Tucker Carlson Fails at Trolling
I don't really think there's much point in dignifying the "bombshell" which Tucker Carlson and Drudge claim to have uncorked yesterday evening. My neighbor David Graham offers a summary:
For several hours, the Drudge Report has been teasing that a bombshell video will air on Sean Hannity's Fox News show Tuesday night -- some of it while linking to a page for donations on Mitt Romney's site. Now BuzzFeed thinks it has found the video he's talking about, based on clues in his teases.The video isn't actually new -- it's been on YouTube since June 2007. You catch watch it below. Andrew Sullivan posted the transcript on The Atlantic the same year.
It's interesting that Carlson's claimed that he was offering a big reveal, despite the fact that many in the media covered the video at the time -- including Tucker Carlson.
Carlson's descent from reasonably credible magazine journalist to inept race hustler is well mapped territory. He has not been the same man since Jon Stewart took him down. The ethering reverberates through the years with such force that we now find its recipient slathering yesterday's nothing-burgers in weak sauce, and serving them up as the daily special.
Even those who would like to be fooled are not.
"What's the 'So what' of this video? I don't think it's going to really go anywhere," Republican Rep. Allen West said on Fox News.
This is not a vetting. It is a flim-flam. And it will not work.