The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

23 November 2006

Tucker Carlson, MSNBC Layoffs, Conservatives


Ratings- Challenged Carlson Survives T-Week Sackings

That bird pardoned at
the White House wasn't the only Thanksgiving turkey spared yesterday: our old friend Tucker Carlson has once again defied the odds at MSNBC.

Despite his continued inability to build a substantial following, the ratings- challenged cable talker has again survived a wave of NBC cuts. This time, even his own staff has been sent packing, but the faux conservative just seems untouchable.

For some time, we've argued that Carlson serves as the mainstream media's useful "right- wing" idiot, for two reasons: he's both a token conservative and an easy lefty punching bag, especially when he makes particularly stupid comments.

Given the purpose Tucker serves, there's no doubt in the world the liberal MSNBC network would never resort to hiring a real conservative for the ever- floundering cable news and talk channel.

From TV Newser:

First on TVNewser: Staffers on MSNBC's Tucker are facing layoffs as production responsibilites are consolidated with the cable net's other afternoon production teams.

However, Tucker Carlson isn't losing his show. "We have found some efficiencies in how we staff our late afternoon programs," a spokesperson says. "Tucker will continue to host our 4 and 6pm hours, where he's achieving impressive growth in our audience."

The affected staffers were informed yesterday, a tipster says. They are being encouraged to consider other opportunities.

Funny enough, from looking at these ratings, he appears to have the same tiny audience previously achieved in the late night hours.

And here, Carlson himself makes light of the massive cuts that have nearly everyone other than him running for cover:

As long as Tucker serves the MSM's purposes, expect him to survive even the harshest storms this season of network cutbacks can bring.

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  • He's relatively harmless, in the overall scheme of things.

    In a perfect world, he'd be provided with a mentor to set him straight.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 23 November, 2006 11:07  

  • when he goes on bubbathe love sponge. brent usually sets him straight

    By Blogger nandgtrucking, at 24 November, 2006 08:06  

  • If you ask me, Savage could take that empty suit by his bowtie and STRANGLE him. Carlson is as much a conservative as Paris Hilton is a singer--FAKE ALL THE WAY THROUGH!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 24 November, 2006 08:34  

  • Carlson's performance against the CAIR spokesman was pretty darn good, I must say. And consider this a manual trackback to 2006 Turkey-of-the-Year awards including some other MSDNC personalities.

    By Blogger directorblue, at 24 November, 2006 09:32  

  • Given the purpose Tucker serves, there's no doubt in the world the liberal MSNBC network would never resort to hiring a real conservative for the ever- floundering cable news and talk channel.

    Real conservative? There is not a "real conservative" on television or radio for that matter. Savage?? Not a conservative, a BIGOT, ignorant of even basic American principles and history or chooses to act ignorant on the airwaves. He is another "personality" much like a wrestler. Does he believe "the purple hand of gay is going to take over the whole country or "liberals and gays are the same, thy are like drug addicts"?? If he believes these ideas, he is an INSANE zealot, who should not be walking the streets, let alone have powerfull broadcast time. If he does not believe these ideas, he is a fraud with no credibility. So what real conservative in the media is there? Limbaugh, Hannity are RNC paid hacks. Coulter, Malkin Savage and Oriley are over the top personalities, not credible thinkers. Beck is a garden variety bigot, who won a contest to get a talk show!!! What credible "right winger" is there???

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 24 November, 2006 14:29  

  • Savage supports terror organizations that appear on the U.S. State Department watch list, has ties to religious-Zionist fundamentalist organizations like Chabad, and only goes to show how fringe-element the failed political philosophy formerly known as conservatism has become.

    And we see, by their deeds and their bloodlust, just how far the cancer has spread....

    We must excise it.

    Quickly, before they turn America into a smoking ruin.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 24 November, 2006 14:57  

  • Conservatism has morphed into some perverted ideology. Just ask George Will.

    Just like liberalism has redefined itself as progressivism, I think it is time for the word conservatism to be retired.

    I suggest something life haggartism or regressivism.

    By Blogger none, at 24 November, 2006 17:39  

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