As news of Tucker Carlson’s departure from Fox News Channel swept news and social media some frenzied conservatives decried the sky was falling and that FNC was going Bolshie.
Oh please. Look at their online coverage. Look at the composition of their punditry lineup. It skews conservative big time and that hasn’t changed with Carlson jumping ship.
In fact it’s ironic that many of the people screaming loudest about Fox’s supposed shift away from conservatism are Trump fans. Why ironic? Because their loud indignation is based on sympathy for a guy, Carlson, who says privately he “passionately” loathes Trump and who calls Trump election conspiracy charges “insane.”
But the deeper question is, do we conservatives want our own lapdog press? Do we want objective truth or our own Ministry of Truth? We know that Dems see the press as their personal propaganda machine. Do we want to follow that lead? A case in point was Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Fox, “Reporters cheered after President Joe Biden acknowledged his re-election announcement during his remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday. ‘Yeah, I know, I just announced my re-election campaign,” Biden said as the audience loudly cheered.'” Postwar press liberals like Ed Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and John Chancellor would be appalled at this blatant show of press partisanship. Doesn’t the right deserve better than this from Fox or anybody else?
Actually, conservatives were not amused at this display of bias. “Bias? A non-adversarial relationship, not what you would hope in objective coverage?” said pundit Will Cain.
“This is one of those moments where you just play the what-if-Donald-Trump game and the room would be silent or full of boos,” said conservative media personality Pete Hegseth about the lovefest.
Even CNN commentator Scott Jennings commented that Biden was “mocking” the press by joking about not taking their questions. “He’s not laughing with you, he’s laughing at you,” Jennings said of the liberal media.
We’ve come to the point in this nation that no media outlet, possibly with the exception of the WSJ, can be trusted. We don’t mean journals of opinion like this publication. We are by definition biased towards a certain parameter of viewpoints We mean those biased news outlets masquerading as objective.
As a party who lives in delusion, the Dems need a rubber stamp press to enable the fever swamp they call an ideology. Conservatives are supposed to be different. We’re supposed to be the adults in the room.
So stop whining that FNC is turning redder than Pol Pot. It’s not. Compared to the leftist competition like MSNBC it at least makes the occasional nod towards objectivity. But like it or not, Carlson or not, it remains solidly conservative.