Tucker Carlson
American political commentator
Tucker Carlson
Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson is an American political news correspondent and libertarian conservative commentator for the Fox News Channel. He is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller. He is a senior fellow of the Cato Institute and formerly co-hosted CNN's Crossfire and MSNBC's Tucker.
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Tucker Carlson Brings Trans Guest On His Show, Immediately Insults Her
Huffington Post - 2 days
Fox News host Tucker Carlson invited a transgender woman onto his show Friday night ― and proceeded to insinuate that trans people are “faking” their identities to access federal funds. Lawyer Jillian Weiss, a transgender woman, appeared on the Friday edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss the Trump administration’s rescission of an Obama-era directive that ensured trans students could use the restroom corresponding with their gender identity in public schools. What she was met with instead were claims by Carlson that people could masquerade as transgender to get access to gender-specific restrooms, as well as insinuations that trans people are “faking” their gender identities to get access to the federal government’s “$11 billion [spent] every year on sex specific programs.”  “I believe, for whatever it’s worth, for and politeness and decency and I’m not making people uncomfortable, especially children, I have four,” Carlson said. “But I also believe in ...
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Help! I Think My Dog Is Supporting The Alt-Right
Huffington Post - 7 days
I’m saddened, but I can’t say I’m surprised. It was only a matter of time before someone in my own network found comfort in this despicable movement. I just didn’t think it would happen under my own roof. Or should I say “ruff”? That’s right, in case you missed that incredible joke, I’m referring to my dog, Rex. Allow me to explain. It all started a few weeks back. I started noticing some abnormal behavior. For instance, on our walks, Rex (who is a male purebred golden retriever) would start barking at the Black Labs and Irish Terriers on our street. Sure, I thought it was weird, but I didn’t say anything. Things grew stranger. One day I came home to find him peeing on the latest issue of The New York Times — a clear statement regarding his thoughts about free press. “THE PRESS IS IN PLACE TO PROTECT CITIZENS!” I screamed. The next day? I dropped him off at the groomer for an appointment. When I picked him up his hair was extremely short on the sides and long on top. I certa ...
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The Best Place For Democrats To Oppose Trump? Fox News.
Huffington Post - 12 days
Fox News hates talking points, especially in primetime, a dynamic I saw again live when Tucker Carlson had me by his new set last Tuesday night at the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau on Capitol Hill. The guest who impressed me was Eric Swalwell, Democratic congressman from California. His was a grueling fourteen-minute segment. It didn’t take long for Carlson to pivot from Judge Gorsuch’s decision on right-to-die, to abortion, one of the toughest debates on Fox News primetime. Swalwell ditched the talking points and did something Democrats on conservative media almost never do: he had a conversation. Granted, Tucker never let up on Swalwell. Like his time slot predecessor Megyn Kelly, Carlson bombarded his guest with hard-hitting questions. Sitting off-camera ten feet from the conversation, I kept tally marks for every question but lost track around fifty. When the fourteen minutes were up, did Swalwell win the segment? No, but he didn’t lose it either. The lesson was simp ...
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Why I Declined An Invitation To Appear On Fox News
Huffington Post - about 1 month
I don’t know Tucker Carlson personally. I have nothing against him, beyond my low opinion of his professional work-product. In fact, I suspect he and his team work diligently and tirelessly to produce his new program on the Fox News Channel, Tucker Carlson Tonight. So I do appreciate the program’s January 24th invitation to appear live on-air with Tucker and discuss whether or not U.S. journalists should continue to interview one of President Trump’s top advisors, Kellyanne Conway. Even so, I politely declined Tucker’s invitation. While I don’t subscribe to a blanket prohibition against appearing on Fox News, I do think that journalists should avoid, en masse, certain of the channel’s programs as a means of conditioning their hosts to do better than they have thus far at serving the general public. I realize that writing about declining an invitation to appear on television seems ungracious, perhaps even gauche. But I think Tucker will understand—in fact, given the format of ...
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Tucker confronts Dem boycotting Trump inauguration
Fox News - about 1 month
'Tucker Carlson Tonight' host takes newly-elected Pa. Democratic congressman Dwight Evans to task for opting not to attend Trump's inauguration because of controversies over John Lewis, ObamaCare and Russian hacking #Tucker
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Bow tie-free Tucker Carlson steps into prime time on Fox News Channel
LATimes - about 2 months
Conservative commentator Tucker Carlson has been a cable news talking head for 20 years. But he’s never been more popular than he is right now as his 2-month-old Fox News show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which on Monday moves into the 9 p.m. Eastern time period to replace NBC-bound Megyn Kelly.  After...
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'Tucker Carlson Tonight' moves to 9 pm ET!
Fox News - about 2 months
'Tucker Carlson Tonight' now at 9 pm ET
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'Tucker Carlson Tonight': Battling pomposity, at new time
Fox News - about 2 months
Tucker Carlson Tonight at new 9P ET time
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Tucker Carlson to Replace Megyn Kelly on Fox News
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
Fox News Channel says that veteran pundit Tucker Carlson will take Megyn Kelly’s place in the network's 9 p.m. anchor slot. Photo: Charles Dharapak/Associated Press
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After Megyn Kelly's Departure, Tucker Carlson Takes 9 P.M. Slot On Fox News
NPR - about 2 months
Carlson recently launched a new show at 7 p.m. ET on Fox; Martha MacCallum will be taking over that slot for the time being. Kelly is moving to NBC News. (Image credit: Rob Kim/Getty Images)
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Tucker Carlson: Julian Assange has no reason to lie
Fox News - about 2 months
Host of 'Tucker Carlson Tonight'
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Teen Vogue Writer Twists Knife After Taking Down Tucker Carlson
Huffington Post - 2 months
Tucker Carlson messed with the wrong person. The Fox News host was blasted by Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca on his show Friday, after challenging her over her tweets about Ivanka Trump. It did not go well for Carlson, who ended his segment with an egregiously sexist remark after the interview devolved. Carlson started by firing shots at Duca for tweeting that Ivanka Trump has “sinister complicity in aiding the most aggressively anti-woman candidate of our time.” Duca stood by her statement and parried his attacks by calling him out for interrupting. “You’re shouting over me every time I speak. It’s incredibly unprofessional,” she said. “You’re actually being a partisan hack who’s just attacking me ad nauseam and not even allowing me to speak.” Carlson moved to personal attacks, grinning and guffawing as he pointed to Duca’s other entertainment stories in an apparent attempt to devalue her as a political pundit. He didn’t win that battle either, and cut off h ...
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Tucker Carlson vs. actor Mike Farrell on 'unqualified' Trump
Fox News - 2 months
Tucker debates Mike Farrell on electors
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tucker Carlson
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 44
    He now wears long neckties on the air, and on the February 28, 2014, edition of The Alex Jones Show, while talking about his reasons for returning to wearing a long necktie, Carlson said that "if you wear a bow tie, it's like wearing a middle finger around your neck; you're just inviting scorn and ridicule... the number of people screaming the F-word at me... it wore me down after a while so I gave in and became conventional."
    More Details Hide Details His brother, Buckley, accidentally sent an email meant for Tucker to a spokeswoman for New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio, who had asked for corrections to a story, calling her a "whiny little self-righteous bitch" as well as making sexually derogatory remarks. Tucker did not distance himself from the comments, but wrote that Buckley "meant it in the nicest way." On August 14, 2006, the ABC television network announced that Carlson would be a participant in its fall 2006 Dancing with the Stars reality show. Carlson reportedly took four-hour-a-day ballroom dance classes in preparation for the competition, and mourned "missed classes" during an MSNBC assignment in Lebanon. "It's hard for me to remember the moves", he stated. Asked why he accepted ABC's invitation to perform, Carlson responded, "I'm not defending it as the smartest choice, but I think it's the most interesting. I think if you sat back and tried to plan my career, you might not choose this. But my only criterion is the interest level. I want to lead an interesting life." He concluded, "I'm 37. I've got four kids. I have a steady job. I don't do things that I'm not good at very often. I'm psyched to get to do that."
  • 2010
    Age 40
    On January 11, 2010, Carlson and former vice president Dick Cheney aide Neil Patel launched a political news website titled The Daily Caller.
    More Details Hide Details Carlson serves as editor in chief, and occasionally writes opinion pieces with Patel. The Daily Caller is in the White House rotating press pool. Its reporters have appeared on MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS, and radio stations across the country. Reporters and columnists for The Daily Caller include Matt Lewis, Alex Pappas, Jamie Weinstein, Will Rahn, Caroline May, Nicholas Ballasy, Vince Coglianese, Matt Labash, Jeff Poor, Alexis Levinson and Jim Treacher. In an interview with The Politico, Carlson said that The Daily Caller will not be tied to ideology but rather will be "breaking stories of importance". In a Washington Post article, Carlson added, "We're not enforcing any kind of ideological orthodoxy on anyone." Columnist Mickey Kaus quit after Carlson refused to run a column critical of Fox News's coverage of the immigration policy debate.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 39
    On February 23, 2009, Carlson was introduced as a senior fellow for the Cato Institute.
    More Details Hide Details Carlson was known for wearing bow ties. Sensing that this was part of his costume as a news entertainer, Jon Stewart pointedly raised the issue during the above-described 2004 Crossfire interview. "How old are you?" Stewart asked Carlson. "Thirty-five", he answered. "And you wear a bow tie", Stewart shot back. "So this is theater", he continued, while a momentarily flustered Carlson exclaimed "I know, I know, you're right." "The thing is", asserted Stewart, "you're doing theater when you should be doing debate." In 2005 on the season-five episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, "The Bowtie", a character refers to Larry David as "Tucker Carlson" for wearing one. In 2007 he appeared as himself in the episode "Manhattan Project" (Season 9, Episode 10) on the sitcom The King of Queens. On April 11, 2006, Carlson announced on his MSNBC show that he would no longer be wearing a bow-tie, adding, "I just decided I wanted to give my neck a break. A little change is good once in a while, and I feel better already."
  • 2008
    Age 38
    On September 2, 2008, Carlson participated in Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis, as the first speaker to introduce the rally and also acted as the MC by introducing nearly every guest speaker.
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  • 2007
    Age 37
    On July 24, 2007, Carlson said on his show, "I'm just for marriage generally.
    More Details Hide Details I'm for people making a lifelong commitment. Do you know what I mean? I'm not against gay marriage, actually, and I'm the most right-wing person I know." Carlson later went on to say, "I think, marriage has been a great thing for me, and I think it's a really civilizing force, and I think it would be a civilizing force for gay people too."
    On November 26, 2007, it was reported that Carlson lobbied Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof to support Paul's candidacy.
    More Details Hide Details Explained Carlson, "Dennis Hof is a good friend of mine, so when we got to Nevada, I decided to call him up and see if he wanted to come check this guy out."
    On May 3, 2007, Carlson interviewed Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and recalled voting for Paul in 1988 when he was running as the Libertarian Party presidential candidate.
    More Details Hide Details At the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference, Carlson was booed for saying that the journalists at The New York Times care about accuracy.
  • 2006
    Age 36
    In July 2006, he reported live for Tucker from Haifa, Israel, during the 2006 Lebanon War between Israel and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.
    More Details Hide Details While in the Middle East, he also hosted MSNBC Special Report: Mideast Crisis. He appeared regularly on Verdict with Dan Abrams as a panelist in political discussions. In May 2009 it was announced that Carlson was hired as a Fox News contributor. Since then, he has been a frequent guest panelist on Fox's late-night satire show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, made frequent appearances on the All-Star Panel segment of Special Report with Bret Baier, been a substitute host of Hannity in Sean Hannity's absence, and produced a Fox News special titled "Fighting for Our Children's Minds". In March 2013 it was announced that Carlson was tapped to co-host the weekend editions of Fox & Friends. Beginning in April, Carlson, a Fox News contributor and frequent guest host on the program, officially joined co-hosts Alisyn Camerota and Clayton Morris on Saturday and Sunday mornings. He replaced Dave Briggs, who left the news channel to join the NBC Sports Network on New Years 2013.
    Carlson had also hosted a late afternoon weekday wrap-up for MSNBC during the 2006 Winter Olympics, during which he attempted to learn how to play various Olympic sports.
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  • 2005
    Age 35
    Carlson's early evening show, Tucker, premiered June 13, 2005, on MSNBC (originally titled The Situation With Tucker Carlson).
    More Details Hide Details The show lasted fewer than three seasons; the network announced its cancellation due to low ratings on March 10, 2008. The final episode aired on March 14, 2008. Brian Stelter of the New York Times noted that "during Mr. Carlson's tenure, MSNBC's evening programming moved gradually to the left. His former time slots, 6 and 9 p.m., were then occupied by two liberals, Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow." Carlson stated that the network had changed a lot and "they didn't have a role for me."
    CNN chief Jonathan Klein told Carlson on January 4, 2005, that the network had decided not to renew his contract.
    More Details Hide Details Carlson has said that he had already resigned from CNN and Crossfire long before Stewart was booked as a guest, telling host Patricia Duff: "I resigned from Crossfire in April, many months before Jon Stewart came on our show, because I didn't like the partisanship, and I thought in some ways it was kind of a pointless conversation... each side coming out, you know, 'Here's my argument', and no one listening to anyone else. CNN was a frustrating place to work."
    In January 2005, CNN announced they were ending their relationship with Carlson and would soon cancel Crossfire.
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  • 2004
    Age 34
    One of Carlson's most memorable appearances on Crossfire was his October 2004 heated exchange with Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, prior to the 2004 presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details After their televised confrontation, Carlson recalls, Stewart "stayed at CNN several hours after the show to discuss the issues that he raised on the air... He Stewart needed to do this."
  • 2000
    Age 30
    Carlson's definitions of conservative views often conflict with the mainstream opinion, being called "insufficiently conservative". This first began following Carlson's public and private endorsement of 2000 presidential candidate John McCain.
    More Details Hide Details Speaking to Salon.com, Carlson responded: I liked McCain. And I would have voted for McCain for president happily, not because I agree with his politics; I never took McCain's politics seriously enough even to have strong feelings about them. I don't think McCain has very strong politics. He's interested in ideas almost as little as George W. Bush is. McCain isn't intellectual, and doesn't have a strong ideology at all. He's wound up sort of as a liberal Republican because he's mad at other Republicans, not because he's a liberal. Carlson has stated that former U.S. president George W. Bush is not a true conservative. In an August 27, 2004, Washington Post interview, Carlson expressed his "displeasure with Bush". Carlson asked: "Why do so many antiwar liberals give Kerry a pass when he adopts the Bush view on Iraq, as he has? The amount of team-playing on the left depresses me." Carlson did not vote in the 2004 election, citing his disgust with the Iraq War and his disillusionment with the once small-government Republican Party. He would go on to say:
    Carlson got his television start in 2000 as co-host of The Spin Room opposite Bill Press.
    More Details Hide Details He later was appointed co-host of Crossfire, where he represented the political right. During the same period, Carlson also hosted a weekly public affairs program on PBS, Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on May 16, 1969.
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