While filling in for fellow Fox News talking head Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson said he thought Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick should have been executed for his role in dog fighting.
Here’s Tucker Carlson’s full quote, “Now I’m a Christian, I make mistakes myself, and I believe fervently in second chances. But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way, and I think personally he should have been executed.”
Of course, Carlson supports Sarah Palin gleefully killing a moose for sport on her nationally televised reality show.
This all began when US President Barack Obama called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffry Lurie to thank him for giving Michael Vick a second chance. A second chance is something Obama supports. The phone call was to be private thank you but as we see so often, privacy and politics rarely mix.
What Vick did was abhorrent and shouldn’t be forgotten but to his credit, Michael Vick is doing his best to make amends for his crimes. He has a long way to go before the public forgives him but considering the time Vick spends educating schoolchildren on the dangers of animal abuse, people should be open to giving him an opportunity for a second chance.
As far as Carlson is concerned, to call for Vick’s execution is beyond hyperbole it’s a blatant case of “look at me journalism” from a guy who hasn’t been relevant since Jon Stewart murdered him on Carlson’s old CNN Show Crossfire. Carlson and Paul Begala hosted Stewart before the 2004 Presidential elections. Jon Stewart ripped the hosts for most of the episode. CNN cancelled Crossfire just a couple of months after Stewart’s appearance.
Stewart ripped them both as partisan hacks who do nothing to move forward proper discourse in American Politics. Carlson, backed into a corner tried to lighten the situation, told Stewart, “I think you’re more fun on your show”
Stewart responded, “You know what’s interesting though? You’re as big a dick on your show as you are on any show.”
It seems not much has changed in six years.