Tucker Carlson Mocks Chris Hayes: What Every Man Would Be if Feminists Had Absolute Power
Fox News host Tucker Carlson lashed out at MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Monday night after the fellow 8 PM cable news competitor hosted a Town Hall with recently elected — and a lightning rod for conservative obsession — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last week.
The Friday evening special focused in part on the anti-Climate Change resolution the Green New Deal, which Carlson has relentlessly ridiculed since its introduction, but Carlson opened his segment with remarkably harsh words for Hayes:
“Chris Hayes is what every man would be if feminists ever achieved absolute power in this country––apologetic, bespectacled, and deeply, deeply concerned about global warming and the patriarchal systems that cause it.”
Other than the schoolyard taunt, it’s not exactly clear what Carlson means here. Feminists are traditionally defined as simply believing that men and women should be treated equally under the rule of law. At press time, Mediaite’s crack research team could find no evidence of any form of feminism that focuses on bespectacled men.
After running a short clip of Hayes introducing the Town Hall in front of a large studio audience, Carlson further mocked “That looks like Ellen, sort of a fusion show.”
Later in the segment, Carlson called AOC a moron, saying “So it’s official. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a moron and nasty and more self-righteous than any televangelist who ever preached a sermon on cable access. She’s not impressive, she’s awful.” He then shared some praise for the freshman Democratic Congresswoman’s “impressive” economic positions.
One of the first rules of determining what sort of cable news fodder merits Mediaite coverage is this: when an individual on one outlet criticizes an individual on another (fairly or unfairly), it’s a post. And Carlson’s over-the-top dig of Hayes certainly meets that standard.
But Carlson’s opening this segment with a clear and dismissive shot at Hayes rather undermines his critique. The Greek philosopher Socrates is attributed with the following quote “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” That attribution appears to be false, but the sentiment is no less sound.
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