Sunday, September 14, 2003


Look, I don't like Tucker Carlson's politics any better than the next lefty, but if you can read his interview with Salon and not think that he'd be a pretty good guy to go have a beer with, then I just don't think there's any hope for you.

My favorite bit is when Carlson talks about the fallout of the Franken/O'Reilly spat:

We learned that Bill O'Reilly is a thin-skinned blowhard? Well, I think we knew that. The potentially damaging charge -- that he's a liar -- now that is a big deal.

But no, I have a lot of respect for Bill O'Reilly's talents. TV is a very democratic medium, and people succeed for a reason, and almost always that reason is that they're talented. And he is much more talented than I am. However, I don't know who would want to watch that shit. Do you?

Belly up to the bar, bowtie boy. I'm buyin.

Update: BusyBusyBusy sets me straight, by pointing out that Carlson isn't above editing quotes to slander those who hold differing opinions.

CARLSON: ...In an interview with Wolf Blitzer Dean said - and we are not making this up - "members of Hamas are soldiers" in the war in the Middle East. So, members of Hamas are soldiers. That's the headline. This was news to the State Department, which classified members of Hamas as terrorists.

What Dean actually said was:

(T)here is a war going on in the Middle East, and members of Hamas are soldiers in that war, and, therefore, it seems to me that they are going to be casualties if they are going to make war.

Which doesn't seem to alleviate any responsibility from Hamas, but is actually a way of saying that, if they're going to make war, they shouldn't whine when their leaders are killed.

Tucker, the beer's off.

Update: National Review's peeps call Hamas terrorists soldiers!

Like the soldiers of the Third Reich, the Hamas soldiers worked for a terrorist fascist leadership which hoped to exterminate the Jews.

Or, some of them are terrorists and some of them are soldiers:

But so far there has been only one definite bright spot in the Middle East over the last few weeks: the resounding victory that the Israeli Defense Force has won over the soldiers and terrorists of Fatah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad.


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