Fox News host Tucker Carlson said on his show Tuesday night that The Washington Post has been reaching out to his “old college classmates” trying to dig up dirt for a potential story.
Mr. Carlson slammed Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos and the paper’s media critic, Erik Wemple, after he said the paper had been reaching out to people he hadn’t spoken to in decades.
“We spent today hearing from quite a few old college classmates, in some cases people we have been out of touch with for 30 years,” the prime-time host told viewers. “It was nice, but here was the occasion for it. Jeff Bezos had one of his minions, a mentally unbalanced middle-aged man called Erik Wemple, pull our dusty college yearbook and call around and see if we’d done anything naughty at the age of 19.
RULE # 1: Because journalists are required to be open-minded, exercise independence of spirit, and display a healthy amount of skepticism, the words and deeds of politicians, leaders, and the powerful — as well as those of regular citizens being interviewed — must constantly be questioned, second-guessed, doubted, fact-checked, challenged, and, more often than not, interrupted (more or less politely).
RULE # 2: Rule # 1 only applies to Republicans.
(And to anybody leaning conservative.)
Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.
BECAUSE CITIES BURNING SURE ARE GOOD FOR TV RATINGS: Some media outlets — and senators — sure were eager to make the Ma’Khia Bryant shooting a story about race.
h/t Glenn Reynolds