Although I still consider them a go-to source for news, I haven’t been watching Fox News much in recent months. I got tired of Sean Hannity and whoever else was replacing Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly – I was tired of them too.
But recently with the onset of new and important issues, I’ve caught Tucker Carlson a few times and I’m pleasantly surprised by his debates with the (supposedly loyal) opposition.
This is my own personal opinion, but he seems to be well informed on his subject; he’s done his homework and is able to produce reasonable, logical, fact-based arguments supporting his position while exposing the fallacy in the other side.
I’ve only been watching his show for a couple of weeks and haven’t caught any complete shows – only segments until yesterday and again tonight – and I must say that I’m impressed.
I’ve viewed maybe a dozen individual segments of Carlson interviewing guests who held opposing viewpoints. He sliced and diced them easily and left them wondering “what the hell just happened?”
He seems to be able to construct questions that require answers that his subject must avoid at all costs in order to obfuscate or refute his point. The subject can’t answer the question (truthfully) so they proceed to change the subject, go immediately into predetermined talking points, or respond as if they didn’t hear the original question (ignoring it).
The important point that I really like is that he will not allow the guest to change the subject. Even though they may launch into their contrived talking points in lieu of a real answer, he simply doesn’t allow that. He stops them and reiterates the original question that they’re desperately trying to avoid and continues that rinse/repeat cycle until they finally answer or the segment runs out of time.
In short, Carlson seems like a clone of Trey Gowdy when it comes to constructing questions; a polished performer who also knows how to control the debate format effectively.
He looks like a keeper to me.