March 12, 2008

Remembering Tucker

On Monday, The Huffington Post reported that conservative television personality and former bow tie fetishist Tucker Carlson's pithiliy named show Tucker is being cancelled, and that it will be replaced by a new show hosted by reporter David Gregory. While Gregory's record of dilligent journalism is uneven - he has doggedly pursued White House press secretaries on occasion, but has also hobnobbed with Karl Rove - there is little question that this move represents an improvement over the theater of political hackery that is the mainstay of Mr. Carlson's shtick.

While Tucker Carlson will continue at MSNBC as both a correspondent and a panelist, his career has been in steady, if gradual (but deserved), decline since The Daily Show's Jon Stewart took him down very publicly on the late, unlamented partisan bloviationfest, Crossfire. Below is the video; if you haven't seen it, you're in for a treat; if you have, sit back, and enjoy a classic moment in modern television, one more time:

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