Maybe it’s just us, but it certainly seems as though Tucker Carlson’s comments on a radio show between 2006 and 2011 are getting a lot more media attention than those homophobic posts planted in Joy Reid’s old blog by time-traveling hackers — or for that matter, all of the offensive and racist posts on the old blog of Media Matters president Angelo Carusone, who’s clutching his pearls at Carlson’s banter with a shock-jock radio host.
And speaking of Media Matters and Carusone, the press certainly seems to be taking him at his word on a lot of things. He says he doesn’t want to “eradicate” Fox News, but if that’s true, he really ought to have a word with the protesters he sent to Fox News headquarters today because they really seem to want Fox News off the air, and hope to accomplish that by scaring away advertisers.
No, Carusone doesn’t want Fox News gone — he doesn’t even mind “a network with opposing political views” — he just wants the network to change its behavior. It’s entirely benevolent, you see.
The Associated Press talked with Carusone (but not Carlson) and allowed him to fact-check Carlson:
Tucker Carlson says @MMFA "would like Fox News shut down tomorrow." The group's president @GoAngelo says that's not true. "My intention ultimately is to enforce a change of behavior, not to eradicate Fox," he told @dbauder https://t.co/AEgSyktj0q
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 13, 2019
"We don't want to shut them down. We want to force them — with the help of CNN and other activists — to sound like our ideological allies at all the other media outlets."
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 13, 2019
"They will be made to care."
— RICO aka Dem (@NikitasDad) March 13, 2019
I didn't want to burn my neighbor's house down. I just wanted to change the scenery.
— Assault Clip (@assaultclip) March 13, 2019
No serious person believes that.
— Soapbox Pundit (@Soapbox_Pundit) March 13, 2019
Yea, let’s go with that…smh.
— William Small (@BillyBassic) March 13, 2019
— V (@esslinger62) March 13, 2019
And you bought the line of a Media Matters hack hook, line, and sinker, didn't you?
— Rusty Weiss 🤔🇺🇸 (@rustyweiss74) March 13, 2019
So either they submit to leftist demands or go out of business. What's the difference?
— Cheryl B (@Cheryl707) March 13, 2019
That’s interesting considering their entire existence is because of Fox News.
— Daddio (@Slo_D) March 13, 2019
Enforce a change of behavior? Yeah that’s not creepy at all.
— Vernon O’Valeran ❌ (@Vartox75) March 13, 2019
and who the hell is he to enforce a change of behavior of others?
— Hiraghm (@Hiraghm) March 13, 2019
“Enforce a change in behavior” = punish wrongthink
— LSUGUY (@LSUGUY_TX) March 13, 2019
That’s even worse than wanting to shut down Fox. They are essentially saying either you act and think like us or we will harass you.
— The Right Sided One (@TheRightSided1) March 13, 2019
So re-education camps it is from the socialists
— call_me_bwana (@call_me_bwana) March 13, 2019
Keep defending the indefensible.
— BillHobson (@BillHobson1) March 13, 2019
Sounds pretty fascist!
— The Lone Cypress (@nixpix101) March 13, 2019
Brian are you guys covering this? https://t.co/FckCobIECK
— (((Charlie Martin))) (@chasrmartin) March 13, 2019
Comments on Angelo’s old blog or nah?
— Kaitlin with the Good Hair (@thefactualprep) March 13, 2019
But not one tweet from Brian about the horrible comments from the ruler of Media Matters. Not one
— Gregg (@ECTSpoiler41) March 13, 2019
The thought police, everyone should be programmed to think and thus vote like we do. #mediamattersgoals
— Ellen Benton (@tjgr87) March 13, 2019
You should do more research into MM.
— Dan Nelson (@IlliniDan2) March 13, 2019
Change its behavior as in become liberal like CNN? Diversity liberal style.
— Daniel (@Orlandodanny) March 13, 2019
Funny how CNN’s Brian Stelter covers Media Matters as if he knows somehow that the “liberal advocacy group” will never target someone from his network or MSNBC. We thought this was, like, the year of the journalist and reporters were supposed to stick together to defend free speech.
Media Matters hates free speech.
— Robert Sacamano (@ScarletKnight89) March 13, 2019
Is hard to tell the difference between CNN and Media Matters these days…its like its the same organization.
— CMartin (@igotthebestmojo) March 13, 2019
Media matters is a left wing hate group.
— DBZDoll👌🏼🇺🇸👠 (@DBZDoll) March 13, 2019
Tell me Stelter, did MMFA go after Joy Reid?
— Glenn Amurgis (@gamurgis) March 13, 2019
Advertisers and MSM using double standards and strong arm tactics to achieve a unified ideology will never work and will eventually back fire on them.
We are a free country and intend on staying that way..with or without the leftists.
— Tari (@Tarpie55) March 13, 2019
Media Matters does not want to shut Fox News. It only wants to make it CNN 2.0. No conservative voices allowed in prime time.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) March 13, 2019
Man, the Associated Press really ate this up: “Carusone said he was encouraged last fall when Fox cut back on airing President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies in their entirety. But he also said he’s concerned that progress can’t be made if Fox and its supporters feel backed into a corner.”
Joy Reid 2.0? MMFA goon who led charge against Tucker Carlson has a HIGHLY problematic history https://t.co/vUdLiaR7el
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 13, 2019