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The Left is egalitarian. The Right understands hierarchy. While the Left has cults of personality, for the Right, the need for a personal leader seems built in. There must be a king, a man on horseback, or a tribune of the nation whom we can follow. This leads to mistakes. In retrospect, the tributes to “God-Emperor” Donald Trump in 2015-2016 are embarrassing, even if you think he should be re-elected. We may soon feel the same way about Tucker Carlson, whom many believe is the real voice of American nationalism — though it’s questionable whether “American nationalism” is even possible anymore.

However, I’m not disavowing Mr. Carlson just yet. Last night, he talked about a hit piece against one of his writers that got him fired. Mr. Carlson spoke against the vulgar comments the young man — Blake Neff — posted on a forum. Tasteless comments in private don’t show any of us at our best. But Mr. Carlson also denounced the self-righteousness of those who destroyed a young man’s career. This took courage.

Mr. Carlson reminded us that all are fallen. He didn’t grovel or attack his former employee. Nor did he fire him; Mr. Neff appears to have resigned, and there’s no evidence to suggest he was forced out. The Left obviously doesn’t think Mr. Carlson toadied enough. The Left never thinks anyone toadies enough. Mr. Carlson’s remarks were not a ringing endorsement of free speech, but were about the best that could be expected from someone who wants to stay at a network that has clearly shifted left.

I don’t know Mr. Carlson’s former writer, and until two days ago I had never heard of the forum where he posted. However, I used to know Oliver Darcy, who wrote the original CNN article that exposed Mr. Neff. Mr. Darcy and I used to work together at the Leadership Institute. He was something of a firebrand at that time, pioneering some of the street interviews/activism now typical of conservative provocateurs such as Steven Crowder or Kaitlin Bennett. He was certainly more conservative than most people at LI.

Oliver Darcy during his time in the “conservative” Beltway. (Credit Image: The Leadership Institute)
Oliver Darcy during his time in the “conservative” Beltway. (Credit Image: The Leadership Institute)

It would be absurd for me to try to smear Mr. Darcy because he associated with me or anybody else. However, my views weren’t a secret. Everyone was well aware that I opposed multiculturalism and mass immigration. If anything, I was more “radical” than I am now in middle age. Oliver had no problems working with me or with my organization, Youth for Western Civilization, and I considered him a friend. Perhaps he has changed his views; perhaps he never had any.

“Miles’s Law,” which states, “Where you stand depends on where you sit,” is probably explains him best. Liberal journalism today revolves around deplatforming and silencing the competition. Oliver was just doing his job at CNN, just as he did at LI or at The Blaze, years ago. Like a gangland hit, I suspect this was just business, nothing personal. Mr. Carlson’s writer was someone who had to go.

Still, there’s something obscene about media conglomerates writing breathless stories about a young man’s comments in an anonymous forum. It’s one thing if it’s some antifa group calling you names; that’s to be expected. It’s quite another when this is what CNN spends time on during an economic recession, mass pandemic, tensions in the Middle East and Asia, rising crime, and widespread rioting. It’s even worse when the Associated Press thinks it’s headline news.

This isn’t the “free press” holding power accountable; it’s bullies trying to shut people up. It’s even more disgusting when the censorship is coming from someone who would have deplatformed his own persona of just a few years earlier. This isn’t journalism. It’s petty cruelty. It’s why so many Americans don’t believe the “fake news” anymore. They think, correctly, that cable news is just a way for journalists to scold, snitch, and speechify, instead of informing us about what’s happening in the world.

I think Mr. Carlson did the best that could have been expected. I pray that Mr. Neff can rebuild his career and his life. Finally, I hope those who successfully doxed him reflect that “cancel culture” can go both ways. We all have said things we may not want made public. And this kind of petty vindictiveness destroys an institution’s credibility.

When I was younger, I associated CNN with cutting-edge reporting from the battlegrounds of the First Gulf War. Today, CNN’s no more than a liberal blog that got someone “canceled.” Of course, eventually that tactic will lose its sting. People stop caring. When everyone is “canceled,” no one is.

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  1. R.C. says:

    Excellent realpolitik analysis and discussion.

    This isn’t the “free press” holding power accountable; it’s bullies trying to shut people up. It’s even more disgusting when the censorship is coming from someone who would have deplatformed his own persona of just a few years earlier. This isn’t journalism. It’s petty cruelty. It’s why so many Americans don’t believe the “fake news” anymore. They think, correctly, that cable news is just a way for journalists to scold, snitch, and speechify, instead of informing us about what’s happening in the world.

    TC: You dealt with it about as good as any realist could hope for.
    R.C.

  2. Mr. Grey says:

    I must take issue with the claim that the Left is egalitarian. Most left-wing activists I’ve known had daddy issues, they don’t want to be told what to do but love telling others how to live. People on the right usually had good fathers and don’t see the person in charge as a threat to their manhood.

  3. MB says: • Website

    Uh, I am still trying to figure out what is wrong with saying ‘crime went down because black doods (sic) stayed home playing Call of Duty’.

    Regardless if it is true or not, it’s flipping hilarious.
    The guy has a career as a comedian.

    Oh wait.
    Only Dave Chappelle can say edgy stuff.
    Whyte people only need to sit down, pay up and shut up.
    (Do any of these Snow White social justice jerks ever look in the mirror?)

    Yeah, whatever.
    Our progressive overlords and their munchkin minions don’t know how stupid they come across to anybody who isn’t huffing the kool aid.

    • Agree: Sulu
  4. ATBOTL says:

    Mr. Carlson spoke against the vulgar comments the young man — Blake Neff — posted on a forum. Tasteless comments in private don’t show any of us at our best. But Mr. Carlson also denounced the self-righteousness of those who destroyed a young man’s career. This took courage.

    Mr. Carlson reminded us that all are fallen. He didn’t grovel or attack his former employee. Nor did he fire him; Mr. Neff appears to have resigned, and there’s no evidence to suggest he was forced out.

    This is just shilling. Pathetic. He did attack Neff. It took no courage to impotently bitch about the woke mob he just submitted to. Neff was forced out.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  5. Tucker Carlson is ultimately a rich white kid grown up (with ambition) and while he may find it amusing to have his writers trawl the message boards for ideas the way Steve Bannon used to do, he is not one of us. I’m glad that Gregory Hood understands that.

    At most we can hope that Tucker Carlson, as a white family man, at least in theory shares enough interests and upbringing with us that he can continue to speak out somewhat effectively against the dictatorship of the shitlibtariat.

    • Replies: @Trinity
    , @Realist
  6. TG says:

    “The Left is egalitarian. The Right understands hierarchy.”

    I will echo the comments of Mr. Grey. In my experience, the ‘left’ is utterly hierarchical, my well-educated liberal friends will toe the party line without dissent, even in the presence of vast logical disconnects. They absolutely do not believe that every opinion matters, they believe that whatever the six big media conglomerates present as the truth is the truth and anyone raising any objections is just some kind of moron/racist.

    Although I do have to admit: in the current top-down environment that we see in places like academia, such mindless parroting of what our superiors tell us to believe, is likely very practical.

    The ‘right’ – to the extent that there even is such a thing anymore – is much more fragmented, and has more than it’s share of doctrinaire non-thinkers. Like accusing anyone objecting to all of our bailouts and subsidies of Wall Street of ‘being a communist and why do you hate rich people?’ But in general, there is at least a decent fraction of people on the ‘right’ who can still have a discussion about real issues. The ‘right’ still has some ability to withstand corporate propaganda, as in continuing to object to the meme that mass third-world immigration is good for us, or choking on corporate power grabs like the TPP trade agreement (which liberals thought was fine, despite the odious nature of the treaty, because Obama told them so).

  7. Rosie says:

    There was a time when the White Right understood that media control is the pivotal issue. But how do you take control of the media when your adversaries necessarily have the power to depict you as a paranoid, fringe crank, and now, get you cancelled. There is no clear answer to this conundrum. Hence all the ridiculous distractions in recent years about women’s suffrage, boomers, White saviors, etc.

    • Replies: @GazaPlanet
  8. Bari Weiss a hero of free speech? ROTFL.

    How about, Rod Dreher, Cuck?

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/bari-weiss-hero-new-york-times/

    Weiss is one of the vilest and most hypocritical Zionist supremacists on the planet. The nasty bitch smeared Tulsi Gabbard as “Putin’s Puppet”.

    Dreher is drehery.

    • Agree: GazaPlanet, Mikhail
  9. Trinity says:
    @GazaPlanet

    Well said, my friend. Unfortunately, Tucker is as good as it gets on the Talmudvision. Here is the thing that worries me about people like Tucker though, do they do more harm by ONLY telling the public 90% truth and leaving out the other 10% or even lying about the other 10%? He will NEVER address Jewish power and influence or Jewish racism. Face it, just about anyone with half a brain already knows the truth about the subjects that Tucker covers, it isn’t as if Tucker is brilliant and he and he alone discovered our race problem. Trump discovers the “border problem” in 2015, a problem that people like Dr. David Duke were warning Americans about in the Seventies and Eighties. Tucker is only preaching to the choir and he is leaving out the most important part of the puzzle.

    • Agree: GazaPlanet, Realist, Sulu
  10. @Rosie

    The media has become brittle, repressive and it feels propagandistic, but without any sort of real substance that normal people can actually believe in. In a sense, forcing them to play their cards and reveal exactly what they’ve always been behind the mask is a good sign, it is a sign that our influence has grown. They have to shut us up because real progress has been made, message wise.

    What we need to do is learn to exert leverage on the pressure points. Target #1, the Republican Party.

  11. “Still, there’s something obscene about media conglomerates writing breathless stories about a young man’s comments in an anonymous forum.”

    Indeed.

  12. @Trinity

    “He will NEVER address Jewish power and influence or Jewish racism.”

    He is indeed “as good as it gets”–and the closest we’ll get to a genuine populist. In re: the above, bet the farm that Carlson knows the drill, which means that he also knows that if he were to open fire he’d be out of a job and would be lucky to get a podcast. As it is now, I am left with a disturbing feeling that he won’t make it to January. He is crossing swords with too many of the, er, “wrong people”–and he that lives by the sword..etc.

    Let sleeping dogs lie and be happy we’ve got what we’ve got –for as long as we’ve got it.

    • Agree: 22pp22, Vox Nihili
    • Replies: @Realist
  13. anon[101] • Disclaimer says:

    “Oliver had no problems working with me or with my organization, Youth for Western Civilization”

    Whoa, whoa. What? Sounds … controversial. Maybe somebody should write an expose about Oliver and his association with the Youth for Western Civilization and forward it to CNN. You can’t tell me Oliver didn’t make cancel-worthy comments working for a group with that title. Steve King got canceled for merely defending Western Civilization, even though his comments were taken out of context by the NYT. I’m sure Oliver can do better.

  14. anon[717] • Disclaimer says:

    “It would be absurd for me to try to smear Mr. Darcy because he associated with me or anybody else. However, my views weren’t a secret. Everyone was well aware that I opposed multiculturalism and mass immigration. If anything, I was more “radical” than I am now in middle age. Oliver had no problems working with me or with my organization, Youth for Western Civilization.”

    I would really like a clarification of Oliver Darcy’s relationship with Gregory. Mr. Hood mentioned it, and I know that perhaps he might claim to be against cancel culture himself, but this is a very serious — explosive — claim … if true. I’d like to know more about your connection to Oliver Darcy and whether or not you voiced your opinions around him and what Darcy had to say in response. Did he agree with them or did he simply ignore them? Did he ever disagree?

    Background:

    According to the SPLC, Gregory Hood has written for American Renaissance and has been a contributor to a website called AltRight.com. He has also penned his thoughts at Richard Spencer’s Radix Journal. Gregory is described by the SPLC as a “Longtime White Nationalist Propagandist.”

    Here is how the SPLC describes the Youth For Western Civilization: “Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) – a far-right youth organization that he ran from 2006 to 2012 – served as the institutional basis for the web-savvy white nationalist movement that would come to be known as the “alt-right.”

    This is something that should be brought to light as it is justified, in my opinion, by current events. Promoting cancel culture is one thing, but this is newsworthy by Darcy’s own actions and is, therefore, not really cancel culture as typically defined. I think the public should know more about this situation.

    BTW, Tucker Carlson made what I interpreted to be a veiled threat to retaliate against CNN on his program last night. Hmm … I wonder if this connection is widely known in the industry?

    • Replies: @DCThrowback
  15. @Mr. Grey

    Interesting. Your first sentence is what I came here to type, but for a different reason. IMO, the left isn’t egalitarian because they’ve always believed their tribes superior to others and lately are being explicit about this. A couple of generations ago we could pretend that it was just reaction against the prevailing mores, but no longer. Not to mention that even a couple of generations ago one tribe in particular had already all but cemented its grip upon what I call “the production of truth” whose mechanisms include Higher Education, the Mass Media, etc.

    Now, many believe that what people here call ‘The Left’ (which I call The Establishment) are only using phenomena like BLM as a cudgel against the Vanishing Minority in this country, and they may well be right. Such a theory is certainly borne out in how many of them handle their personal lives, where they send their children to school, etc.

    Your own (more psychological) reasons are persuasive, BTW.

  16. @Mr. Grey

    Most people on the far right that I know had nasty authoritarian fathers who set standards the kids can never live up to. A lot of leftists had weak dads and were basically raised by their mothers. People with strong caring fathers tend to be center right and see politics as an annoyance.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  17. When I was younger, I associated CNN with cutting-edge reporting from the battlegrounds of the First Gulf War.

    In the ’80s, CNN was on in the background in a number of government offices because it was a source of breaking news without the filter usually imposed by layers of intel bureaucracy. Now it is little more than a 24/7 Op-Ed outlet. I heard a clip from Reporterette/Taking-Head Brianna Keilar, who used to seem fairly level-headed, the other day referring to “Trump’s crap comments.”

    In fact, I joke with my wife from time to time that I’m switching to CNN to see what Trump has done wrong in the past hour, and if I do make the switch, the joke is fulfilled in spades. What I don’t see, at least on the International channel, is much legitimate advertising; most of it is touts of CNN’s own shows and personalities.

    Someone with money to burn is pouring money into a propaganda organ that makes the old Soviet Pravda look honest and unbiased by comparison.

    • Replies: @Escher
  18. Pericles says:
    @SafeNow

    And that inverted Bowl we call The Sky,
    Whereunder crawling coop’t we live and die,
    Lift not thy hands to It for help—for It
    Rolls impotently on as Thou or I.

  19. Smith says:

    Imagine getting fired over some FORUM POSTS.

    America is getting downright embarassing.

    • Replies: @Realist
  20. Realist says:

    Tucker Carlson Keeps His Job

    Too early to tell.

  21. Realist says:
    @Smith

    America is getting downright embarassing.

    It has been for years.

  22. Realist says:
    @Prester John

    Let sleeping dogs lie and be happy we’ve got what we’ve got –for as long as we’ve got it.

    That is a loser’s capitulation…if I ever heard one.

  23. Hibernian says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    People with strong caring fathers tend to be center right and see politics as an annoyance.

    Like yourself, of course.

  24. Realist says:
    @Trinity

    Face it, just about anyone with half a brain already knows the truth about the subjects that Tucker covers, it isn’t as if Tucker is brilliant and he and he alone discovered our race problem.

    Exactly right…a causal observation of our society tells you what is wrong…the solution is the hard part.
    This is my main complaint about all articles on this blog…they keep rehashing the problems ad nauseam.

    Tucker is only preaching to the choir and he is leaving out the most important part of the puzzle.

    Agreed. Is he doing it to appease the Deep State opposition…controlled opposition.

  25. Realist says:
    @GazaPlanet

    Tucker Carlson is ultimately a rich white kid grown up (with ambition) and while he may find it amusing to have his writers trawl the message boards for ideas the way Steve Bannon used to do, he is not one of us.

    Carlson’s stepmother is an heiress to Swanson Enterprises. Carlson’s paternal ancestral name is Boynton.

  26. @MarkinLA

    will he ever realize he is president and not Jared

    • Replies: @GazaPlanet
  27. @anon

    This was a hit job, plain and simple. Billionaire on Billionaire corporate violence. Tucker’s getting great ratings. Those ratings were at least, in part, due to having a head writer who demonstrably funny.

    While the trolling for bad words on bulletin boards things looks bad, it was a targeted hit. Someone on that board gave him up to CNN/Darcy in my opinion. The question was the timing, which was likely important as Tuck was crossing 4M viewers/night. What better way to slow his momentum?

    The real question is will Tucker’s content suffer as a result of this loss?

    (This is a lot like the Redskins name change. The Billionaire who owns the team (Dan Snyder) won’t let the Billionaire #2 who has a 27 year advertising and partnership with the team (Fedex CEO Fred Smith) leave the arrangement and sell his minority stake (for which there is no market). Or let Smith buy the team outright. When those negotiations failed, Billionaire #2 went nuclear and for the palace coup and struck at a defenseless and weak flank of Billionaire #1, the team name, during a time of great CuCking. Snyder cucked and looks even weaker.)

  28. @DCThrowback

    He “does” things and the rubes remember it and when he “undoes” them they don’t believe it. That would be going on without the little Reality TV game show / political shell game of Jared undoing everything Trump “wants.”

  29. @SafeNow

    It’s Edward Fitzgerald’s translation of a verse of a poem in Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat for crying out loud.

    • Replies: @SafeNow
  30. anon[327] • Disclaimer says:

    Not just Trump and Tucker by themselves.

    Where are we? Just bystanders taking notes?

    • Replies: @Fiew Sillade
  31. @anon

    I ask myself that all the time too. Everyone is talking at us but there are no listening sessions or opportunities to share feedback or engage in the political process other than donate and vote. I feel totally shut out of the conversation and forced to hunt around for ideas I agree with so that I can at least support it by giving it views.

  32. SafeNow says:
    @Grahamsno(G64)

    Everyone who went to high school knows that it is The Rubaiyat, but I should have been more careful when selecting a quote image…I should have selected one with a proper attribution at the bottom.

  33. I forgot the man who deserves credit for this lame attempt at remembering what he wrote many years ago.

    “The written can not be unwritten”

    . Does that even make sense? I guess it does. My interpretation when I read these words is: everything is recorded somewhere. I told my, at the time 9 year old grandchild, to be careful with his words, especially the written. Even, our comments here or on any site, ridiculous or not, never disappear.

  34. They seem to have taken him off the air the last two days. Huge bummer.

    The Neocons and Mitt Romney wing of the Republican party will not be able to carry the election. So it’s looking pretty good for Biden after all. Boo.

  35. While the Left has cults of personality, for the Right, the need for a personal leader seems built in. There must be a king, a man on horseback, or a tribune of the nation whom we can follow.

    Yeah, right…

  36. @Trinity

    He will NEVER address Jewish power and influence or Jewish racism.

    And you will never address what they were up to in the Scopes and Epperson trials. Why did they insist the prosecution of these lawbreakers was unjust? In what way was it?

  37. Realist says:
    @MarkinLA

    As I have been saying for a little over three years…Trump is a Deep State minion.

    He talks…he walks. Trump is not the answer for this country…in fact the electoral process will not fix our problem. He has spent three and a half years doing nothing for the 99%.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  38. Escher says:
    @The Alarmist

    Now it is little more than a 24/7 Op-Ed outlet.

    Good one.

  39. MarkinLA says:
    @Realist

    Yes, I have lost all faith in him. They call me constantly for money. Luckily, they use my Magicjack land-line and I let everything go to the answering machine. I used to, for fun, pick up and tell them what I think of Trump but what use is that, they are paid phone monkeys who are only in it for their cut.

    • Replies: @Realist
  40. Realist says:
    @MarkinLA

    I get at least 10 emails a day from the Trump election committee. I have tagged them as junk.

  41. @SafeNow

    this is Fitzgerald’s brill translation of Omar Khayyam

  42. Richard B says:

    It’s quite another when this is what CNN spends time on during an economic recession, mass pandemic, tensions in the Middle East and Asia, rising crime, and widespread rioting

    That’s why CNN = Collapsing Narrative Network

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