* Note: This post is not an endorsement of Tucker Carlson.
February 18, 2010 8:31 AM Subscribe
'You could wind up with a page only about porn, executions, and Sarah Palin every day.'
A New Republic
profile of no-longer-bowtied Tucker Carlson as he launches The Daily Caller
, a 'right-leaning Huffington Post.'It may be hard to remember now, staring back through the thick haze of cable-news smackdowns, but, before Carlson embarked on a TV career--and, at various points, even during that TV career--he was a great writer and reporter. His 1999 profile* of George W. Bush for Tina Brown’s short-lived Talk painted a portrait of the then-Texas governor--stubborn, profane, callow--that should have told voters everything they needed to know about why he would be such a terrible president. The piece he wrote for Esquire about traveling to Africa with Sharpton, Cornel West, and other civil rights activists was at once viciously hilarious and bracingly humane, like David Foster Wallace’s or Michael Lewis’s best reportage. At The Weekly Standard, where he worked for much of the 1990s, he was one of the rare writers less consumed with scoring political points than producing quality journalism.(Previously, CNN cans Carlson from Crossfire) (also previously)
* Devil May Care, Carlson's notorious profile of a campaigning Bush in which Bush 'cursed like a sailor' and mocked death-row inmate Karla Faye Tucker, is unfortunately not available online, although National Review has a decent summary here and Carlson talks about it briefly here.