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CNN’s Joe Lockhart Blasts Brit Hume’s Boasting of Tucker’s Ratings: Crazy ‘That Bigotry and Misogyny Sells So Well’

Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume got into a spirited yet civil debate with CNN contributor (and former Clinton White House Press Secretary) Joe Lockhart on Monday evening.

At issue? Tucker Carlson’s recent radio interview snippets that had been unearthed by progressive watchdog Media Matters in which Carlson is heard using homophobic terminology, dismissing Iraqi’s as “dogs” and touting the civilization benefits brought forth by white people.

Hume linked a thoughtful article penned by former presidential candidate David French that he nicely summarized in a tweet that read “1. I don’t like it when people say shocking things to shock jocks. 2. I like it less when we data-mine a person’s past to blast them out of the marketplace of ideas. Were people actually outraged by Tucker’s comments? Or vengefully gleeful to find them?”

Hume employed the increasingly tired “a good offense is the best defense” tactic, by saying that it’s Tucker’s commercial success is what truly angers his liberal critics, and not the offensive statements made yester-decade. In other words, it’s NOT the offensive remarks that matter, its that people FOUND them. Stupid Google.

Hume tweeted out:

Enter Lockhart, who reasonably dismissed Hume’s defense by pointing out what he, and many of Carlson’s critics, see as divisive and corrosive opinion programming during Fox News 8 PM hour:

And there is the latest example of the current national debate that we are watching. Two very well respected individuals (by their own ideological communities they represent) debating the power of words versus commercial success.

The more you know!

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