Perhaps a car ride is the ideal place to extract Tucker Carlson’s true feelings. The Daily Caller’s top editor went for a spin as part of the Real Clear Politics (RCP) feature “Changing Lanes” and held forth about last week’s e-mail flap with Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Credit Carlson for a newsman’s ability to abridge: In the ride-along, the Daily Caller topper recounted how his staffers got into a spat with Spitalnick over a story; she demanded a correction in a manner that offended Daily Caller staffers; Carlson sent her an e-mail taking issue with her manners; “bcc’d” his brother Buckley Carlson into the conversation; and then Buckley Carlson responded with perhaps the single most vile public journalism e-mail in the history of e-mail. The Washington Post-approved version:

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].

That response made it directly to Spitalnick and eventually to BuzzFeed. When asked about his brother’s comments, Tucker Carlson appeared to laugh off the matter: “I just talked to my brother about his response, and he assures me he meant it in the nicest way.”

In his RCP talk, Carlson said these things, among others:

  • He said, “We always correct it when we’re wrong — always.” Except, perhaps, for this uncorrected 2011 whopper about how the EPA is asking taxpayers to fund 230,000 additional employees.
  • He said Buckley Carlson was an “effervescent character.”
  • He said that BuzzFeed is “crap that kids like.” As opposed to the Daily Caller slideshow titled, “Here’s Michelle Obama With Other People’s Hair [SLIDESHOW].
  • He pledged allegiance to his family: “I get all these calls, most of which I ignored…will you denounce your brother? And I thought, you know what? If my brother committed mass murder, I would not criticize him in public.”

But he mostly chuckled about it all.