MSNBC's Joe Scarborough claimed that when Hillary Clinton said, "[N]o matter where you were born, or how much money you are born into, no matter where you worship, or the color of your skin, it is a bedrock American principle that we are all equal in the voting booth," she was using "code language." Scarborough made the "code" claim two more times on Morning Joe.
Referring to a Newsday article about Hillary Clinton's representation of a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl, Tucker Carlson said on his MSNBC program: "Now their defense is, 'Well, that's what lawyers are supposed to do.' In other words, it's legal, therefore it's allowed. I guess my response would be, it's still repulsive and immoral." In fact, the Newsday article made clear that legal experts agreed that Clinton was simply fulfilling her legal and ethical obligation as the defendant's lawyer, a job she was reportedly assigned by the court.
Discussing recent comments by Michelle Obama, Tucker Carlson said: "I have thought from Day One that Michelle Obama, impressive as she is, clearly intelligent, very handsome, self-possessed -- I think that she's got a chip on her shoulder." Similarly, Slate.com blogger Mickey Kaus wrote of Michelle Obama: "For whatever reason, she sure seems to have a non-trivial chip on her shoulder and it's not a winning quality." Additionally, referring to a February 16 Newsweek profile, VDARE.com contributor Steve Sailer wrote that Michelle Obama "sounds like she's got a log-sized chip on her shoulder from lucking into Princeton due to affirmative action."
Discussing a New York Times article reporting on a trip by former President Bill Clinton to Kazakhstan with Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra, Tucker Carlson stated: "Bill Clinton, the former president, out there, contravening official American foreign policy on behalf of some anti-democratic dictator so his buddy can get rich and he can get rich as a result? It's like unbelievable." In fact, The New York Times did not report that Clinton received money from Giustra for himself; rather, Giustra donated money to Clinton's foundation.
Discussing what he described as "slavish" and "slobbering" media coverage of Sen. Barack Obama, Tucker Carlson stated: "And I will freely confess that I am absolutely part of the problem. I give the guy a pass at every turn and I'm nice to him even though I disagree with him." In fact, over the past year, Carlson has leveled personal attacks against Obama and spread misinformation about him.
After airing a video clip of Sen. Hillary Clinton talking about "gender equality" during a Democratic presidential candidates debate, MSNBC host Tucker Carlson stated: "It takes a lot of guts for a rich, privileged white lady who is one of the most powerful people in the world to claim that she is a victim of gender discrimination."
While discussing Hillary Clinton with fellow radio host Jay Severin, Don Imus asked, "Well, why do we think that we -- I mean, why don't we just select [Venezuelan President] Hugo Chavez, then, if we want some rabid nut? I mean, why do we think that that's a face we want to put on America?" Severin answered: "I think you've got that, that's pretty much it. With Hillary Clinton you've got Hugo Chavez in a dress, and about the same size." Separately, discussing John Edwards' performance in the Nevada caucus, MSNBC's Tucker Carlson asserted, "It turns out that Hugo Chavez and his ideas are still not that popular in this country, liberal as it's become. That's the lesson I take away."
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On the January 14 edition of MSNBC's Tucker, while discussing Sen. Barack Obama's speech at the Pentecostal Temple Church of God and Christ in Las Vegas, host Tucker Carlson asserted that "many black churches are basically political organizations."
MSNBC's Tucker Carlson called Sen. Barack Obama a "wuss" and a "BS artist," citing Obama's response to the question, "What does the word 'Clintonian' mean to you?" during a recent ABC News interview. Carlson asserted that "[h]e should just [have] come out and sa[id], 'Yeah, [Sen. Hillary Clinton is] Clintonian.' ... 'That's why they call it Clintonian.' " He later claimed that people "who plan to vote for her know that she is Clintonian in her answers. I mean, that's seen as a good thing a lot of the time. Why doesn't Barack Obama have the gumption, the moxie, the toughness?"
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On MSNBC's Tucker, the Politico's Josephine Hearn stated that if Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee wins the Iowa caucuses, "I think that's very damaging to Mitt Romney, because they're both going after values voters. So they're both trolling in the same areas." Hearn's use of the label "values voters" to characterize the subset of voters being targeted by Huckabee and Romney advanced the myth that this group of voters is the only political constituency that votes its "values."