Tucker Carlson Tonight was the most-watched cable information present of 2021, but this system’s namesake host spent Monday evening decrying an alleged lack of variety in the identical media ecosystem that his employer, Fox News, dominates.
In a phase about President Joe Biden’s low approval rankings and the recent obstacles to his agenda, Carlson took the chance to play information clips of pundits and reporters providing pessimistic takes on the administration. This was half of a development, he figured, because it aligned with how some of them expressed pleasure at Biden’s 2020 election win, and likewise how some described the Jan. 6 rebel as “one of the darkest days” in U.S. historical past.
“Everyone in the Democratic Party sounds exactly alike because message discipline is what they do. It’s who they are,” Carlson complained. “No one in the party thinks independently—that’s not allowed. Everybody in the group must say the same thing in concert with everybody else in the group all the time. Think for yourself, even for a second, and you are denounced as a conspiracy theorist.”
Carlson, who has pushed conspiracy theories concerning the occasions of Jan. 6, needed to clarify that he wasn’t alleging a full-on “conspiracy,” however extra probably a “conspiracy of instinct.”
“For all the talk you hear of diversity, there is precisely zero diversity in our national media,” Carlson declared and not using a shred of self-awareness. “People may have different skin tones or different sexual interests, [but that’s] not relevant. They are all from such similar backgrounds with such similar beliefs and values and life experiences that their gut reactions to everything have aligned into perfect synchronicity, like menstruating teenagers at summer camp.”
That Carlson opted to not play clips from speaking heads on Fox News isn’t any shock, as the truth that the community’s programming is consumed in hundreds of thousands of houses nationwide undercuts his declare.
For occasion, Carlson’s present drew the most viewers of any cable information present final 12 months, averaging 3.21 million every evening. It led the sector in the coveted 25-54 age group, too, with a nightly viewers of about 535,000.
Additionally, the highest three most watched reveals of 2021 all belong to Fox News, and of the highest 10, the community broadcasts seven.
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