Newsday prints my letter about Tucker Carlson’s January 6th misinformation.

I’m honored today to see that Newsday published my letter to the editor about Tucker Carlson’s recent misinformation about the January 6th, 2021 attack on the Capitol.  It’s the very last letter in today’s Letters page; you can find it right here.

Newsday is America’s ninth-largest newspaper, and the third-largest in New York State.   Its Sunday circulation is just under a half million people.

Sprechen sie Fox?

If you shot 41,000 hours of video of Germany invading Poland in 1939, you could select out clips of German soldiers walking along without firing their weapons.

You could claim they entered the country as peaceful tourists — and that the nefarious forces of the oppressive Polish government had orchestrated a lie.

There’s a catch, though. The only people who would believe you would be those who already sympathized with the Nazis.

Physician, heal thyself.

“The program conveniently cherry-picked from the calmer moments of our 41,000 hours of video. The commentary fails to provide context about the chaos and the violence that happened before or during these less tense moments.”

— internal message to officers from the U.S. Capitol Police about Tucker Carlson’s attempt to whitewash the January 6th insurrection

But this hardly matters.  The people who are likely to believe Tucker Carlson will simply believe whatever they want anyway.  They just want their self-vindicating fantasy articulated by a speaker they “trust.”

Recall, please, that this is the same crowd that regularly excoriates the rest of us for being taken in by “fake news.”

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