Friday, September 22, 2006

Media Matters mad over Tucker Carlon's praise for "Help Mom"

Max Blumenthal, Eric Alterman, and their fellow Clintonistas over at Media Matters just made a feeble swipe at Tucker Carlson for his past praise of Katharine DeBrecht's Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed. Carlson told the author of the kids book Why Mommy is a Democrat that "kids ought to be immune from politics." Evidently that's a flip-flop because in 2005 Tucker told DeBrecht that he hoped her book sells well.

The problem with Media Mutterers' lame attempt at Gotcha! is that Carlson's complete quote undermines their allegation of hypocrisy:

Katherine DeBrecht, I can't stand politics in children's books. And I thought I wasn't going to like it, but actually it's a clever book, I have to say. Thanks a lot for coming on. I hope it sells. (Emphasis added for benefit of vision-impaired Clintonistas.)

So Carlson is consistent in his view that kids shouldn't be exposed to politics, but he admits that DeBrecht's clever book won him over. What's the matter with that? (Interested readers can check out this prior post for some context on the issue of politics and children's books.)

P.S. To the folks at MM, while I understand you've all sworn your allegiance to Darth Hillary, this is just silly. If you've got a bone to pick with Tucker Carlson, it ought to be for this lapse in judgment.


  • Oh, come on Eric. MM published Tucker's entire statement from the DeBrecht interview, so they obviously weren't trying to hide anything he said. But surely even a conservative can notice the contradiction when he says, of the liberal book, "it's always and everywhere wrong and creepy and should be obviously a bad thing to do to impose your politics on children. Doesn't matter what your politics happen to be..." while saying of the conservative book, "I hope it sells." Tucker is saying "I hope it sells" about a book that he supposedly considers "always and everywhere wrong." And you see no contradiction here?

    By Blogger Jeremy Zilber, at 7:45 PM  

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