tax on the time wasted by so many avid listeners and watchers of righty-tighty talking head shows on both the idiot box and radio. Just as the old United Negro College Fund ads smartly reminded the public, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Even minds that are half used.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    You seem about as intelligent as a Don Zimmer bowel movement.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    Both dead Jewish comedians. What’s the problem here?

  • Julia

    No kidding. I just read your editor’s post on Breitbart
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/08/09/surrender-jamie-weinstein-hillary-clinton-daily-caller/
    A perfect example of journalism gone awry. You should tell him that comedy isn’t working for him either.

  • Rob Mariner

    In my youth I wanted to become a journalist, follow in the footsteps of Edward R. Murrow, John Cameron Swayze, Walter Cronkite and others who cast personal views aside and questioned everyone, all angles, all sides. Americans considered ourselves fortunate that our journalism was very much like the founding fathers had intended, antagonistic to all, beholden to none. After a military stint I wanted to return to my quest but journalism was already becoming a political tool; play this up, play this down, say nothing at all about this… Sell your soul for the price of a paycheck. We used to refer to the Soviet Union’s Pravda and Cuba’s Granma as examples of state-run “journalism”, but we have sunk far lower than they ever did. “Journalism” has become a tool here in America to bolster one political party and destroy the other. The “Fourth Estate”, antagonistic to all, beholden to none, is dead.

  • JimmyBgood

    Thanks! You are proving Carlson’s point

  • Fat Elvis

    I would hope, if Trump wins, that he would pull the White House press passes of the most aggregious violaters of journalistic integrity. Just kick them out of the Press Room for the duration of his presidency. They would lose their minds, and it would be so much fun to watch.
    Wishful thinking, I know

  • ptsargent

    One example, just one, of the b.s. you’re slinging here. just one!

  • ptsargent

    Answer to your pathetic question: the kind of person is fed up with lies and innuendos and distortions and misdirection and people like you who personify all those descriptors of liberals in America today.

  • ptsargent

    And, pray tell, what do you listen to and watch to confuse yourself so?

  • ptsargent

    And what do we risk with Hillary? I’ll help you. Nothing! We already know the Hell into which she will lead us. It will look like the Benghazi American consulate did the day after she failed to respond to the 3 AM call to save four Americans lives. Or the hellhole cities in Iraq that she and her sad-sack boss abandoned in order to win an election. If she wins you guys deserve what you will get. The rest of us don’t.

  • Steven Barrett

    I’ll take woodworking DIY’s, especially those where preserving historical buildings are highlighted. Even Bill O’s recent series on the Founders is pretty interesting. While it’s unreasonable for anybody to expect O’Reilly or any other author/producer to top David McCullough’s works on the Founders, and John Adams in particular, it was refreshing to finally see more spotlight given to one of our worst pols, Aaron Burr.

  • Steven Barrett

    People like me? Well sir, I don’t just sling any ol’ B.S., I give everybody the best, right up there with the 90 percent plus. I won’t shortchange ya. And I’ll admit that unlike a lot of other guys who evolved from a formerly righty tighty and limited perspective on life and politics in his youth to a more expansive and open minded later years . . . I haven’t recognized Righty (i.e., very wrong-headed kind of BS) when I see it from miles away, if not actually smell it even if the wind’s blowing it in the opposite direction. Ageing senses just can’t rid one of what that stuff smells like. Have a good night n’ some laughs on me.

  • rosewater49

    I am amazed that so-called journalists either don’t think they are biased (as all people are) or don’t care. My thinking is that they don’t care and all want to be Woodwards and Bernsteins, activists fighting the ‘good’ fight against ‘evil’ republicans. I’m sure their work is reinforced by their other activist friends so that how can they be wrong. It’s really sickening.

  • renegade313

    Imhho the founders would say…
    ” LOCK THEM ALL UP”

  • Theodre Hartrich

    I have been called much worse by my Demoncratic committee leader.

  • marcg57

    Carlson is right.

  • tony2581

    He’s a hack & a lightweight.

  • Shesnothome40

    Thanks, Tucker! Most of the people I know are aware the media is in big trouble because being a “celebrity” is the real aim of the journalist instead of seeking out the TRUTH and reporting it regardless of who it indicts, degrades, and destroys. Recently the answers given in a Congressional Committee investigations by Ms. Clinton, Ms. Lynch, and Mr. Comey and the travesty of refusing to answer by IRS Lois Lerner earlier is a disgrace to every legal American and is destructive to this nation. They are all lawyers and all coached to “not answer!” or respond repeatedly with boring statements as did Ms. Lynch.

  • Steven Barrett

    LOL, I’m sure you take ’em in stride. I was held to be an outright dangerous warmonger because I dared to question the nuclear freeze, sister cities and nuclear free zone ideas. I’m liberal, but not without a healthy amount of circumspection floating through my political veins; which is something I wish more of the academics in my area of western Massachusetts had back in the early 80s.

  • SonofLiberty7

    Is Peggy Noonan a paid shill? She has raised similar concerns. While I try to practice, and advocate, relying on a wide range of news sources, both stateside and abroad (and in more than just English), every foray I make to the liberal side only serves to remind me of their increased shrillness every election year.

  • SonofLiberty7

    Don’t be coy. The condescension of your “I’m the sophisticated erudite gracing you unwashed with my enlightened presence” act was not lost on anyone. Pretending you possess the moral high ground, when the opposite is true, is a tired tactic liberals use to try to impose their PC dogma.
    We’re not putting up with it anymore.
    Feel free to peddle your ideas somewhere else.
    We’re not interested.

  • SonofLiberty7

    Circular logic. “They are conservative, therefore they must be lunatics.”
    So why are you here, besides the fact you enjoy provoking people?
    Your choice of name is proof of that.

  • SonofLiberty7

    Jesus is divine, and Curly was funny. You’re neither, so you’re name is still meant to provoke.

  • SonofLiberty7

    Insults are the last resort of one losing the argument. At the least you could have come up with something witty.

  • terry1956

    I doubt any of the founders before ratification of the US Constitution would have said lock reporters up.
    Now yes the federalist in congress and John Adams violated the Constitution with the sedition act but the voters took care of that by making the second federalist president the last federalist party president.
    At least the Sedition bill spelled out the common law authority of the jury to ignore the bill if they thought it would be unjust to convict the defense on violating the act so there was very few convictions.
    Being that John Adams and Hamilton had supported jury nullification, as well as other top federalist plus also most of the Jeffersonian party then the act did not cause near as much damage.
    Now Hamilton and some of the other federalist party members really did not want a federation, they wanted a centralized nation controlled from DC and with at least one bill got the prosecution of a defendant moved far from his peers and the vicinage and much closer to the state capital.
    That act was the Whisky Tax passed under George Washington .
    That was a big reason some of the farmers in western PA tarred and feathered the tax collector,because they knew they would not get a fair trial by jury when they refused to pay the whisky tax.
    Some of the FINOS ( federalist in name only) even tried to get a Gallatin thrown in prison.
    Anyway when Jefferson became the third president the whisky tax and other internal federal taxes were eliminated with custom duties and other import taxes being the only source of federal taxes.
    Jefferson’s secretary of the Treasury was the very man who the FINOs wanted to throw in prison-Gallatin.

  • terry1956

    Swayze was a good reporter,Murrow less so and Cronkite the least although he still was far better than most today in the MSM.
    Cronkite got a big award after his retirement from the highly Un American World Federalist Society in which in the acceptance speech he said the US must give up sovereignty to a global government.
    He also said that in his retirement he no longer had to be neutral on that and could advocate for the world government.
    Appearing at the award ceremony via video was then the first lady of the United States Hillary Clinton giving thumbs up for the goals of a world government.

  • Steven Barrett

    “We’re not interested.” Hmmm, does “we” happen to work for or officially represent AIM? If so, then say so. Something tells me you’re holding back something. Perhaps what really sticks in your throat “SonofLiberty” is that I strayed from the ultra ideologically narrow conservative pasture and worst of all, I lived to write about it and demonstrate that it’s possible to survive with an open mind and heart for the little guy. As a married man and father of four adult children, I can tell you real dollar and cent circumstances speak louder than any mile high pile of pious ideologically pure calls to trust solely in the free market. Solely. Get real. Babies don’t put their appetites on hold so a just above the poverty-line Dad can somehow round up his contacts like a wealthy Tucker Carlson and people in his inner circle (that’s very well connected, and I don’t fault him for this) … especially when writers like myself lived far from Washington and the area I lived in then, as I do now, happens to be one of the most predominately liberal congressional districts in the nation. Yes, I changed, and I changed for the better and stopped remaining so damn cynical and stingy because losing my job opened my eyes to what far poorer and less connected, if they have any connections at all, have to deal with every damn time some wealthy Republican congressman or senator is able to jam or delay funding necessary to help the people just trying to get by do just that, get by. They don’t have the luxury of going out and buying conservative authors’ latest “you can do it” motivational nonsense when they the price of that book will set their budgets back a full week if not more.
    Have I accepted UE, some food assistance, applied for SNAP, fuel assistance and SSDI … which I qualified for by earning well enough quarters before I reluctantly had to apply for it … yes. But I was and remain a property owner (something very sacrosanct in the eyes of most conservatives, unless they have upgraded their qualifications for ideal property owner to that of people owning nice big homes in gated communities. Good luck finding them in the more sensibly and far more civic minded towns of New England and other parts of the Northeast.
    Being a liberal or conservative is by nowhere near as important as living up to one’s own wedding vows and providing for his or her family so that one day, he or she can say to the Lord, I put you before some party’s plank and I kindly hope and pray you’ll keep this in mind before you make your final judgment. Yeah, let another cat of the bag; you can tell I’m not one of the Frozen Chosen who buy into that “once saved, always saved” nonsense. You can lose it, and it doesn’t take a lot. Just read MT 25 in case you and whatever “we” you happen to represent, with or (most likely not) their express permission. LOL, just who are the “we” you’re writing on behalf of, neo-Bourbonites, neo-Stuarts, neo-Federalists, neo-Dixie Plantation Slavocrats, neo-Romanovs or whatever favorite “brand” of “we”s you’d like to see calling all the shots and forcing the rest of us who have to live in the real world where compromises must be made if for no other reason, like I pointed to above, than to keep keep the damn roofs over our heads, clothes on our backs and our kids from starving. Or would you prefer us to undo all the reforms made by John Hancock in the wake of the so-called “unsuccessful” Shays’ Rebellion, which happens to be the first and last ever successfully righteous insurrection in American history. Shays beat the “we” of his time, and if I were you, I wouldn’t be so smug in tossing that little word around as if it were as light as the manacles worn by so many farmers thrown into debtors prisons across New England and the Northeast.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    It’s “your name,” you illiterate Jesoid hump. You’re too stupid to recognize funny.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    Your choice of name is proof that you’re a drone.

  • SonofLiberty7

    If that were true, then I must be on good batteries. This is my only Disqus account, and I’ve had it since 2010.

  • SonofLiberty7

    Jesoid? I haven’t heard that term since I last upset a Wiccan. So are you?
    And what’s funny to you isn’t necessarily rooted in what most consider healthy humor.
    No, I think you find it funny to ridicule others who disagree with you.
    No wonder you’re attracted to Alinsky’s methods.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    The only people on the planet who care about Alinsky are the members of your little shithead right-wing nutjob circle jerk.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    I’ve had this username for 20 years, chuckles.

  • SonofLiberty7

    Nu?
    I didn’t accuse you of being a drone.
    Just a provocateur.

  • SonofLiberty7

    Aren’t you the tense Wiccan fellow.
    Most of my Wiccan friends have thicker skins.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    I’m not Wiccan, you silly little bastard.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    And you’re just a racist nationalist fool who likes to jack off in public.

  • SonofLiberty7

    Wow, Steven. Usually, when I say “Don’t be coy,” I don’t normally get to hear what they’ve been through over the last several years.
    Now, I don’t what AIM is. I looked it up and got about 50 results, so unless you meant the American Indian Movement or some villain’s association in Marvel comic books, I’m really not sure I can disavow it until I know what it is. Pardon my apparent obtuseness, but you got me on that one.
    Seriously, now, I would like to put politics aside for a moment.
    You’re right. I have been holding back. I don’t normally divulge things from my personal life. I value my privacy, as much because my wife’ and my identities have been stolen before, as because some people are low enough that they use it as fodder to taunt.
    I can relate to what you’ve been through. These last several years have been hard.
    When I left the Navy instead of sticking it out another eight for a pension, I thought I could do better for my family with the bachelor’s degree I had earned going to night school. I was wrong. I had to work construction, and then retail, and reinvent myself by studying IT. I earned a few certifications and found a decent job. After a few years of that, I was laid off, and it has been one temp job after another just trying to make ends meet.
    Like you, I have kids, and a house that I’ve struggled to hold onto. I do my own repairs, not because I enjoy plumbing or roofing, but because we can’t afford to hire anyone. ( I do like the finishing part of carpentry, though. Staining a piece of wood and watching the beauty pop out…if I could make a living doing that, I would be a happy man.)
    So you take SSDI? So what? If someone in your family is disabled, it was made for people in your situation. I know people at my church with handicapped kids. I don’t begrudge that to them, or you.
    I don’t know how you see people on my side of the aisle, but know that this one is not without compassion, because I’ve been on the receiving end of some charity from my church, and my father, and sometimes even my brothers. Without help, we couldn’t have made it this far. My wife and I have prayed not knowing how we were going to pay for a car repair, or a medical bill, or a rise in our home insurance. God has come through every time. The only really scared person has been my neighbor, the stock broker, when I joke that my wife and I are thinking about buying a few chickens, and maybe a goat for the milk.
    So, when I say “we”, I just mean my wife and I, our two sons, and, maybe someday, a few chickens.

  • SonofLiberty7

    Ah. An atheist, then?
    Excuse me, a thin-skinned atheist?

  • SonofLiberty7

    Oh, no, he went nuclear!
    Is that the best you’ve got?
    I was in the Navy, and I’ve heard nurses who can insult better than that.
    You wouldn’t last one day around Navy nurses, much less the corpsmen.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    My brother recently retired from the Navy after 25 years as a corpsman. We get along fine and wingnuts like you make him laugh.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    The thin-skinned one here is the jackoff whining about my username.

  • Steven Barrett

    Thank you for your very thoughtful reply SonOfLiberty and yes, I can identify with much of what you shared. Though we certainly approach the world we’re having to deal with, and many of its unnecessarily inexplicable twists, turns and games played by the leaders in our system who seem to take as much satisfaction, if not more in gaming the system viz keeping their eye on the reasons they’ve been entrusted by the public to work on its behalf. Some of our elected officials and many of their supporters whom they have rewarded with good paying jobs in both public service and private sector lobbying jobs … all of which still effect our lives in general … forget that once the votes have been counted, they’re responsible for serving people from all walks of life within their respective states, districts, etc. not to mention the nation as a whole.
    Though I’ve heard it and read it, I still cannot accurately imagine the frustration that you and any Veteran must be going through finding such an inhospitable job situation, esp. when so many jobs have been stripped away by “managers” more interested in meeting the next quarterly statements than in building a sound domestic economy that benefits us all; not just their damn investors. I worked for the Federal Courts, a state corrections system and a state university. But for all the years I put into those jobs, as a military dependent, I can say without a doubt, they don’t add up to even the basic minimums the DoD is asking of our Service Men and Women nowadays; especially when so many Vets are sent back far more times than any Vietnam War combat vet was ever expected to serve.
    Thank you for your thoughtful,reply and I hope I’ve been able to smooth over some unnecessarily rough waters kicked up by myself.
    May you and your family get to experience a more successful future that you have truly earned if for no other reason than for the service you’ve given to our nation. Thank you.

  • SonofLiberty7

    And yet I don’t have to resort to vulgarity to rile you up. When you let someone steer you into emotional outbursts, it reveals a chink in your armor. You can use any name you want, its a free country (well, almost any — I suppose there might be some names that the moderators might ban.)
    My point is that if you use a provocative name, it seems odd to act insulted when your name provokes a response or ridicule.

  • SonofLiberty7

    I was an HM1, and we had a few liberals. They usually kept it to themselves, though. After 25 years, he probably made MCPO. Aviation, surface, or submariner community?
    Tell him I said thanks for his service, but he needs to teach his brother how to insult more creatively. Good banter is an art form.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    And you’re artless. There are no funny conservatives. Ignorance, especially the willful ignorance you people specialize in, is the death of humor.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    I didn’t act insulted.

    It doesn’t take much to provoke you wingnuts. You stomp through life looking for offense. No wonder you find it so often.

  • SonofLiberty7

    I wasn’t offended. I’m curious what Jesus ever did to you to make you so angry at Him.

  • SonofLiberty7

    “Willful ignorance” is how you label the phenomena you cannot fathom, the fact that we won’t submit and participate in your mental disorders.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    72% of Repiglicans doubt Obama was born in Hawaii. You people are batshit idiots.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    Jesus doesn’t exist and therefore has never done anything to me.

  • SonofLiberty7

    If he doesn’t exist, why are you so mad at Him?

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    Why do you see anger where none exists? Jesus is one of my favorite fictional comedic characters.

  • helen willis

    This is a good article, Alex. I do think that journalists realized during the Watergate fiasco that they had enormous power, and their egos went off the charts. They stopped doing research and began tabloid journalism, which became addicting. Now every paper is the Globe or the National Enquirer, and there are few reliable sources of what actually happened. Emotion replaced validity.

  • Good article.

    I do believe it is okay for US to know the political leanings of our journalists. But, I still expect our Liberal reporters to be un-biased in their reporting.

    That is not happening.

    Wayne

  • SonofLiberty7

    And yet you consider him important enough to you to include Him in your name.
    Indifferent you are not.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    Already answered that, chuckles. You know who else didn’t really exist? The Three Stooges. Fictional characters. Ask one of your brighter pals to explain this to you.

  • SonofLiberty7

    Nice angle on that. They were still awesomely funny. I still have a few old VHS tapes of their work. Truly classic stuff.

  • Bluetick

    I am a simple man but I have learned to spot a paid troll. Who are ever present these days to help the liar in chief and his consorts to dodge some of the fire that come raining down on them for the endless strings of lies they vomit from their mouths. Truth and honor seem to be totally lost on the main stream media and the Democratic party. I see a endless stream of Democrats being charged with multiple felonies since Obama took office he has shown no respect for the law
    since he has been in office and he has protected the ones under him and encouraged them to do the same. A republican would have been impeached long ago with one tenth the offenses of the criminal Obama. There is NO way to protect a liar when they have proven to be a liar. Even with a media who tries to cover or gloss over the facts they still exist. All the talk in the world does not make a lie true. All the lies the media tells trying to cover over the many criminal acts the president is guilty of does not make them true. Just as your defense of him does not change the facts.

  • Steven Barrett

    It’s okay for conservatives to dish out some of the most hateful nonsense to people who disagree with them and label them as trolls . . . as if their ideological tribe alone should have any say and they can’t be bothered to read what others have to say even in the politest ways, too. Just don’t bother us you say. Sorry Mr. Bluetick if another person’s differing opinion turns you inside out. LOL, go read the lead article in last week’s Time Magazine about the effects of trolls in the cybersphere’s blogs n’ forums. Guess who’s doing most of the trolling and trash talking? It’s not the liberals or moderates or terribly and justifiably embarrassed conservatives who remember what it was like to have a pleasant exchange of opinions w/o fear of receiving ridicule and cheap shots delivered by the kinds of folks who never lost their love affair with their “cap lock” keys..

  • Steven Barrett

    It’s okay for conservatives to dish out some of the most hateful nonsense to people who disagree with them and label them as trolls . . . as if their ideological tribe alone should have any say and they can’t be bothered to read what others have to say even in the politest ways, too. Just don’t bother us you say. Sorry Mr. Bluetick if another person’s differing opinion turns you inside out. LOL, go read the lead article in last week’s Time Magazine about the effects of trolls in the cybersphere’s blogs n’ forums. Guess who’s doing most of the trolling and trash talking? It’s not the liberals or moderates or terribly and justifiably embarrassed conservatives who remember what it was like to have a pleasant exchange of opinions w/o fear of receiving ridicule and cheap shots delivered by the kinds of folks who never lost their love affair with their “cap lock” keys..
    And by the way, do you have a hard time settling for the idea that disagreements with somebody else’s opinions doesn’t entitle you to call the person you’re in disagreement with a “liar”? See what things are coming to and going beyond if we don’t step back a bit? Thinking that a person’s opinion is wrong because you can’t see the same thing in the same way doesn’t necessarily make you or I “liars.” We just agree to disagree. Isn’t that enough?

  • Steven Barrett

    LOL, I’m woefully bummed that you guys didn’t leave room for Groucho. His lines from Duck Soup should put a civilized end to all political “discussions” lest the discussers, if you’ll pardon the pun, all want to duck that damn huge shell or cannon ball they used.

  • SonofLiberty7

    Now you’ve piqued my interest. I love Groucho Marx, but I don’t think I saw Duck Soup. Can you throw me a key word, and I’ll look it up. With any luck, I’ll find a clip of it on youtube.
    (For a long time, I used his radio bit of “More Bad News!” as my .wav file for new email.) He was awesome.

  • Steven Barrett

    Psssst, I got this from Wiki, no, not Julian on the lam Assange, but wiki quotes on Duck Soup. Seems they had to file a special form to get all the goods on Pres. Firefly. But here’s the URL. Better move fast before Putin’s guys with umbrellas and wearing long dark raincoats n’ fedoras snatch, er hack it first. https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Duck_Soup

  • Oldchopper

    On the mark!

  • Bob

    I lost faith in institutions in 1974 with Watergate … And confirmed every year since!

  • Linda Park

    Tucker Carlson is one of a very few honest media members.

  • Bill Emerson

    His is by no means a journalist, just another pundit.

  • PeterGay

    Tucker Carlson, he is so handsome.

  • Karen Catalan

    How old are you…two? Wow..still with the name calling. You’re pathetic. You might as well be living amongst the Branch Davidians, you’re so brain-washed….Just reading your bullshit rhetoric proves the point that you are hopeless, close-minded and have an incapacity to think for yourself. You sound like every other sick cult follower during the most divisive campaign in American history.

    You are depressing me.

  • sox83cubs84

    Good! Making liberal heads explode is a lot of fun for me, and given your ample name calling and lack of facts to present, exploding yours was child’s play. It’s gonna be a LONG 8 years for you libtards, KC…quit your snowflake whining and get used to it!