"... Carlson says he's not trying to convert his critics, and he's perfectly OK with people taking issue with what he says. "I’m liberal, actually," he says, reciting a list of his bedrock beliefs: "I believe in free speech. I’m suspicious of secrecy. I think that due process is vital; you know, I don’t think that everyone accused is guilty. I think I have much more in common with 1970s-era liberals than most people at The Washington Post."
Carlson has some tough talk for modern journalism in his new book, Ship of Fools, which was released this week. He accuses journalists of being "handmaidens to power" who care a lot more about protecting people like themselves rather than advocating for their viewers and readers. The constant focus on President Trump's tweets and errors, he says, misses what's really important: the policies keeping the elite in power.
"Calling Trump out for his stupid prevarications or misstatements — you know, 'he said there were 10,000 people; there were only 7,000 people.' OK, that’s fine, you know, whatever. I’m not saying that shouldn’t be a story; I’m saying that’s not challenging power.
"Challenging power is when you say, wait a second, what are the effects of lowering interest rates to zero? What about all the normal people who thought they were supposed to save money and that debt was bad? What about them? Obviously, the finance sector benefits from that, tons of cheap money printed at public expense, but what about people who don’t have access to private equity? What’s the entry fee for private equity anyway? How much do you have to put down to get into this game? The average person is by definition excluded from that. Nobody ever says anything like that. Why do we tax labor at twice the rate of capital?"
Carlson says that in writing his book, he returned again and again to the same question: "What happened that the country got so mad they elected Trump? How did we get here?" Content countries, he writes, don't elect people like Donald Trump..."
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