A couple of weeks before the mass shooting in Buffalo by a self-proclaimed white supremacist, the New York Times had already run its multi-part hit job on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, accusing him of racism. Then the shooting happened, and everyone pointed their fingers at Carlson — but not before people had grabbed a copy of the shooter’s manifesto before Google Docs took it offline. The shooter never mentioned Carlson and thought Fox News was overrun by Jews; he said he’d been radicalized on the internet.
Still, people like Sen. Chuck Schumer called him out for inspiring the shooter with talk of “replacement theory.” Schumer turned down an invitation to appear on Carlson’s show, though.
Politico wonders why President Joe Biden isn’t calling out Carlson specifically. According to a senior aide, the White House didn’t want to give Carlson a clip of Biden criticizing him that he could use on-air every night.
Why isn’t Biden and co. calling out Tucker Carlson specifically?
“As one senior aide put it, there was no desire to give Carlson a clip of a presidential attack that the host could “use in his A-block every night.””https://t.co/wcKQo7axdL
— Sam Stein (@samstein) May 18, 2022
“[We] totally understand the desire to call people out who have been pushing this disgusting rhetoric, but I also think it’s worth remembering that many of these demagogues would love nothing more than the oxygen and attention that comes from the president blasting them,” a person familiar with the White House’s thinking said. “And in turn, that attention and notoriety may help them further spread these lies.”
“Doesn’t mean you never call them out, but I think it means you need to be very judicious about doing so and cognizant that it may have unintended consequences,” the person added.
Someone should have told Schumer before he opened his mouth.
I thought a president attacking media was bad? Or so you guys claimed for four years under TFG.
— BillHobson (@BillHobson1) May 18, 2022
So now journalists would like the administration to attack journalists? You have absolutely no principles at all.
— Green Eyed Lady 🐾🏖👙 (@Doe326) May 18, 2022
How come the part of the manifesto that names Tucker hasn’t been published? It is in there, correct?
— judy (@judy060709) May 18, 2022
maybe because the killer never once mentioned Tucker in any of his writings? but that’s just my non-hack opinion
— TaDDow (@taddow77) May 18, 2022
What the hell does Tucker Carlson have to do with it? There’s no evidence that the shooter even knew Tucker was alive.
— Corn Pop’s Gun Moll (@jeannebodine) May 18, 2022
Probably because neither Biden nor any of you hacks in the legacy media has any evidence linking Gendron to Carlson. No one can even prove he ever once watched his show much less took any sort of inspiration from it.
— AdamInHTownTX (Not a Biologist) (@AdamInHTownTX) May 18, 2022
Call him out for what exactly?
— missing that magnificent maniac (@RShmoover) May 18, 2022
Because @TuckerCarlson isn’t a white nationalist. Same reason you were too cowardly to tag him in this tweet, ya hack.
— 🇺🇸𝙹𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚎 𝚂𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚢🇺🇸 (@JesseASweeney) May 18, 2022
Was Biden at the Waukesha slaughter during the holidays last year? Why not?
— they are finished (@MADSENSORY) May 18, 2022
Politico notes that Biden’s plan to travel to Buffalo “came within hours of the reports of the mass shooting there,” yet it took them six weeks to send Jill Biden and Kamala Harris’ husband to Waukesha, and even then the first lady just talked about the COVID vaccine.
Tough-guy Chuck Schumer bravely declines Tucker Carlson’s invitation to debate Schumer’s whiny letter to Fox News https://t.co/viZECzbXs4
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 17, 2022