The great Media Matters vs Tucker Carlson war rages on. Okay, so maybe “war” is the wrong word. Media Matters dug up comments Carlson made on a shock jock’s nationally syndicated radio show over ten years ago. We’ve also learned that Media Matters president is guilty of terrible past comments. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes had the opportunity to challenge the Media Matters president about his past comments. Which he, of course, didn’t. Because Hayes is employed by MSNBC. Tucker was, of course, not amused.
If a guy with a history of ranting about “Jewish gold” came on your show, would you ask him about it, would you challenge him on it? How could you not? You’d feel morally obligated. But Chris Hayes didn’t. That tells you a lot. Now to be clear, we’re not calling for either of these people to be imprisoned or executed, or even fired from their high-paying jobs. We’re not planning to organize an advertiser boycott against them. We won’t picket their offices with bullhorns. We won’t attack their children. But we do think you should know what they’re really like. And in Chris Hayes’s case it’s kind of depressing to find out – turns out you never really know who people are.
I’d also throw in that anyone who mentions this on MSNBC – without mentioning that Tucker was EMPLOYED AND HAD A SHOW ON MSNBC AT THE TIME – is like a 11th level hack. But of course, it’s cable news. So please raise your hands if you’re surprised.
Retroactive outrage is already a stupid idea. But if people are going to engage in retroactive outrage, they have to engage fairly. If Tucker Carlson is to be destroyed because of past comments, then so should we all. Including Media Matters el presidente who’s a transphobic racist. If Media Matters president isn’t held to the same rules of retroactive outrage, then neither should Tucker Carlson. Remember, the left is always going on and on about “fairness.” So let’s apply a little of it.