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Michael Novakhov’s favorite articles on Inoreader: Opinion | Tucker Carlson Was Both More and Less Important Than You Think


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To understand the importance and unimportance of Tucker Carlson, it’s necessary to rewind the clock all the way back to the period just after Donald Trump won the 2016 election. It’s easy to forget now that Trumpism is so well known and understood, but many conservatives didn’t quite know what the Trump years would bring. We knew who Donald Trump was, but we didn’t know what Trumpism would be.

With all due apologies to the Book of Genesis, Trumpism was “without form and void.” We knew Trump was more populist, more dishonest and more cruel than the typical Republican. But we did not know whether the G.O.P. would become more like the man or if the man would become more like the G.O.P.

Carlson was a key in answering the question; he helped drive the G.O.P. to be just as cruel, just as dishonest and sometimes even more populist than Donald Trump himself.

Initially, there were good reasons for confusion about Trump and the G.O.P. During the campaign, he was all over the map ideologically. He repeatedly stated his support for universal health care, before decisively backtracking. In a 2016 Republican debate he declared that Planned Parenthood does “wonderful things having to do with women’s health,” a position that was anathema to an anti-abortion party. His foreign policy statements were often both irrational and fantastical. At one point, for example, he articulated an anti-ISIS strategy that was little more than “bomb the [expletive]” out of the terrorist group and then send in Exxon to rebuild. No, really.

And if personnel is policy, then it was difficult to define his early administration as well. He began with populist stalwarts like Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Michael Flynn in key administration positions, but he also brought in establishment figures such as Reince Priebus, James Mattis, Elaine Chao and Rex Tillerson.

Moreover, many of his early moves were straight out of the standard Republican playbook. The only truly significant piece of legislation he signed in his entire presidency was the Paul Ryan-designed tax cut in late 2017. That year he also nominated for the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch, a respected jurist who would have been on the short list for any Republican president.

When Trump was elected, friends and colleagues told me that his populism could be moderated and his cruelty and dishonesty were aberrations. A plurality in G.O.P. primaries had foisted him on the party, and Republicans consolidated during the general election not because of love for him but because of opposition to Hillary Clinton. Trump could be contained. He could be channeled. His political appointees would keep him sane.

It was not to be, and not just because of the sheer force of Trump’s personality. Carlson played an important role. Before Trump, Carlson was a longtime fixture on cable news. He’d been around both conservative and mainstream media for a very long time, and hardly anyone considered him a populist, much less a Trumpist.

He was known, however, as an opportunist. And for enterprising and dishonest members of the infotainment right, the Trump era was a cornucopia of opportunity. Trump’s ideological incoherence wasn’t a problem. It was a vacuum that could be filled with ideas that identified and fed his resentments.

In fact, Trumpism was never truly about ideas. It was a vague amalgam of Trump’s ethics, attitudes and grievances — and Carlson imitated them, adopted them and broadcast them to his millions of viewers. Carlson put the lie to the idea that Trump’s cruelty was an aberration, that it was somehow alien to the Republican character, to be tolerated only because the greater good of defeating Clinton had demanded it. In Trump’s cruelty, there was again, opportunity. There were millions who would thrill to his most crude and personal attacks.

On Tucker’s program truth was optional, insults were mandatory, and racism was all but explicit. The narrative was consistent: “They” were after “you.” “They” were lying to “you.” And “they” were terrible, horrible people.

I have firsthand experience with Tucker’s tactics. To take just one example, in a 2021 broadcast he took aim at me for supporting the Biden administration’s decision to launch retaliatory airstrikes against an Iranian-backed militia that had attacked and killed a Filipino contractor and wounded five Americans. He contrasted my support for Biden’s attack on Iranian militias with my opposition to Trump-ordered strikes on Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.

Carlson conflated an attack on a nation that had not attacked the U.S. with an attack on militias that had, and he included this personal attack: “War makes David French feel powerful and alive, one of the few things that does. But only when the right people wage it.” I share that anecdote not because it’s particularly egregious but rather because it’s typical of both Trump and Tucker: invent a partisan grievance, mislead the audience and cap off the conversation with a direct insult.

But Tucker’s influence went beyond substance and style. He gave a platform to a number of the Trump right’s most notorious and most fringe voices. If Trump could create a constellation of right-wing stars, so could Carlson. He helped mold the G.O.P. in his race-obsessed, conspiracy-addled image, helped perpetuate a culture of cruel and punitive Republican communication and helped build an infrastructure of new-right voices who copy his substance and style.

If all that is true, then what could possibly be unimportant about Carlson? The fact is that at the end of the day, he was not bigger than Fox. The secret of Tucker’s fame is that it was always rooted far more in his Fox News time slot than in his (or his ideas’) inherent appeal. His influence, while profound, was contingent and ephemeral, dependent on his access to an audience he did not create and that is not loyal primarily to him.

Let’s place his fame in perspective. He was the top-rated host at Fox, but he didn’t host the top-rated show. In 2022 that honor belonged to “The Five.” The Fox hosts Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld could both claim more total nightly viewers than Carlson between “The Five” and their own shows.

And while Carlson’s ratings were impressive, they were comparable to those of his predecessor Bill O’Reilly. Which raises the question: To what extent was Tucker popular and influential because of his distinct voice, and to what extent was it because he occupied the most coveted time slot on the most popular cable news channel in the United States?

We shall soon see, but I strongly suspect we know the answer. Tucker Carlson isn’t a cultural and political juggernaut. Fox News is. I’ve written before about the network’s singular place in the culture of red America. Without the power of Fox, Carlson’s ability to influence the right will likely be permanently diminished. Indeed, if the experiences of the former Fox superstars Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck teach us anything, it’s how fast influence can fade once one is separated from Fox News.

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●  The Russian MoD said the peacekeepers are negotiating with the Azerbaijani side over installing a checkpoint near the Khakari bridge.

● Armenia will appeal to the International Court of Justice over Baku’s installation of a checkpoint in the Lachin corridor. This action violates the court’s decision to unblock the road, which has not been implemented for 2 months now, said Armenia’s international legal affairs representative Yeghishe Kirakosyan.

● The Kremlin has commented on the escalating Lachin corridor situation: We are working with both Yerevan and Baku; the situation is indeed difficult, and it requires additional efforts.

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● The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has announced the suspension of the examination of Armenia’s main claim against Azerbaijan before the International Court of Justice. On 21 April, the Azerbaijani side officially submitted to the court its initial objections to the claim brought by Armenia against Azerbaijan under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. “Due to Azerbaijan’s initial objections, the court has suspended the examination of Armenia’s main claim,” the office said.

●”Alain Simonyan’s statement is not conducive to peace and well-being in the region.” This is how the Azerbaijani parliament reacted to the Armenian parliament speaker’s words on the unacceptability of the checkpoint on the Lachin-Khankendi road. “This is yet another attempt to interfere in Azerbaijan’s internal affairs,” the MPs stressed.

● The heads of the defence ministries of Azerbaijan and Georgia have signed a cooperation agreement in Baku. Prior to this, Juansher Burchuladze met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. Azerbaijani media described the Georgian defence minister’s visit as “unexpected”.

● All tickets for the Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix are sold out. The event will be attended by a record number of fans from more than 100 different countries around the world, according to the organisers of the “royal race” which will be held in Baku on 28-30 April.

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● Armenians around the world today commemorate the 108th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The crime committed in 1915 by the Ottoman Empire against Armenians was the first genocide of the 20th century. People will lay flowers at the eternal flame.

● Overnight, thousands of people held a traditional torchlight procession to commemorate the victims of the Genocide. They burned the flags of Turkey and Azerbaijan. Baku has condemned this action.

● The Azerbaijani side set up a checkpoint at the Hakari bridge in the Lachin corridor. “This undermines efforts to build confidence in the peace process,” said State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel.

● Armenia’s Foreign Ministry urged Russia to make efforts to unblock the Lachin corridor, which finally closed today following Baku’s actions at the Khakari Bridge.

● Armenia’s MMO has confirmed the death of a soldier shot by an Azerbaijani sniper. The deceased is Artem Arsenovich Poghosyan.

24 Apr 08:50

● The Azerbaijani State Border Guard Service has reported the installation of a checkpoint on the border with Armenia, at the entrance to the Lachin road. “The command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent and the Joint Turkish-Russian Monitoring Centre have been informed about it,” the agency said.

● Azerbaijan’s installation of the checkpoint on its sovereign territory complies with all the principles and norms of international law. The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said. “There are adequate conditions for the transparent, safe and orderly passage of Armenian residents of the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan in both directions,” the ministry said.

● Baku has condemned the burning of Azerbaijani and Turkish flags in Yerevan. The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry urged the Armenian government “to take urgent measures to prevent such hate crimes as well as xenophobic acts.”

● On the night of Monday, 24 April, Baku blocked all roads in the city centre, which are used as a Formula One track. Authorities are urging citizens to reach the city centre by public transport. The blocked roads will not open until the morning of 2 May. The “Royal Races” will be held in Baku on 28-30 April.

24 Apr 08:50

● Georgian citizens in Sudan have been moved to a safe house from where they will be evacuated, according to the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

● Patriarch Ilia II’s health condition has deteriorated, local media reports. However, his personal doctor claims that “he does not need emergency treatment, his health condition is satisfactory.”

● Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili accused the opposition of “not even realising their responsibility before the Georgian people and their own country, not understanding how unpatriotic it is to base their political agenda on imported topics. The Speaker is referring to the US sanctions against four Georgian judges for corruption.

● The foreign ministers of Georgia and Italy signed a declaration to establish high-level dialogue between the two countries.

● Deputy Health Minister Tamar Gabunia commented on how the parents of children diagnosed with achondroplasia are prematurely demanding help to buy expensive medication. A group of parents have been leading a 24-hour protest outside the government house in Tbilisi for the fifth day. “The medicine vosoritide is an early-stage drug, and the World Health Organisation has no standard guidelines on this. More time is needed to determine the stages of its introduction in the country.” Only 16 children in Georgia have been diagnosed with achondroplasia, read more about it here

● “Mikhail Saakashvili is very weak, I am afraid he will fall and not get up, he also forgets words”: Julie Alasania, mother of Saakashvili.

● Several Georgian judges went to the US for a training programme. But four others refused in a show of support for the four judges against whom the US has imposed sanctions for corruption.

● At the European Weightlifting Championships in Yerevan, Lasha Talakhadze became the European champion for the seventh time.  (photo by Reuters).

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