It’s a well known tenet of Trumpism that you merely accuse the other side of what you yourself are doing, along with plenty of righteous indignation, plus a touch of religious sanctimony. Show them that you are shocked, simply shocked. Nobody knows this better than the folks at Fox News.
Fox News is running lower in the ratings these days than it has in twenty years, so naturally show content is being scrutinized. Tucker Carlson has apparently decided that it’s in his best interest to not feed into conspiracy theories, but to tell the audience that the conspiracy theories of the day don’t in fact exist — that they are disinformation and falsehood promulgated by left-wing media. That’s an interesting stance to take. Let’s see how well he does with it.
Tucker Carlson says he couldn't find any evidence that the Qanon conspiracy theory even exists, like theres nothing out there proving that it's a thing pic.twitter.com/tqeYm73pAb
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) February 24, 2021
That was just the warm up act. There’s more.
The facts don't lie, Fox News does. pic.twitter.com/XryX0HEpsi
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) February 25, 2021
To deny that there was racism involved in the Capitol riots is a stretch, but to deny that the participants were armed? Seriously? But Carlson knows no shame. So that’s his stance.
It will be fascinating to see how long this narrative holds up and how well it does. I know you’re dismayed that George Orwell wasn’t writing dystopian fiction, but rather a how-to manual for the Republican party. You may recall that a large part of “1984” was about erasing the past and substituting a different version of the facts, which was favorable to the party and it’s objectives. And lo, we have seen it come to pass in our lifetimes.
George Orwell’s book 1984 (Part 2, Section 5):
Do you realize that the past, starting from yesterday, has been actually abolished? ….. Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.
That’s the process you’re seeing before your very eyes, folks. Just turn on Fox News and watch it. Tucker Carlson is a gimcrack dime store, knock off version of Big Brother.