This is an excerpt from the chapter entitled "Guard Your Heart":
That brings me to Tucker Carlson. The most-watched and easily one of the most controversial TV hosts in America.
Jun 30, 2020
“Tucker Carlson Has Highest-Rated Program in Cable News History
Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson closed out television’s second quarter with one for the record books: his Tucker Carlson Tonight finished the quarter as the highest-rated program in all of cable news for the first time since the show’s launch, delivering an average total audience of 4.331 million viewers. In the process, Carlson broke a record held by his colleague, Sean Hannity, for the highest-rated quarter of any cable news program—ever.
It was a solid quarter for the network, which finished in first place across all of cable television for the first time in the network’s history, beating out all basic cable networks among total viewers and viewers 25-54, the demographic group most valued by national advertisers.
Some of those advertisers announced during the quarter that they would pull advertising from Carlson’s show after remarks the host made about the Black Lives Matter movement, but FNC viewers did not follow suit, instead lifting Tucker Carlson Tonight to a record high, breaking a previous record set in the first quarter of 2020 by FNC’s Hannity.” (Joyella, 2020)
I don’t know what Tucker Carlson’s motivations are for saying the incendiary things that he says. Maybe the motivation is ratings. We are in the rant generation. Ranting sports broadcasters (which I dislike) have the highest-rated podcasts and TV shows. Personalities, in sports and news, tear down, berate, stir controversy, and we reward them by listening to them. We even elected a ranter to be President of the United States. Rants don’t have to be factual, thought out, politically correct, or even PG-13, but America has embraced it as part of the culture.
There is a little book entitled “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” When I thought of how to describe Tucker Carlson’s programming, particularly his segments on race, the only thing that I could come up with is “Rat Poison for the Soul.” I have considered that over and over, and that is the best compliment I could give. Again, I can’t speak to his motivations, but I can and will share some of his quotes. His comments are some of the vilest, most divisive, and hateful that I have seen on American television. They surpass even Sean Hannity, which I believe is why he has surpassed him in the ratings.
There is a great appetite in America for this racist, fear-mongering, divisive poison. These are the number one rated TV news programs in America. In my opinion, you cannot watch these programs regularly and not have the side effect of being more racist, more intolerant, more bigoted. I will let his quotes speak for themselves. I challenge anyone that disagrees with me that these quotes meet the Phil 4:8 test: "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any praise, think on these things."
I challenge anyone that is a Carlson supporter with the question of whether anything in his programming makes you have more Christlike thoughts toward black and brown people, immigrants, anyone who is non-white.
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