“One of the only places left in the United States where independent thoughts are allowed is right here, the opinion hours on this network”
Media Matters has a mission. It exists for the purpose of removing conservative voices from the airwaves.
They’re the same people who targeted Rush Limbaugh in 2012, and have been targeting Fox News for over a decade, as Professor Jacobson wrote in 2011, Media Matters Plans “Guerrilla Warfare and Sabotage” on Fox News And Conservative Websites.
This weekend, they launched a new campaign against Tucker Carlson who offered a strong response on Monday night.
Media Matters released a segment of audio from an appearance Tucker made on the “Bubba the Love Sponge” radio show in 2009. In the first part, he plays devil’s advocate in a discussion about the arrest of Warren Jeffs. Media Matters is clearly trying to imply that Carlson supports the sexual exploitation of children, which is absurd.
In the next clip, Tucker plays along with the hosts as they riff and joke at the expense of feminists and the implication is that Tucker is a misogynist. You can listen to the whole thing below:
— Media Matters (@mmfa) March 10, 2019
These audio clips didn’t just fall out of the sky. The people at Media Matters went looking for them. They sat and combed through hours of audio looking for something to use to target Tucker and his Fox News show. And they have promised more clips to come.
Tucker tweeted this in response on Sunday night:
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 11, 2019
Tucker addressed the issue on his show on Monday night. Josh Feldman of Mediaite has details:
Tucker Carlson Blasts Liberal ‘Mob’ After Comments Unearthed: ‘They’ve Been Working Hard to Kill This Show’
Tonight he opened his show by railing against the liberal “mob,” telling his audience it’s pointless to explain how “words were spoken in jest” or taken out of context because “you are a sinner begging the forgiveness of Twitter.”
Without directly talking about those comments of his, Carlson ripped the “press release written by Democratic party operatives” and basically said he doesn’t want to play their game:
“One of the only places left in the United States where independent thoughts are allowed is right here, the opinion hours on this network, just a few hours in a sea of television programming. It’s not much, relatively speaking. For the left, it’s unacceptable. They demand total conformity. Since the day we went on the air, they’ve been working hard to kill this show.”
He concluded by saying Fox News is fully behind him and his show, and that “we’ve always apologized when we’re wrong and will continue to do that…but we will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”
Watch the clip below:
.@TuckerCarlson : “Why are the people who considered Bill Clinton a hero lecturing me about sexism? How can the party that demands racial quotas denounce other people as racists. After a while you begin to think that maybe their criticisms aren’t sincere.” pic.twitter.com/mJVL4YzmvO
— Stephanie Hamill (@STEPHMHAMILL) March 12, 2019
Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire has written an excellent piece which explains the truth about Media Matters:
Media Matters Makes America A Worse Place, One Bad Faith Hit At A Time
This weekend, Media Matters released a compendium of old Tucker Carlson quotes from the period 2006 to 2011 – a period during which Carlson routinely called into the shock-jock show Bubba The Love Sponge. Carlson, among other things, called Martha Stewart’s daughter a “c***,” joked about fourteen-year-old girls sexually experimenting, and defended rape facilitator Warren Jeffs. It’s not good material. It also appeared on a show called Bubba The Love Sponge. A decade ago.
This was, from the first, an obvious political hit. Media Matters, contrary to media descriptions, isn’t a “media watchdog organization.” It is a political smear factory designed to perform precisely that function against anyone to the right of Hillary Clinton. The organization was founded by professional smear artist David Brock, in conjunction with the Center for American Progress, an organization itself founded by John Podesta, the Clinton White House Chief of Staff.
Hillary Clinton herself advised Brock on the creation of the organization. Mega-donor Leftist George Soros has poured money into the organization, announcing in 2010, “Media Matters is one of the few groups that attempts to hold Fox News accountable for the false and misleading information they so often broadcast. I am supporting Media Matters in an effort to more widely publicize the challenge Fox News poses to civil and informed discourse in our democracy.” Media Matters had regular strategy calls with the Obama White House.
This has been going on for years. The left doesn’t think Fox News should be allowed to exist. They have the rest of the media, Hollywood and academia but it’s still not enough.
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