Media Matters, perhaps?
PZ glommed on to a highly dishonest video they released comparing the words of Tucker Carlson with those of white supremacist Jared Taylor. The only problem? Carson didn’t actually say anything racist, so they had to keep cutting back and forth in order to make you think he did.
It’s exactly the sort of technique a sceptical mind should ferret out in an instant. But, as we know very well by now, PZ Myers does not have a sceptical mind.
PZ’s title for the post in question today is “Tucker Carlson has learned at the feet of his master.” Our question – to which master does PZ Myers bow?
PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:
Translation: I don’t like [Jared Taylor] very much. But you know who does? Tucker Carlson! He’s been taking racism lessons from him. Like two worm-infested, slimy, moldy peas in a pod. I’d say that Carlson was in the business of white-washing the statements of more loudly racist folk except that he’s just as filthy as they are.https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/10/16/tucker-carlson-has-learned-at-the-feet-of-his-master/
PZ links to the Media Matters video as his only evidence for these claims, but the video does not make the case. The eight sentences the video quotes Carlson as saying are pasted below without the misleading context:
1. Happy Columbus Day anyway, enjoy it while you can. Your grandchildren won’t even know it existed.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjWraet5WZ0
2. In LA the City Council just voted to rename Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples Day.
3. But it seems to have spread to — again normal places like Columbus, Ohio, which is a great town actually, filled with normal people. How did it get to Columbus?
4. What does it mean? You don’t have a right to be here and neither did your ancestors. We hate you. You get the point.
5. I mean they turned it into America, which to this day is a beacon of hope for this world. That’s why everyone wants to come here. So you’re trying to delegitimize that.
6. Christopher Columbus, his crime? Violating the sovereignty of the people who lived here already. Plus, he had the wrong ethnicity. Now try making that argument about any other immigrant to America and see how long you keep your job.
7. Things are in fact better on this continent than they were 700 years ago, in case democracy and penicillin and the internal combustion engine didn’t make that obvious. Far less human sacrifice and cannibalism.
8. So when they come for the Columbus statue in your town, it’s worth fighting back because it’s not about the statute, it’s about something much deeper.
Confused? You’re meant to be. Media Matters are professionals. They want you to think Carlson is a racist so they intersperse his statements with actual racist things Jared Taylor said which happen to use some of the same words. It’s the opposite of truth. It’s propaganda. And for PZ to repeat and amplify their propaganda is a lie.
We’d never heard point #6 Carlson makes above, but it is interesting to juxtapose the current immigration debate with the debate about Columbus. PZ is all for open borders. He wants anyone and everyone to come to America. But, isn’t that what Christopher Columbus did? Wasn’t he just practicing his own open borders policy?
These are the types of questions a sceptic might ask – but don’t expect that sort of analysis from PZ Myers. He has his ideology and he’s sticking to it, truth be damned.
Today: 1 science-related post, 5 posts on other stuff
Since 30 May 19: 120 science-related posts, 482 non-science posts.
20% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science.
Today: 1 PZ Myers Lie
Since 30 May 19: 151 PZ Myers Lies
Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.