Tucker Carlson on Sam Donaldson's 'Right-Wing' Media and Race Remarks: 'Anyone Who Charges Racism With No Evidence Shouldn't Be Taken Seriously'
Last night, Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro was interviewed by Sean Hannity following Friday's statement by the president during which the reporter interrupted the commander in chief, lobbing a question at him regarding changes made to the nation's immigration policy. Munro told Hannity that the interruption was unintentional and that he began asking his question when he did because he didn't want the president to finish his statement and slip away before it was asked. "I thought I was getting him at the end [of his statement] ... and frankly, I was wrong about that."
This morning, Daily Caller's editor in chief, Tucker Carlson, spoke with Martha MacCallum about his reporter's seeming slight, standing by him regardless of intent.
"I don't think there's enough discussion about the real scandal here, as far as I'm concerned, which is the President of the United States introduced an undeniably important and totally unilateral policy change and expects that he can give a statement and answer no questions from the public," he said, adding that he believes the media should be pressing Obama on answering the specifics instead of criticizing his reporter.
"Sure, are my reporters the politest people in the world? No, they're not ... and that's okay. They're reporters, they're not wine stewards," said Carlson. "I'm not espousing incivility at all, but a reporter's job is to get people in power to answer questions they don't feel like answering ... That's why we exist."
Carlson agreed with MacCallum's assessment that this isn't just a problem faced by reporters on the right.
"This is a bipartisan problem ... no president is as transparent as the public deserves them to be. The question is, are we going to play along with that?"
ABC News' reporter/anchor Sam Donaldson said in a recent email statement to the Huffington Post discussing the incident that "many on the political right believe this president ought not to be there – they oppose him not for his polices and political view but for who he is, an African American."
"These people and perhaps even certain news organizations (certainly the right wing talkers like Limbaugh) encourage disrespect for this president. That is both regrettable and adds, in this case, to the general dislike of the press on the part of the general public," he added.
Carlson reacted, saying that such charges are, he believes, "prima facie ludicrous." "And, I think it's shocking that someone can make that charge ... and not be laughed right off the public stage," he said, adding, "So, you don't like the way our reporter addressed the president and therefore he's racist? You sort of wonder how long that blanket charge can exist before people say, 'You know what? I'm not taking you seriously anymore.' Anyone who charges racism with no evidence is not a serious person, and shouldn't be taken seriously."