On Friday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson criticized the media for its preoccupation with identity politics and its branding of former White House advisor Steve Bannon as a racist.
“A senior White House advisor Steve Bannon got canned today after losing an internal power struggle that had been raging for months,” Carlson said. “Like his now former boss, Bannon was a mercurial figure in a business that prizes predictability. To steal cliches from a hundred different cop movies, he was a loose cannon who didn’t play by the rules. Bannon fanned fruitless controversy with unwise remarks, he specialized in making enemies. The White House will be a much more placid place now that he is gone. The question is, will it be a better place?”
“Let’s put it this way,” he continued, “Bannon was one of the relatively few senior staff in the white house who wouldn’t feel at home in a Hillary Clinton administration. Indeed, he was one of the rare republicans there and the only, or one of the very few, populist conservatives.”
“That’s strange,” Carlson highlighted, “since populist conservatism is the platform his boss ran on. Like Trump the candidate, Bannon was willing to criticize big Republican donors in their ideological stranglehold on a corrupt GOP establishment. He was able to break with orthodoxy in big and dramatic ways, calling for higher taxes on the investor class, better infrastructure, fewer pointless wars around the world, and more.”
“Bannon understood that the country’s greatest crisis isn’t Robert E. Lee statues but the steady economic and moral decline of its once robust middle-class,” he added. “Not surprisingly, traders on Wall Street cheered when he got fired this afternoon. The Dow shut up 100 points on the news. Lobbyists in Washington will be celebrating late into the night.”
“The funny thing is, that in some important ways, Steve Bannon was more traditionally liberal than the liberals who spent the last year shrieking for his head,” Carlson said. “Not that you would know that from the coverage, everything is identity politics now, so his ideological opponents attacked Bannon from the very beginning as a bigot.”
“It was always a ludicrous charge,” he contended. “Bannon is a flawed guy, but not in that way. Just yesterday he called white nationalists ‘buffoons and losers.’ It’s not Steve Bannon who is obsessed with race and identity, it’s the activist left and the morons who do their bidding in the media.”
First reported by TheBlaze.