Tucker Carlson has always been ignorant & nuts


His madness was exposed on Joe Rogan’s show — and Carlson made Rogan look intelligent, which is quite a feat.

The 3-hour conversation, which racked up 5 million views on Rogan’s Youtube channel in just 3 days, left many online baffled after Carlson claimed, among other things, that scientists had given up on the idea of evolution.

“It’s visible,” Rogan replied. “Like, you can measure it in certain animals.”

In response, Carlson alleged that adaptation could be measured but that the theory of evolution as articulated by scientist Charles Darwin was not true.

I have a lot of dogs, I see adaptation in dogs through… litter to litter. But no, there’s no evidence at all, none, zero, that people evolved seamlessly from a single cell amoeba, Carlson said. No, there’s not. There’s no chain in the fossil record of that at all.

While the transition from unicellular to multicellular lifeforms is still a murky field of inquiry [No. Also irrelevant. The evidence of common descent is crystal clear], some experiments and findings have affirmed the theory. In 2010, a study published in Nature by the biochemist Douglas Thomas found that the theory that all life comes from a shared genetic heritage with single-celled microorganisms, called the theory of universal common ancestry (UCA), is “millions of times more probable than any theory of multiple independent ancestries.”

Carlson went on to state that he had his own theories, which boiled down to the belief that God created people, distinctly, and animals.

I think that’s like what every person on Earth thought until the mid-19 century, actually, Carlson said before breaking into a deranged laugh.

Yeah, that deranged laugh. Look it up. It’s pure madness. And what he said was just wrong, errors compiled from straight-up creationist lies. One of the clues is that reference to single cell amoeba — only creationists claim we think humans are descended from an amoeba, which is a rather highly derived protist (which is also a polyphyletic group, but one that doesn’t include any animal ancestors).

But Carlson’s fallacies don’t stop there. He’s lately been touting psychic prophets.

Tucker Carlson clearly thinks highly of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, telling Joe Rogan that he believes he is a psychic prophet who predicted 9/11. (Note: Alex Jones did not predict 9/11.)

He’s channeling something, Carlson said. I’ve asked him about it. ‘How did you do that?’ At length, during dinner on my barn recently. We’re talking about this. ‘How’d you do that?’ ‘I don’t know. It just came to me.’ And that’s real. That is real. The supernatural is real and I don’t know why it’s hard for for the modern mind, I guess because it’s a materialist mind to accept that.

That’s not a new phenomenon. It’s happened throughout history. There are people called prophets, and there are people who were prophets who weren’t called prophets, but there are people who have information or parts of information, bits of information, visions of information come to them and then they relay it, Carlson said.

The man’s brain is broken. It’s probably been broken since the start of his bow-tied career, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the loss of his privileged position at Fox News has sent him into an ugly tailspin.

Comments

  1. bcw bcw says

    Carlson is only visible because he’s channeling all those frozen food millions from his mother.

  2. Walter Solomon says

    Didn’t Bret Easton Ellis write a book about this guy back in the 80s?

  3. raven says

    given up on the idea of evolution.

    What is ironic here is that we’ve been dealing with evolution in action since 2020, when the Covid-19 virus first appeared.

    Where did it come from?
    We don’t know exactly but it clearly made the jump from an animal host to humans.
    It has been evolving and adapting to us ever since.
    The Covid-19 virus evolves rapidly and has produced many progeny variants that can evade our vaccines and immune systems.

    Here is the latest variant, a whole two months old and already taking over.

    But now, an offshoot variant called KP.2 is taking off. The variant, which made up just one percent of cases in the United States in mid-March, now makes up over a quarter. KP.2 belongs to a subset of Covid variants that scientists have cheekily nicknamed “FLiRT,” drawn from the letters in the names of their mutations.

    About all that Tucker Carlson can show is that there isn’t a correlation between intelligence and inherited wealth.

  4. Pierce R. Butler says

    “… dinner on my barn …”??!?

    Sitting atop a galvanized steel roof, no doubt, chewing the finest Arizona dried alfalfa.

  5. tacitus says

    Tucker Carlson began his career as an establishment mainstream conservative opinion writer. Alex Jones began his career raging at the Moon and spewing purple-faced rants about conspiracy theories on Austin’s public access television.

    The fact that 30 years later they’re bosom buddies and two of the most influential right-wing opinion makers in America, and have the ear of a former and potentially future president just shows how far the right has fallen, and how much danger the country is in as a result.

  6. jrkrideau says

    So Carlson knows nothing about biology. I am not surprised.

    People who go on about things they don’t understand often make fools of themselves.

    I loved Spencer McDaniel’s discussion of Pinker’s “firm” grasp of history.

    [quote]
    “In other words, of the three people Pinker lists as having supposedly been burned alive by the Spanish Inquisition during the Middle Ages, only two of them were actually burned alive at all, only one of them was executed by an Inquisition, none of them were executed by the Spanish Inquisition, none of them were executed in the Middle Ages, and none of them were executed for the reason he gives. ”
    [/quote]

    Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature” Debunked
    Author: Spencer McDaniel
    https://talesoftimesforgotten.com/2020/07/24/steven-pinkers-the-better-angels-of-our-nature-debunked/

  7. birgerjohansson says

    If I was evil, I think I could do Tucker Carlson’s job. He made lots of $$$ without seriously engaging his brain.
    Of course, if he was genuinely smart he would not have placed himself in the crosshairs of a lawsuit big enough to shake Fox News.

    Marcus Ranum @ 8
    Jon Stewart is a great palate cleanser.

  8. raven says

    Donald Trump on Saturday praised fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter “as a wonderful man” before segueing into comments disparaging people who have immigrated into the US without permission.

    I don’t quite see the point here.

    Is Trump saying that we could solve our undocumented immigrant problem by…killing and eating them.

    This is highly not recommended.
    This is how Kuru started and almost wiped out the Fore people in New Guinea. Eating humans is known to result in prion type diseases.
    Something similar happened with feeding sheep to cows, i.e. Mad Cow disease.

    Hmmm, a prion disease could explain Trump’s recent cognitive difficulties.
    I’m not saying Trump ever ate people but then again…

  9. larpar says

    At least Tucker doesn’t believe that UFO nonsense…..oops.
    “Carlson told Rogan that he thinks UAPs are “spiritual entities” who have inhabited Earth for as long as humanity itself.
    “There’s a ton of evidence that they’re under the ocean and under the ground,” Carlson told Rogan’s listeners during the three-hour discussion between the two. “They’ve been here for a long time.”
    ‘They’re from here, and they’ve been here for thousands of years. Whatever they are,’ the conservative anchor reiterated.”
    I don’t know if it’s the same interview. I pulled those quotes from Jason Colavito’s blog.
    https://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog/tucker-carlson-doubles-down-on-supernatural-ufos-in-joe-rogan-appearance

  10. StevoR says

    @ ^ larpar : Crank magnetism strikes again..

    @3. Walter Solomon : “Didn’t Bret Easton Ellis write a book about this guy back in the 80s?”

    Hmm.. my quick googling finds that he was notoriously on Tucker’s show at least once but can’t seem to find a specific book he wrote about Tucker.. tho’ maybe an essay or two in one? :

    Your previous book, White, which was mainly about movies and novels, was widely discussed as though it were only about Donald Trump, not least in a hostile New Yorker Q&A. How did that feel?

    I think Trump really deranged mainstream media. Anyone who even came close to figuring out [his appeal] got deemed a traitor. The response perfectly illustrated what I was talking about and I can only be grateful: the book was kind of doing nothing and then the New Yorker thing appeared and suddenly we shot up to No 1 on about six different levels on Amazon. I got booked on Tucker Carlson, which sold a ton of books. Controversy helps!

    Source : https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/jan/14/bret-easton-ellis-james-and-the-giant-peach-changed-my-life-the-shards

    Plus :

    “The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast,” where he was airing the same views and much of the same language on a weekly basis, had gone largely unnoticed and uncritiqued for six years. But, as Ellis put it, “despite the reams of bad press the book and I were receiving from the mainstream media, it didn’t translate into lack of interest from audiences.” Some of those audiences, it became clear after Ellis went on Tucker Carlson’s show, were right-wing. “If you’re invited, believe me, go on Fox,” he said. “Fucking sell 5,000 books.” And the podcast persisted, with Ellis again shrugging at the libs and their hatred of his book, and keeping the formula largely unchanged.

    Source : https://www.thedriftmag.com/picking-up-the-shards/

    (Semi-payall – limited number of free articles allowed.)

    There’s his bibliography on his wikipage here too :

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bret_Easton_Ellis#Bibliography

    If that helps. (Ah, the American Pyscho author..)

  11. microraptor says

    timgueguen @9: While with previous FAUX personalities like Glen Beck and Bill O it always felt like they were aware of the grift, Tucker has always come across to me as being legitimately stupid enough to actually believe the things he’s saying.

    It certainly seems like he believes that the 2020 election was stolen.

  12. whywhywhy says

    I don’t think Tucker believes in much beyond how he can maintain his following.

  13. kome says

    Remember that as a college student, Tucker Carlson praised both the man who assassinated Harvey Milk and Jesse Helms.

    He’s always been an evil piece of shit.

  14. birgerjohansson says

    Ignorant, and…”an evil piece of shit.”

    So, the next generation MAGA politician.

  15. birgerjohansson says

    I think I have located Tuckers brothers that were accidentally switched at obstetrics.

  16. says

    I find it rather amusing that not only is Lecter a foreigner, but so is every single actor who has ever played him.

  17. says

    If Lecter continues to be a movie/TV character sooner or later someone will get pissed off because he\s played by an actor who isn’t sufficiently “white” by their standards.

  18. christoph says

    @timgueguen, #26: Far as I know, all the cannibalistic serial killers in recent memory have been white.

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