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Is Tucker Carlson OK?

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | August 31, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | August 31, 2023 |


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A decade ago, there was a period of several weeks (or maybe months) where Miley Cyrus dominated celebrity news headlines by engaging in one provocative or shocking act after another, culminating in a raunchy performance of “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMAs. After that, Cyrus ran out of runway in the provocative acts department and we grew numb to her antics. She’d been shocking for so long that we lost interest.

Cyrus was 20 at the time and thankfully has matured into a kick-ass 30-year-old instead of going the Lindsay Lohan route (although even Lohan seems to have pulled it together). The same thing has happened to numerous celebrities before and since—Justin Bieber (remember when he peed in a janitor’s bucket?), Britney Spears, etc., but I still think of it in my mind as the Miley Cyrus effect.

This applies to politicians too, of course, most notably Donald Trump himself, who basically normalized insanity in the White House for four years. It blows my mind when an outlet like Fox News criticizes Joe Biden for going on vacation during, say, an extreme weather event brought on by climate change, as though they have completely forgotten that Trump visited golf courses 298 times during his Presidency, didn’t start work until noon, and spent most of the day watching cable news. I thought that after four years with Trump, it’d be impossible to criticize his successor because Trump had broken every norm in the book. Turns out, the norms only don’t apply to Trump.

The point is: I feel like Tucker Carlson has long since gone through his Miley Cyrus phase, and he’s gotten so extreme that no one bats an eye when, say, he casually suggests that President Obama smokes crack and sleeps with men, which is exactly what he does in an interview on Adam Carolla’s YouTube show this week. The headline getting most of the attention from that interview is his warning that Donald Trump is “obviously” going to be assassinated, but why is anyone taking that warning seriously from the guy who is taking the word of Larry Sinclair, a man so deranged that Twitter immediately discredited him.

In the clip, Tucker acknowledges that Larry Sinclair—a man with decades of criminal convictions involving lying and deceit—is not a reliable person, but also, that he’s spoken to Sinclair and “obviously” his claims about having sex with Obama and smoking crack with him are real. Carlson also does that thing he so often does, which is couch an insane opinion within a reasonable one in order to lend it credibility, as in: “Of course, he has sex with men, but there is nothing wrong with that and it’s none of my business.” Carlson also adds, “Sinclair was asked to take a polygraph test, and he did!” but Carlson does not mention that he failed that polygraph test.

The point is: Nobody is listening to Carlson anymore, notwithstanding (false) claims that his interview with Trump was “the most watched in the history of the world.” In order to get people’s attention, he has to say increasingly outlandish things — like the fact that President Obama “obviously” smokes crack and sleeps with men — which is a slippery slope to irrelevance.

If you need any further evidence that Carlson has slipped into a full-on Unabomber conspiracy theorist, watch 10 seconds of that video above, even with the sound off. What is that angle? Why is he sweating? He lives in Maine. It hasn’t been above 80 degrees in weeks. Why does he look like a damp mess filming this interview from the toilet of his old-timey bathroom?