We bloggers sometimes jump the gun.
Last week brought the news that Daily Caller contract writer Mickey Kaus had quit his gig because the site’s top editor, Tucker Carlson, had killed a story critical of Fox News, where Carlson works as a weekend co-host. “Can’t trash Fox on the site. Sorry. I work there,” Carlson informed Kaus. Did this instance of straight-up censorship, we wondered, rank with other low points during Carlson’s Daily Caller tenure? Was the true nadir when Carlson … As we wrote, there were several competing moments:
A) Presided over a story falsely claiming that the Environmental Protection Agency was seeking to boost its workforce by 230,000 employees to enforce greenhouse gas rules?
B) Dozed on the set of “Fox & Friends Weekend,” of which he is a co-host?
C) Stood by a Daily Caller story alleging that Sen. Robert Menendez had cavorted with prostitutes, even after the story was exposed as a fraud?
As of yesterday afternoon, these items from the more distant past now look like the golden age of Carlson’s Daily Caller. That’s because of the following scenario, reported by BuzzFeed: Carlson’s brother, occasional Daily Caller contributor Buckley Carlson, trashed the spokesperson for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an e-mail following a spat between that spokesperson — Amy Spitalnick — and Daily Caller staffers over a story on transportation funding. Spitalnick had protested as “appalling” the site’s response to her stern correction request.
Here are Buckley Carlson’s words:
Great response. Whiny little self-righteous b[—-]. “Appalling?”
And with such an ironic name, too… Spitalnick? Ironic because you just know she has extreme d[—]-fright; no chance has this girl ever had a pearl necklace. [Synonym for sperm]neck? I don’t think so. More like [unspeakable].
Eugene Meyer, who bought The Washington Post in 1933, stipulated that the newspaper “shall observe the decencies that are obligatory upon a private gentleman.” Surely he didn’t see the likes of Buckley Carlson coming — nor the difficulties faced by the Erik Wemple Blog in rendering re-publishable his misogynistic slop.
But this is only partially about Buckley Carlson. When asked by BuzzFeed to comment on his brother’s misogynistic slop, Tucker Carlson replied, “I just talked to my brother about his response, and he assures me he meant it in the nicest way.” Which amounts to an endorsement.