Sometimes I wonder why it feels like we live in two different countries within the same common borders. And then I’m watching a Tucker Carlson show on Fox News, and the totally nonsensical stuff starts to make a little sense.
Carlson, whose show ran for a full hour on Thursday night without commercial breaks so that its viewers would be less likely to switch channels to one of the many other stations televising the committee’s first January 6 public hearing, grabbed Ron, the coach of the Washington Commanders, to Rivera last night about the fine for defense coordinator Jack Del Rio.
Mediate.com has the clip. I decided to hold my nose and transcribe it.
“Jack Del Rio is a football coach, he’s a defense coordinator for the Washington Commanders, formerly known as the Redskins until for some reason that wasn’t acceptable,” Carlson said. “So a few days ago, Del Rio pointed out that nobody seems to be talking about the BLM riots anymore. Instead, they pretend to care about January 6th. Well, he was attacked for that, because at no level is one allowed to speak the truth. So he came back and said he stood by his comments. Here’s what he said.”
The show then rolled a short clip from Del Rio’s press conference on Wednesday. It starts with Del Rio saying he’s speaking respectfully. It ends with Del Rio saying, “What did I ask? A simple question. Why aren’t we investigating these things?”
Oddly enough (or not), the clip ended before the point where Del Rio dismissed the Jan. 6 riot as “dust on the Capitol.”
“Oh, he thought he had a right to express himself respectfully in the land of the free,” Carlson continued. “But it turns out no. A few hours ago, the Washington Commanders coach, a fascist idiot named Ron Rivera, announced that Jack Del Rio would not have the right to speak and would be fined $100,000 for doing so. Rivera began by claiming, quoting, “Life was lost on January 6th,” which is a lie.
“He then continued, quoting: ‘Our organization will not tolerate an equivalence between those who called for justice after the murder of George Floyd and the actions on January 6 of those who attempted to overthrow our government.’ If you can think of a line more filled with dishonesty and propaganda, text us and tell us what it is, because we can’t. I mean, that’s just Maoist. What he’s basically saying is, ‘Shut up. You can’t talk anymore. If you disagree with orthodoxy, you will be punished.’ This is an NFL team. And it happens everywhere.”
In summary, Carlson’s staff omitted any suggestion that Del Rio described the riot (or, as one of Carlson’s guests suggested Thursday night, an FBI plot to trap Donald Trump supporters) as a “riot.” designated. Carlson also called a respected two-time NFL Coach of the Year a “fascist idiot.” Finally, Carlson said it was a lie to say that lives were lost on January 6th.
And Carlson works for Fox News. Sister company of a major NFL broadcast partner. And yet the NFL, which frankly has no qualms about complaining about me to NBC whenever it sees fit, never says a word about Carlson.
Maybe the NFL is privately complaining about Carlson. If so, it is brazenly ignored. As evidenced by last night’s comments about Ron Rivera and the Commanders.
We’ll be reaching out to the league and team for comment on Carlson’s attack on Ron Rivera. Chances are, nobody has anything to say. And that’s unfortunate. At a time when not nearly enough people are telling the truth, those who speak out must be willing to stand up and be counted.