Like his predecessor at 8 PM, Bill O'Reilly, Tucker Carlson loves to bash college professors for their nasty liberalism. And just like Bill, Carlson has no qualms about attacking a professor with lies and right wing propaganda - as he did on a recent Fox & Friends during which Carlson added a little vintage O'Reilly nativism to the toxic brew.
According to a recent New Yorker article, Tucker Carlson "was, by all accounts, a lousy student." But that doesn't stop him from opining on what he considers to be liberal degradation of higher ed. On a recent Fox & Friends, the conversation turned to an Arizona State professor who, according to cohost Brian Kilmeade, is offering her students the option of taking a final exam or the option to "organize an anti-Trump protest."
Warning: Fox Lie. The "options" do not include a test. Students have been offered two options: "Write a research paper or create a group project." Note: Students were NOT told to "organize an anti-Trump protest." Students chose to do an anti-Trump protest which also "drew attention to a variety of issues, including LGBT rights, women's rights, Black Lives Matter, immigration, and even the prison system."
Kilmeade tossed the propaganda ball to Carlson with the question, "Do you think that's fair?"
Showing that he knows Latin words, Carlson said, "It's prima-facie silly." He followed this up with some rich irony when he described the assignment as "mediocre." In channeling O'Reilly, he attacked the professor by referencing how she was "born outside of the country." Just so the nice Fox fans knew whom to send death treats to, the professor's name was given.
Carlson claimed that the professor's bio "basically says my course consists of left-wing social activism, immigration activism, [Tucker was clearly agitated] immigrant rights activism."
Warning: Fox Lie. Her biography says nothing about her courses or "left-wing social activism." It does reference her concern for immigrants and immigration issues.
Carlson repeated his accusation of mediocrity because these students "are not learning anything other than activism which [he sputtered] is not, itself, an academic discipline." He continued, "Its pretty easy to stand outside with a sign." Given that this piece was another fact-free propaganda fest, Carlson's statement, that students should be learning facts, was also rich in irony.
As Ainsley Earhardt muttered "yeah," Carlson then attacked American colleges for employing people who "have no qualifications..." (Note the professor in question has a Ph.D. which is two degrees more than what Tucker has.) He accused these evil, lefty profs of "teaching your kids to hate the country they live in."
Earhardt provided validation: "If you're paying for your kid to go to school, you want them to take the final exam, you want them to learn." She spoke of nice, conservative kids who are "too scared" to confront these liberal, pinko teachers "because there might be backlash."
Carlson validated Earhardt's validation: "Sure, you're seeing an attack, a full frontal attack on freedom of speech in colleges across the country..." where conservative ideas are, awwww, "dismissed." He whined about how, "Basically, the underpinnings of America are rejected" and that this doesn't bode well for the next generation of leaders.
If Bill O'Reilly is the tree and Tucker Carlson, the apple, as the saying goes, "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." And, if you're looking for a definition of mediocrity, look no further than Tucker Carlson.
Check out the video from Tuesday, April 18, 2017, on Fox & Friends.