Perigo's Perspective on the Refreshing Bravery of Tucker Carlson – 4 May 2023

Last week I said I'd have more to say this week about the abrupt firing of Tucker Carlson from Fox News. I thought we'd know more by now about the reason for it.

Actually, we're none the wiser about what specifically triggered the termination, but what Tucker subsequently said on Twitter reminded us that we had to know it was going to happen well before it did.

Here's what he said:

One of the first things you realize when you step outside the noise for a few days is how many genuinely nice people there are in this country. Kind and decent people, people who really care about what’s true. And a bunch of hilarious people also, a lot of those. It’s got to be the majority of the population, even now, so that’s heartening.

This is what we have to count on now, there and here. We saw thousands of genuinely nice, kind, decent and hilarious people protesting against medical fascism in the grounds of Parliament last year. Quite different from the indecent and unhilarious entities inside Parliament who wouldn't come out to debate, but rather tried to drown, deafen and jail the protesters. We have to hope that the decent so outnumber the indecent that we can contrive to banish every last one of these unhilarious items from the building and our lives.

Tucker went on:

The other thing you notice when you take a little time off is how unbelievably stupid most of the debates you see on television are. They’re completely irrelevant. They mean nothing. In five years, we won’t even remember that we had them. Trust me, as someone who’s participated. 

And yet at the same time, and this is the amazing thing, the undeniably big topics, the ones that will define our future, get virtually no discussion at all: war, civil liberties, emerging science, demographic change, corporate power, natural resources. When was the last time you heard a legitimate debate about any of those issues? 

It’s been a long time. Debates like that are not permitted in American media. Both political parties and their donors have reached consensus on what benefits them, and they actively collude to shut down any conversation about it. 

Suddenly, the United States looks very much like a one-party state. That’s a depressing realization, but it’s not permanent. Our current orthodoxies won’t last. They’re brain-dead. [Ahahahahaha! Where have I heard that before?!] 

Nobody actually believes them. Hardly anyone’s life is improved by them. This moment is too inherently ridiculous to continue, and so it won’t. The people in charge know this, that’s why they’re hysterical and aggressive. They’re afraid. They’ve given up persuasion. They’re resorting to force.

Tucker was tackling the taboo subjects, saying the words one is not allowed to say. Here in my own words is a random sample:

*Reality is what it is. We can ascertain it. To deny either is catastrophic.

*Facts trump feelings, snowflakes notwithstanding.

*The Bidens are a crime family, in thrall to the Chinese Communist Party, selling America out by the day. They were doing it when he was Vice-Pesident and are doing it still.

*The FBI suppressed the Hunter Biden laptop and is still doing so.

*The Wuhan virus came from the lab. The so-called vaccines were neither safe nor effective. Mandating them was evil and illegal. Masks were rubbish.

*The DOJ has removed the blindfold from Lady Justice. January 6 was nothing like an insurrection, but they're still rounding people up for it while dropping charges against real criminals en masse. They'd already ignored the lootings, burnings and killings by Only Black Lives Matter and PROFA during the “summer of love.”

*Zelensky is a crook and a tyrant who is taking us for a ride.

*There is no climate emergency, just more pretexts for lockdowns and tyranny.

*Occasional Cortex is a moron.

*The Green New Deal's purpose is to make everyone except the Globalists poor, cold and hungry.

*Woke-Fascists are programming AI bots to be Woke-Fascists.

*Eliminating the Southern border and allowing millions of invaders to go anywhere they like (except Martha's Vineyard) spells the end of America as a constitutional republic.

*There aren't 57 genders; there are two.

*Lia Thomas is not a woman.

*America's military has gone Woke. Mark Milley is a milksop.

And much much more. Haven't we known forever that one is simply not allowed to say such things? The miracle is that Tucker was able to say them for so long!

Tucker concluded:

But it won’t work. When honest people say what’s true, calmly and without embarrassment, they become powerful. 

At the same time, the liars who’ve been trying to silence them shrink and they become weaker. That’s the iron law of the universe. True things prevail. 

Where can you still find Americans saying true things? There aren’t many places left, but there are some, and that’s enough. As long as you can hear the words, there is hope. See you soon.

Now, I don't know what he's cooking up when he says “see you soon.” Trump's running mate would be good. But he's right that as long as you can hear the words there is hope.

We're in the same boat, in New Zealand. We're a one-party state whose media are the dumb, dishonest propaganda arm of the government that bought them off. 

Notwithstanding, there are pockets of truth they can't yet reach or stop. You can still “hear the words,” including right here on Reality Check Radio. There is hope. Faced with lies, the truth has a pesky habit of marching right on. 

Right, Tucker? Right, Elvis?

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Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo is a New Zealand broadcaster, author and commentator, once hailed by Metro magazine as “the doyen of political interviewers.” He infamously walked out of Television New Zealand in 1993, calling its news and current affairs “braindead.” Lindsay contributes to the Breakfast programme with Perigo's Perspective on Thursday mornings.

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