The Watering Hole – Saturday June 16, 2012 “Tucker Knows Better”

Earlier in the week, a reporter named Neil Munro, who works for Tucker Carlson’s virtual fish wrapper, The Daily Caller, interrupted President Obama as he was delivering prepared remarks in the Rose Garden.

Tucker Carlson, in his ever-increasing desire to be labeled history’s biggest dick, defended the reporter’s behavior saying, “What’s wrong with asking the president a question?” Nothing. In fact it’s a perfectly legitimate expression of our First Amendment rights. Except that there is a time and a place for such questions, and during the president’s prepared remarks is not one of them. And as Shep Smith of Fox News Channel said of his colleague, “Tucker knows better.” And yet Tucker sees nothing wrong with it. Why does anyone pretend Tucker Carlson matters anymore?

This is our Open Thread.  You don’t have to complain about Tucker Carlson, but I won’t stop you if you do.

48 thoughts on “The Watering Hole – Saturday June 16, 2012 “Tucker Knows Better”

  1. 16 June is Bloomsday. (named in honor of Leopold Bloom – whose creator was also a poet)

    The Moon’s soft golden meshes make
    All night a veil;
    The shore-lamps in the sleeping lake
    Laburnum tendrils trail.

    The sly reeds whisper in the night
    A name–her name,
    And all my soul is a delight,
    A swoon of shame.

    James Joyce

    U2 – Breathe

  2. Munro is classless and clueless. Must be something in the Repubs playbook about disrupting/interrupting the Black man in the White House. (recall Joe “Liar” Wilson blurting out his stupidity for all to hear)

    • An Alito mouthing “not true” regarding Obama’s comments at State of the Union regarding Citizens United.

  3. Here’s part of Cenk’s interview with Economist Joseph Stiglitz from last night.

  4. Persons who aggressively ask a lot of questions usually have an agenda.
    It’s a “control drama”, an often unconscious mechanism by which the person attempts to get the upper hand in a situation.
    I met one yesterday, the front desk information (“Information is my Business!”) officer in my new workplace.
    Being the new kid, naturally everyone wants to know where I’m at and/or coming from.
    That’s all well and fine, but when some questions are obvious bait to find out my social status, political leanings, sexual preferences, habits (in particular any bad ones) and what I eat for breakfast; I’ve learned to half smile and bring the topic of conversation back to the business at hand.
    Or at least try.
    The gentleman yesterday appears defensive: Of his career (entirely in the same location), his impending retirement, his grandchildren, the Latin names for every tree and plant in the forest, his property which he got in a foreclosure sale (“A real steal!”) and all the guns and ammo he has stocked up.
    Underneath all the chatty neo-con bluster is the theme of “I got mine, so close the gate and keep out!”

    I got some information for you pal…

    “no matter where you go, there you are…”
    -Bilbo Baggins


    • I bet everybody is looking forward to his retirement. Sounds like he’s not your first asshole the way you handled him.

      • The others present didn’t overtly roll their eyes, but I could tell they had heard it all before, too many times.

        No, not the first, and hopefully not the last… entertainment value…

  5. I called it as soon as I first heard the story. Cucker Farlson is going to spend the rest of the year whining about his “1st Amendment rights”. The whole incident was a setup with that goal in mind.

    • Until I read about him here yesterday, I had no idea that Carlson was even still alive, much less still asshole active. I love not having cable! Am surprised, though, that the Repugs haven’t introduced legislation mandating everyone subscribe to at least Fox News!

  6. Tucker Carlson hasn’t mattered much since Jon Stewart, a comedian, took him down a few pegs on his own show.

    • I remember it well. It spelled the end of Crossfire. They invited Jon Stewart on to discuss politics, and then wanted him to tell jokes. Jon said, “No, I’m not going to be your monkey.” Then he begged them to “please, please, please, stop hurting America” with their two angry sides shouting at each other format. Then he told Tucker Carlson, as they were going to commercial, “Wow, you’re an even bigger dick in person.” Then Crossfire got canceled about one week alter. Thank you, Jon Stewart.

  7. In other news… that guy that got shot who was writing a book on the Kindness of America? Yeah. He just admitted that he shot himself.

  8. QOTD:

    “Never once did I interrupt a president in any way while he was making a formal statement, a speech, honoring awardees or in any other way holding the floor. Yes, almost always when he was finished in the Rose Garden or in the Briefing Room or at a photo opportunity with other world leaders I tried to question him (only rarely was it a shout on the rope line, more often a more normal tone of voice) and other reporters of course did the same thing along with me.

    What this man did yesterday is something new, to me wrong and unusual. I think it is probably the result of the growing incivility of the times, the competition among reporters and news organizations to be noticed not only for the work product but for the theatrics of the gathering…and there is one more factor, let’s face it: Many on the political right believe this president ought not to be there – they oppose him not for his polices and political view but for who he is, an African American! These people and perhaps even certain news organizations (certainly the right wing talkers like Limbaugh) encourage disrespect for this president. That is both regrettable and adds, in this case, to the general dislike of the press on the part of the general public.

    For Tucker Carlson to say that he would if he can give this man a raise for this rude attempt to interrupt the president is reflective of what I’ve said above and, to me, lowers my opinion of Tucker.”
    — Sam Donaldson, former ABC news correspondent in an email to Huffington Post responding to Tucker Carlson comparing his reporter Neil Munro to Donaldson.

  9. (via LGF. Vid of NZ South Island – beautifully done)
    Let’s see if vimeo pops up like a YouTube vid does:

  10. Gotta wonder if Carlson’s middle name is Irrelevant.
    Munro needs to fold his tiny dick up and shove it up his ass.

    • He and Bachmann have the same line of “thinking”.
      Wondering if it has anything to do with attending Oral Roberts U.

    • Barton:

      You look at Article II, the quote on the President [having] to be native-born–that is Deuteronomy 17:15, verbatim.

      Deuteronomy 17:15:

      Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.

      Ummmmmmm …


      Look at Article III, Section 1, the treason clause–direct quote out of the Bible.

      Article III, Section 1:

      The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

      I think I’m getting it: Barton’s nuts.

    • I was unable to listen to the entire video due to the combination of this shitty E machine with an AMD processor, a DSL connection and Huff Post’s stupid website demands on my machine’s capabilities. Is this guy saying “Things need to get worse before they get better”?

      • ‘Is this guy saying “Things need to get worse before they get better”?’

        I think that’s the crux of his crock.

      • Things usually do get worse before they get better, but just how much worse would this bozo have them get? Shit is pretty bad out here! I expect you know that…

        • At this point, I could stand the Republicans continuing to overreach and the 99% to see them in their true colors. We could survive that, but it would be like the dust bowl days.

          BUT, I doubt America will survive if any more corporate judges are appointed to the SCOTUS.

          • I’m pretty sure this guys isn’t the only law professor President Obama had. What is wrong with HuffPo? Did they look for any others?

    • Why didn’t it tell me I had a new message. Freakin’ Facebook. And why did I know that IPO of FB would be a failure and experts didn’t? I think it’s all suspicious.

  11. Do things have to get worse before they get better?

    Probably. The vast majority of the U.S. is complacent, because things haven’t gotten bad enough for them personally. Then, too, they are following the Conservative line like sheep – because when times get tough, people look to authoritarians to tell them what to do. It’s only when they wake up and realize they have followed their leaders off a cliff do things begin to turn around.

    Remember, years ago, when I wrote I have already seen the entire eastern seaboard of the U.S. in flames? If what I have seen comes true, we face massive uprisings, followed by a global winter – a near extinction event. Those of us who will have survived have learned … no longer is it about individual wealth but collective…appreciation…for … living.

    and I will still be there, several hundreds of years from now…still teaching…


  12. An uncomfortable (97˚) day turned into a very warm, fragrance-filled evening.
    Heliotrope, flowering jasmine and the last of the Jacarandas all filling the air as we walked about looking for and finding the juvenile peregrines.
    The four falcons dart through the air, play tag with each other and attempt to knock the sibling(s) off the top of a redwood tree or the roof of City Hall. It’s a wonder to behold them practicing being peregrines. In a few short weeks they’ll start leaving for places far beyond our city limits, each, seeking to establish their own territory.
    The bonus: an elegant sunset: the wisps of clouds reflecting the oranges, reds, and a tinge of mauve.
    A grand PT (peregrine therapy) session with friends of falcons and falcon friends!
    Mother Nature does provide so much beauty that feeds the spirit/soul!

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