Tucker Carlson devoted 15 minutes of his show earlier in the week to a monologue inspired by Mitt Romney’s anti-Trump op-ed that in turn inspired David French to publish a response in National Review Friday.

There’s also a full transcript at Fox News’ website, but here’s a taste:

… In countries around the world — France, Brazil, Sweden, the Philippines, Germany, and many others — voters are suddenly backing candidates and ideas that would have been unimaginable just a decade ago. These are not isolated events. What you’re watching is entire populations revolting against leaders who refuse to improve their lives.

Something like this has been in happening in our country for three years. Donald Trump rode a surge of popular discontent all the way to the White House. Does he understand the political revolution that he harnessed? Can he reverse the economic and cultural trends that are destroying America? Those are open questions.

That monologue inspired French to compose what CNN’s media guy Brian Stelter referred to as a “fact-check.”

French writes:

American public policies are flawed, yes. The American people are imperfect, yes. But any argument that American elites (a group that includes, by the way, enormous numbers of first-generation college grads and people who worked brutal hours to achieve economic success) represent an uncaring, indifferent, exploitive mass is fundamentally wrong. In fact, the better argument is that well-meaning Americans have spent their money poorly (on ineffective charitable programs and destructive welfare policies), not that they don’t care.

Carlson is advancing a form of victim-politics populism that takes a series of tectonic cultural changes — civil rights, women’s rights, a technological revolution as significant as the industrial revolution, the mass-scale loss of religious faith, the sexual revolution, etc. — and turns the negative or challenging aspects of those changes into an angry tale of what they are doing to you.

Sorry; that’s a lot of text to get through, but what’s most interesting (scratch that; most predictable) is that Stelter was fully on board with French, once positioned by Bill Kristol to be the “true” conservative to run against Donald Trump. (Instead the conservative voter’s option turned out to be Evan McMullin … sigh.)

Of course Stelter would applaud anyone who “fact-checked” Carlson, who routinely grinds CNN’s ratings into dust.

Yeah, because CNN’s nightly panels are all about making the American public feel empowered.

Fact-check: True.

Minutes until French is hired on by CNN as a commentator?


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