Tucker Carlson criticized media coverage of President Trump's Oval Office address on the Wednesday edition of his FOX News show.
"One thing to know about our national media: if Democratic leaders are saying it, reporters are saying it too. No matter what it is," Carlson said. "You often hear conservatives complain that our media are “liberal.” That’s giving them far too much credit. What they really are is obedient, like Shih Tzus begging for a snack. If Nancy Pelosi called for invading Canada tomorrow, all the news anchors would be telling you how Ottawa is the real threat. They’re flunkies, humorless little functionaries doing their sad little jobs."
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: In a televised address to the country last night, the president made his case for why America needs a wall on our southern border, and why that wall is so important that it’s worth shutting down the federal government to get it.
Democrats remained unmoved. Their leaders in Congress, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, delivered the party’s initial response. Their words were then echoed with mechanical precision by Democrats up and down the chain, from sitting members of Congress all the way down to the leftwing lady muttering in your local dog park. “Talking points” doesn’t do justice to the rhetorical discipline here. It was like watching a 3-D printer at work, churning out carbon copies of stilted propaganda, one after the other. A miracle of replication. You might even call the Democratic response, “manufactured”:
Rep Raul Grijalva: I’ll state that this is a manufactured crisis that’s been manufactured by the Trump administration
THE DNC’S TOM PEREZ: This is a manufactured crisis, Bill
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: How he manufactures crises like immigrants seeking legal refuge
SENATOR TIM KAINE: What the president is doing is manufacturing a crisis
PELOSI: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis
SCHUMER: This president just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis
One thing to know about our national media: if Democratic leaders are saying it, reporters are saying it too. No matter what it is. You often hear conservatives complain that our media are “liberal.” That’s giving them far too much credit. What they really are is obedient, like Shih Tzus begging for a snack. If Nancy Pelosi called for invading Canada tomorrow, all the news anchors would be telling you how Ottawa is the real threat. They’re flunkies, humorless little functionaries doing their sad little jobs.
Watch them at work:
CHUCK TODD: Folks, the President has manufactured one heck of a political crisis for himself.
CNN’s Amanda Carpenter: Donald Trump is manufacturing a national security crisis.
CNN’s Jen Psaki: You will hear them say is that this is a manufactured crisis. It’s not a national security crisis
JASON JOHNSON: From Nancy Pelosi down to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, no one will give him a dime for this project
MSNBC’s NICOLLE WALLACE: Because it’s manufactured
CNN’s JOE LOCKHART: It's a manufactured crisis for the president to get a political win
MSNBC’s STEVE SCHMIDT: We have a president who will lie and lie and lie some more. This is a manufactured crisis.
Those are the mindless lies they’re telling you. What are Democrats actually proposing as an alternative to the wall? We can answer that with some authority because on January 3rd, House Democrats passed their own proposal that they say would secure the southern border. What would it do? Nothing that isn’t being done already. The Democratic bill provides the same funding for partial fencing, border security technology, hiring more customs officers, and so forth, that we already have. In other words, the Democratic “border security plan” is the status quo. Their argument is that things work fine right now. Instead of spending another dollar to secure our border, Democrats in Congress have just proposed spending $12 million to investigate reparations for slavery. Just to give you a sense of their priorities. Everything is more important than border security.
That would be fine if our current security was working. It’s not. It’s likely that more 20 million people are already living in our country illegally. That’s more than two and a half times the entire population of New York City. The actual number may be bigger. We have no real idea. Which is the point. It’s totally out of control.
The problem isn’t that the Border Patrol doesn’t have the right technology. The problem is that our politicians don’t care to fix it. If they did, they could solve the problem in an afternoon. Borders are not complex. It’s not likely we’re trying to cure pancreatic cancer here. Our best minds are stumped. Hardly. What worked for Hadrian will work for us. It works for Israel right now, and a lot of other places. Walls work. That’s why people still build them. Everyone knows that. The rest is a charade. We should at least admit what’s happening. What you saw last night wasn’t two parties bickering over the best way to solve a shared problem. Just the opposite. In this case, one side’s problem is the other’s solution. For Democrats, a porous border is a good thing. It’s means more low-wage workers for their donors. It means more compliant voters to replace the millions of Americans they’ve alienated. And then there’s the emotional payoff. Democrats feel good about letting in poor people from the third world. These are people who don’t make a lot of complicated demands about healthcare, or unfunded pensions or what their kids are doing to do for a living. They’re not whiny, like Americans. They’re just grateful to be here. Democrats love people like that. They’ve come to love them much more than they love you. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that out loud just last night:
REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-NY): The women and children on the border that are trying to seek refuge and seek opportunity in the United States of America with nothing but the shirt on their backs are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be.
People who break our laws are more American than you are. That’s how Democrats feel. Keep that in mind as you watch the debate.