“Tucker is not just attempting to mainstream authoritarianism. He is, of course, playing divide and conquer for ratings.”— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) January 27, 2022
@Acosta on Fox’s Tucker Carlson continuing to push anti-Democratic, pro-Russian propaganda. #HoldOn pic.twitter.com/JJeb8B7T4N
.@Acosta has a message for the Murdochs: “You own Tucker’s program that’s putting our health care workers in peril, putting our hospitals in peril, putting all of us in peril. For ratings, for money — so these American oligarchs can keep pumping out bullsh*t into our homes.” pic.twitter.com/D6OYUXeATv— Mediaite (@Mediaite) January 27, 2022
Media: @ruthbenghiat to @Acosta #DemocracyInPeril: “What #Trump did, like strongmen in the past, is see an opening for a big tent for all the malcontents and extremists, and he allowed the @GOP to partner with him to realize this fantasy built on lies, a white Christian utopia.” pic.twitter.com/IksiWYbbHW— Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) January 27, 2022
Tucker Carlson is a demagogue in the purest authoritarian tradition. When the history of this debacle is written he and his paymasters the Murdochs will have an outsized role. Each word of his is poison, designed to create more hatred. https://t.co/zfuaxyMBnq— Ruth Ben-Ghiat (@ruthbenghiat) January 26, 2022
If Agent Nelson Van Alden from Boardwalk Empire had a show on CNN, it would be Jim Acosta’s “Democracy In Peril.”
“WASHINGTON — As President Biden tries to forge a united allied response to Russian aggression in Ukraine, unity on the home front is strained by a Republican Party torn between traditional hawks in the leadership and a wing still loyal to Donald J. Trump’s isolationist instincts and pro-Russian sentiment.
Republican leaders, by and large, have struck an aggressive posture, encouraging Mr. Biden to get tougher on Russia, through immediate sanctions on Russian energy exports and more lethal aid to Ukraine’s military. But that message has been undermined by the party’s far right, which has questioned why the United States would side with Ukraine at all, and has obliquely suggested with no evidence that the president is bolstering his son Hunter Biden’s business interests.
Driven by a steady diet of pro-Russian or anti-interventionist rhetoric from the Fox News host Tucker Carlson, the Republican right has become increasingly vocal in undercutting not only U.S. foreign policy but also the positions of the party’s leaders.
Just as significant, some said on Wednesday, is the silence from Republicans, who have refused to speak out against their fringe. …”
It is “far right” to oppose stupid interventions by the Washington foreign policy establishment in places that no one cares about like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, etc.