Tucker Carlson defends his viewers' right to hate speech

Tucker-Carlson was the matter numerous cable news segments after a murder hate crime shooting in Buffalo that left 10 dead. Turns out...


Tucker-Carlson was the matter numerous cable news segments after a murder hate crime shooting in Buffalo that left 10 dead. Turns out the shooter left a document that married the Great Replacement conspiracy theorysomething Carlson has repeatedly argued on his show, which happens to be the highest-rated program in all of cable news.

Therefore, Carlson’s first segment after the tragedy was the very definition of newsworthy. It’s telling that Carlson decided the best use of all that extra attention was to defend his right to vomit — and his viewers’ right to hear — hate speech. Not really. That’s exactly what he did. Plus, what did he learn from this horrific racially motivated hate crime? His audience is the real victim.

Let me say here that I don’t believe Tucker Carlson is to blame for this horrific tragedy. The blame rests solely with the unhinged individual who pulled the trigger while streaming the horrors on Twitch.

That said, Carlson’s “replacement theory” conspiracy theories, and the existential threat he claims they pose to “American legal people”? It is deeply irresponsible rhetoric that is entirely on point. Not necessarily causal, but a corollary influence.

Carlson opened his show by noting the weekend of violence, then ultimately pivoted to the Buffalo tragedy and made clear how he was allegedly opposed to racism and identity politics in general.

But because his best defense is a good offense, Carlson pivoted to make the story less about the conspiracy theories he and his viewers share with the gunmen, and instead set up “professional democrats” who, according to him, politicized the moment.

“Within minutes of Saturday’s shooting — even before all of the bodies of these 10 murdered Americans had been identified by their loved ones — professional Democrats had launched a coordinated campaign to blame the killings on their political opponent,” noted Carlson. “‘They did it!’ they said immediately.’Peyton Gendron was the heir of donald trump!’ they told us. “Trumpism has committed mass murder in Buffalo!”

It’s one of those strange episodes where an expert criticizes the politicization of a tragedy by politicizing the same event. Do as I say, not as I do?

Carlson then framed racially motivated hate crime as a threat to free speech.

“And for that reason, it logically follows, we have to suspend the First Amendment,” Carlson warned.

Is it good? Is there any reasonable person who says we need to suspend the First Amendment? No not at all. But it’s the kind of straw-man error that has become the hallmark of Carlson’s fallacy. He further defended this claim noting that it was “not an exaggeration of what they say”.

He then aired clips from Sunday’s shows, featuring the president of the National Urban League Marc Morial saying “Hate speech is not free speech.” Letitia James has been shown saying the First Amendment does not protect hate speech,” and the Governor of New York Kathy Hochul added “I will protect the First Amendment any day of the week, but you do not protect hate speech. You do not protect inflammatory speech. You are not allowed to shout fire in a crowded theater. There are limits to speech and in this moment we have seen that spread.

Hochul is grossly wrong here. There is nothing in the First Amendment about hate speech, primarily due to the changing nature of the definition of what “hate speech” is. This led Tucker to ask “What is hate speech?”

Carlson knows the answer to that question, at least in a historical sense, but he plays dumb to make a larger point. Cambridge Dictionary Definition bed: “public speech that expresses hatred or promotes violence towards a person or group on the basis of something like race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.”

But Carlson went on to define hate speech in his terms as “speech our leaders hate”, which is downright absurd. Surely he knows it. However, he doesn’t let viewers sit with the absurd claim for long, quickly increasing the irresponsible rhetoric.

Then comes the money shot, the last pivot which makes it clear that the real victims of Saturday’s shooting are not the ten dead citizens, but the viewers of Tucker Carlson tonight.

“Because a mentally ill teenager murdered strangers, you cannot be allowed to voice your political views out loud,” Carlson said.

That’s right, Tucker has drawn a syllogistic link between “hate speech” and his viewer’s “political views.” Some viewers may very well take this as a clear signal that it’s okay to indulge in any sort of hateful rhetoric, if only as a way to protect one’s rights which they now speciously believe are under attack.

“That’s what they tell you, that’s what they wanted to tell you for a long time,” he continued. “But the massacre on Saturday provides the pretext and the justification.”

To put as fine a point as possible on this subject, Tucker Carlson used the murderous and racist massacre of ten Americans to make the political case that his viewers were soon to be victimized by the end of the First Amendment. What did he say about it being rude to exploit a tragedy again for political gain?

Carlson is shameless, literally. He is shameless, insensitive to this. This is a character trait essential to demagoguery. But we knew it. The question is whether anyone benefiting from the revenue generated by his pernicious show has any.

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This is an opinion piece. The opinions expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author.



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