Sunday, January 14, 2007

Who the heck is Tucker Carlson and why is he so scared?

I don't watch much television anymore and when I do, I rarely feel like subjecting myself to the mealy mouthed mumblings of small screen pseudo-pundits, so I really had no idea who Tucker Carlson is and I could have happily lived my life without knowing. Sure I've heard the name, but I wouldn't have recognized him if he knocked me down on the street.

However, the hapless Tucker is apparently desperate enough for attention that he's willing to start a major imbroglio over a silly post on a blog that until a few days ago averaged 10 hits a day according to Chuckles, the proprietor of Freelance Genius.

One assumes Tuckie spends a inordinate amount of time googling himself to have even discovered the post and like any good petty bully immediately threatened the clerk with bodily harm and subsequently got Chuckles fired. The Tuckster denies this and further denies even having a lawyer. Is anybody supposed to believe that? You think he signed his last employment contract without having an attorney review it?

Joe Gandelman at TMV sees this a classic David and Goliath situtation. I'd have to agree. Tuckeroo's ridiculous contention that he felt threatened by the content of the post is absurd. The only threat was to his dignity, assuming he possesses any, which I tend to doubt.

Meanwhile, the usual wingnutians are all atwitter about the potential threat of frozen urine and waving the invasion of privacy flag. These being the same folks who thought publishing the address of a NYT photographer for doing her job when she photographed Cheney's house in Maryland -- with Cheney's permission -- was completely justified and reasonable. Never mind that the unfortunate woman received actual death threats as a result of their hysterics.

That being said, having worked in a law firm for 20 years, I do think Chuckles crossed the privacy line on the post only because he discussed opening the account as part of his employment. It would have been better had he not used Carlson's name and merely described him in some more anonymous manner that still would have let his readers know who it was. Still no one would have even noticed if Tuckster hadn't made a federal case out of it.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

they don't come much more obsolete than tucker. he's a beltway wise ass moderate republican. only joe lieberman would think he was funny or intersting.

2:52:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Is he moderate? The buzz is that he's a rabid wingnut. He sounds like a class A jerk in any event.

3:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tucker Carlson has reproduced himself 4 times? Aahhh! Stop him before he breeds again.

And using your family -- making it sound like this man's joke actually "threatened" him -- is truly sad.

When we throw "protecting the children" into every issue, it's like the bow-tied boy crying wolf. Protect your kids better, get a home security system, if you truly fear for your family after reading a mild mannered joke like this.

Libertarian indeed. Scared parent hiding behind his kids is more like it. What's next??

5:54:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Anon, Tucker is clearly desperate for press any way he can get it. I understand his ratings are horrible.

7:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when is Tucker Carlson a libertarian? There's no way I'll share that moniker with him and his stupid bow tie.

1:08:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Brownyn I'm not even sure he's human. I saw a picture of him yesterday and he looks sort of like an android to me.

1:29:00 PM  

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