Watch: MSNBC’s Ari Melber torches Tucker Carlson — and highlights the only case where he makes excuses for mass shooters
MSNBC News' Ari Melber offered a critical assessment of Fox News' Tucker Carlson and his reporting on mass shootings. On Wednesday, May 18, Melber noted the "double standard" in Carlson's broadcasts when it comes to crimes committed by white suspects as opposed to crimes committed against white victims.
The portion of Melber's segment on Carlson began with a brief series of clips highlighting the conservative prime time television host's reporting on the mass shootings — beginning with the recent one in Buffalo, N.Y. that claimed the lives of 10 victims and left an additional three wounded. The shooting took place at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood. Reports have even offered details about the shooter's manifesto and the reasoning behind his disturbing decision to open fire on grocery shoppers.
According to HuffPost, the shooter's 180-page document, which was uploaded online, included his intent to “kill as many Blacks as possible” as he referenced the unfounded “replacement theory” that had previously been circulated by Carlson.
However, while reporting on the shooting, Carlson made it a point to stop short of defining the document as what it really is: a "manifesto." “It is not a blueprint for a new extremist political movement,” Carlson said, adding, “Because a mentally ill teenager murdered strangers, you cannot be allowed to express your political views."
Melber noted the distinct difference in Carlson's reporting on the parade attack that took place in Waukesha, Wisconsin last year. A blog post published by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) explained how that tragic event was exploited by white supremacists who used the tragedy to ”[sow] racist and antisemitic conspiracy theories.”
“Waukesha has become yet another current event, as seen through the white supremacist lens, supporting unsubstantiated but perceived claims of escalating crimes targeting white victims,” the ADL stated.
Per HuffPost, Carlson took a similar approach as he attempted to link "Black nationalism and the Black Lives Matter movement to the 'slaughter' in Wisconsin."
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