In his Tom Woods Letter, Tom Woods highlights the revelations of Tucker Carlson, who has spent his entire life in the media, that the media itself is part of the control apparatus in America. Woods writes:
I just heard an excerpt from something called the Full Send Podcast, in which the guest was Tucker Carlson.
He sure seems to be figuring things out.
It is one of the purposes of the media to cultivate a range of allowable opinion that is safe for the existing regime. Anything outside that range is by definition “extremist,” “bigoted,” etc.
For instance, you can favor whatever crazed military intervention the uniparty engages in, no matter how transparently self-serving the alleged rationale, no matter how many millions of people are killed or displaced, and that is not extremist at all. No problemo. Why, if Mitt Romney and Chuck Schumer both favor it, it must be wonderful!
But if you think there might be something wrong with this, that there’s something weird or sinister about the bipartisan apparatus that supports this crap, or the propaganda that tricks poorly read conservatives into thinking that cheering for the empire is the patriotic thing to do, then you are the extremist, dear reader.
If you think adults ought to be able to discuss important issues without being silenced by self-appointed experts who can’t seem to get their own story straight, then you are the extremist.
Anyway, it’s encouraging to see a person with a huge audience figuring this out.
“I’ve spent my whole life in the media,” said Carlson. “My dad was in the media. That is a big part of the revelation that’s changed my life: the media are part of the control apparatus.”
“Not only are they part of the problem,” he continued, “but I spent most of my life being part of the problem, defending the Iraq war. I actually did that…. I’ve had a million regrets not being more skeptical, calling people names when I should have listened to what they were saying…. For too long I participated in the culture where I was like, anyone who thinks outside these pre-prescribed lanes is crazy, is a conspiracy theorist [emphasis added]. And I just really regret that.
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