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Tucker Carlson’s ‘Patriot Purge’ full of conspiracies and right-wing propaganda | Column
Columnist Daniel Ruth weighs in on the Fox News host’s look at the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C. in 2019.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C. in 2019. [ CHIP SOMODEVILLA | TNS ]
Published Nov. 11, 2021

Imagine if there had been a Fox News, or One America News, or Newsmax around during those dark days when Adolf Hitler was claiming all he wanted to do was make Germany great again.

Why is everyone getting so nervous? Isn’t that Autobahn a thing of beauty? Then there is the Volkswagen! Whatta car! And did you see that interview the Fuhrer gave to Tucker Carlson? How sensitive and thoughtful and funny the Chancellor was. We need that kind of leadership over here, don’t you think?

Jews? Concentration camps? Slave labor? All lies, all “fake news”! Just ask those happy folks in the Sudetenland. They wanted to be annexed.

Tucker Carlson, the Joseph Goebbels of the chattering classes, would have been right at home in Wolf’s Lair. But for now, his Fox News bunker will have to do.

Carlson, who has perfected the deer in the headlights gaze of wonderment, makes his living as a professional idiot. And you can’t deny he’s quite good at it, debunking COVID-19 vaccines, pimping racial replacement lies or promoting any other dog whistle that will cheer on his audience, who more closely resemble the vigilante recruitment scene from “Blazing Saddles.”

In recent days the Lonesome Rhodes of the Reichstag has been streaming a series he burped up titled “Patriot Purge,” which suggests the Jan. 6 insurrection, which threatened the foundations of this country’s democracy and attempted to undermine the peaceful transition of power was, in fact, part of a “false flag operation” to undermine the nation’s political right wing.

Or perhaps this thing might have been called “Springtime For Tucker.”

“Patriot Purge” falsely claims the riot, during which nearly 150 police officers were injured, was merely the reaction of common middle class gullible Americans who believed (without a shred of evidence) that the election had been stolen from the Grifter-In-Chief.

Indeed, we now know the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol was being organized by the likes of former Trump enabler Steven Bannon and his pals ensconced in a hotel near the White House.

The assault was led by right-wing extremist groups, the wannabe toy soldiers in the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists.

But in the slimy hands of Tucker Carlson, the Leni Riefenstahl of Fox News, the events of Jan. 6 were actually the handiwork of a vast left-wing plot orchestrated by the FBI.

The list of “expert” witnesses enlisted by Carlson include a rogue’s gallery of delusional conspiracy theorists with at least one having ties to rightwing radio disc jockey Glenn Beck. Now there’s some credibility for you. This is a bit like consulting with Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz on ethics.

It is estimated somewhere around 2,500 would-be stormtroopers actually entered the Capitol on Jan. 6. About 650 people have been arrested on charges including from entering restricted federal property, assaulting law enforcement officers and criminal conspiracy. It’s a shame being dumber than a sack of “Fox & Friends” isn’t a crime, too.

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They are not political prisoners. They are not martyrs. They are dopes. And yes, likely fans of Tucker Carlson, the host and producer of “Kristallnacht on the Potomac.”

Some years ago, some Fox lawyers representing Carlson in a libel action argued their client was innocent because anyone with a functioning brain synapse knew their client was a complete simpleton who no one would ever take seriously.

Alas, if only that were true. After all, Tucker Carlson, the Ted Baxter of Berchtesgaden, is still handsomely paid by Fox News to be its resident Sgt. Schultz.

If we’ve learned anything certainly over the past five years it is that there are great swaths of people in this country who can be conned, manipulated and led to believe almost anything. See: Trump, Donald — bleach injections.

Carlson’s “Triumph of the Shrill” is a giant, sloppy air kiss to all those drooling lemmings who believe in QAnon, Alex Jones, Rudy Giuliani, the My Pillow Guy, the aforementioned Glenn Beck and yes, the greatest whining conspiracy bloviator of them all, the Il Duce of Mar-A-Lago.

What will happen to Tucker Carlson, Rupert Murdoch’s personal little corporal? You know the answer. Nothing, nothing at all.

That’s because lies sell. Fear sells even better.

Perhaps then, some will be anxiously awaiting Carlson’s next series exposing Andrew Jackson’s genocidal “Trail of Tears” as merely a carefree stroll by contented native Americans.

As for slavery? Really now. Tut-tut. What slavery? Fake news.

Stay tuned.

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