Tucker Carlson didn’t hold back on attacking NBC’s news anchor, Lester Holt’s idea that journalists should not commit to “fairness” in the name of fighting misinformation. Carlson blasted Holt’s claim that giving two sides “equal weight” was outdated calling the comment “demented.”
Fox News reports:
“They’re grotesque,” Carlson said of Holt’s comments on “Outnumbered.” “Fairness is never overrated … If you don’t strive to be fair, you are certain to commit moral atrocities, but again, not just true for network newsreaders. By the way, when did newsreaders become philosophers? I think Lester Holt seems like a perfectly nice guy, but you don’t turn to Lester Holt for deepthink. The truth is, he’s saying that we know what we know, and we shouldn’t question it, when in fact the reality of life suggests that’s completely wrong.”
“We, for thousands of years, imagined that the sun revolved around the Earth,” he said. “The point of journalism is to continuously press against what we think we know, demand evidence, and show it to the public. It’s not to affirm what the ruling class declares, which is basically what he’s saying. It’s demented, actually.”
Essentially, Carlson argued, Holt and other elite reporters’ worldview was to “make the other side shut up” and run interference for the world’s most powerful people.
“That’s like a perfect inversion of what journalism is supposed to be. It’s supposed to, in the famous formulation, make the powerful uncomfortable and comfort the afflicted. But that’s the opposite of what it does,” he said. “They take the weakest people in our society and they hurt them, and then they suck up to the most powerful. That’s why everyone hates them, and for good reason.”
Holt made his disturbing comments while accepting a media award. While it’s been apparent for a while that mainstream media has no problem forgoing the truth in favor of misinformation to fuel their biased narratives, Holt’s blatant comments reach a new level of arrogance.