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Tucker Carlson Doesn’t Really Think Michael Vick Should Be Executed, But Again Misinforms About Obama’s “Praise”

Reported by Ellen - January 3, 2011 -

Last week, while subbing for Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson said football player Michael Vick should be executed for having mistreated and killed dogs. As I noted, Carlson’s comments were part of a Fox News effort to erroneously smear President Obama as some kind of Michael Vick supporter – because Obama praised the Philadelphia Eagles owner for giving Vick a second chance after he was released from prison. Tonight, on Hannity, Carlson said he “overspoke” when he said Vick should be executed. Nevertheless, Carlson repeated the distortion that Obama had praised Vick - without any correction from Hannity.

After discussing Michael Steele’s prospects to re-head the RNC, at about four minutes into the interview, Hannity brought up Carlson’s comments. He also played a clip of Carlson saying, “The idea that the President of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs – kind of beyond the pale.”

Hannity made no effort to correct the record about what the president actually got behind. He joked that he had taken his only big vacation of the year only to find on the blogs that Carlson was “destroying the show.” After playing the clip, Hannity asked if Carlson “really wanted” Vick executed.

Carlson said, “This is what happens when you get too emotional, and I did. Look, the bottom line is I’m a dog lover… I know a lot about what Michael Vick did, what he admitted doing. And I’m not going to get into it on the show because it’s too upsetting, frankly… You know, I overspoke… I’m uncomfortable with the death penalty under any circumstances. Of course, I don’t think he should be executed. But I do think what he did is truly appalling.”

Hannity went on to say that he’s a “dog lover’s dog lover,” but that as a Christian, he was torn. “Shouldn’t we believe in redemption in the sense that he’s showing a level of continued commitment to right his life?” At some point, Hannity said, “we’ve got to take our foot off his neck.”

Carlson agreed. But, he added, “There is a line of several million rehabilitated people who I’d like to see the president congratulate before he congratulates Michael Vick.”

Again, Hannity let the misinformation stand. Even worse, he agreed with Carlson. “That’s a good point,” Hannity said.