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Tucker Carlson: ‘I can’t get the Romney campaign to call me back for an interview’

Former MSNBC anchor, CNN contributor and current Fox News contributor and Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson is profiled by Brian Stelter in the New York Times.

The recent 2007 Obama video that was played on “Hannity” and hyped on “The Drudge Report” is a big focus of the story, though the infamous 2004 “Crossfire” incident came up once again. If you don’t recall it, “The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart was a guest on the CNN show “Crossfire,” and proceeded to ridicule the hosts (including Carlson) for “Hurting America.” The show was canceled not long after:

“I still to this day don’t understand what his point was,” Mr. Carlson said. “If his point was, I’m abrasive, I think that’s an entirely fair point. But I’ve never been partisan, ever.” He added, “I believe in ideas, not candidates.” To that end, he said his release of the Obama video was not coordinated in any way with Mitt Romney’s campaign. “I can’t get the Romney campaign to call me back for an interview,” he said, adding, “Please quote me. I can’t.”

Pres. Obama to Daily Caller Reporter: ‘I Didn’t Ask For An Argument’

Pres. Obama wasn’t expecting questions during his Rose Garden appearance announcing partial reform to current immigration laws. But he got one. And it got heated. Just as the president was telling the crowd, “it is the right thing to do,” a member of the press corps interupted with a question. “Excuse me, sir,” said Obama. “It’s not time for questions, sir. Not while I’m speaking.”

A few minutes later, the president got back to his questioner:

“The answer to your question, sir, and the next time I prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask this question is this is the right thing to do for the American people. I didn’t ask for an argument,” said Obama. “I’m answering your question. It’s the right thing to do for the American people.”

The questioner is Neil Munro a reporter at Tucker Carlson‘s Daily Caller. Munro, interestingly, was not born in the U.S., but in Ireland. The changes to the immigration law will cease deportations of anyone who was under age 16 when they were brought to the U.S. and raised here without legal documentation.

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Megyn Kelly Apologizes for Guest Who Called Tucker Carlson a ‘Bow-tyin’ White Boy’

At the end of her show today, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly apologized for FNC analyst Jehmu Greene who, during a debate about democratic Massachusetts senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, referred to Tucker Carlson as a a “bow-tyin’ white boy.” Greene and Carlson were going at it over how Warren’s claims of Cherokee ancestry have become a campaign issue. Greene, a democratic strategist, said, “To question this woman on her qualifications is going to be something that does appeal to folks like you, voters like you bow-tyin’ white boys, but at the end of the day….”

“Hey, hey, hey,” Tucker jumped in, “You can use name-calling all you like, but you’re ignoring the truth.” Carlson was known for donning bow ties during his CNN days. Not so much anymore. But he is white, and not at all Cherokee.

(h/t J$P)

Reporting the death of Andrew Breitbart

The death of Andrew Breitbart, at the age of 43, came as a shock in TV newsrooms across the country. Breitbart, who suffered from heart problems, collapsed while walking in his Brentwood, CA neighborhood. He was pronounced dead just after Midnight.

Over the last few years, despite his disdain for the mainstream media, Breitbart had become a regular on cable news, taking a conservative stand, defending his latest scoop or just taking part in the conversation. His last national appearance was Tuesday night with Piers Morgan following results of the Arizona and Michigan primaries. “I’ve cleaned up and got my hair into an aerodynamic fashion for you,” Breitbart joked with Morgan.

FNC reported Breitbart’s death at 9:33amET and began a conversation for the next half hour with several of their anchors and contributors including Sean Hannity: “He had a level of courage that is really almost unmatched today in media;” Greg Gutfeld: “He is leaving a powerful legacy. He will be a legend.” Tucker Carlson: “I talked to him last night, seemed totally exuberant as he always does.” And Monica Crowley: “I have known very few people in my life who lived life to the hilt the way Andrew Breitbart did.”

CNN reported the news at 9:34am. CNN conservative contributor Erick Erickson phoned in at 10:19. “He really is like a super nova who has gone dark,” said Erickson. Another CNN contributor, Dana Loesh phoned in at 10:40. Loesch is the editor of Breitbart’s Big Journalism site. “Once you got to know him… to know him was to like him. Regardless of what you thought about his politics.”

MSNBC reported the breaking news at 9:41. Breitbart’s politics did not align with the political leanings of MSNBC, which may be why he always seemed to relish his appearances with anchors including Martin Bashir and Dylan Ratigan, and, when he was with MSNBC, David Shuster. Because of their contentious nature, those interviews often made headlines.

Breitbart, who was prolific on Twitter, sent his last Tweet at 11:26 PT, about 40 minutes before he was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center. It was a response to a blogger in Louisiana: “I called you a putz cause I thought you were being intentionally disingenuous. If not I apologize.”

Andrew Breitbart Dies at 43

Conservative commentator, author and web publisher Andrew Breitbart has died at the age of 43, according to his website, Big Government. Breitbart died of natural causes shortly after midnight in Los Angeles.

Breitbart was a regular guest on the cable news circuit, having appeared on CNN just this past Tuesday. He was on Fox News two and a half weeks ago.

Update: As of 9:45 AM, Fox News is the only cable channel to cover Breitbart’s death, and has brought on Tucker Carlson and Greg Gutfeld to talk about their former colleague.

Is Fox News Working with Tucker Carlson on Media Matters Investigation?

Tucker Carlson — one of a few who’ve managed the cable news tri-fecta: working for CNN, MSNBC and now Fox News — continues his series about Media Matters, today looking into the tax-exempt status of the organization. Much of the series has to do with Media Matters attempts to delegitimize Fox News, so Carlson has been getting plenty of air time on Fox News with appearances on “Fox & Friends” Monday and Tuesday and last night on “The O’Reilly Factor,” as well as numerous stories on other FNC programs.

Fox News told Mediaite they are not coordinating with Carlson on his series, adding they have “no idea what Tucker’s motivation is in on the timing of this.”

Tuesday on “The Five,” the five discussed how Media Matters had planned to make their fight very personal.


Was Media Matters Planning to Look into the Personal Lives of Fox News Employees?

In the second part of his series into the group Media Matters, Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson reveals a memo from Sept. 2009 that suggests the group was prepared to dig up dirt on Fox News employees. Carlson claims the memo with its cloak & dagger style scenarios came from Karl Frisch, an MMFA contributor:

“We must take Fox News head-on in a well funded, presidential-style campaign to discredit and embarrass the network, making it illegitimate in the eyes of news consumers.” What Frisch proceeded to suggest, however, went well beyond what legitimate presidential campaigns attempt. “We should hire private investigators to look into the personal lives of Fox News anchors, hosts, reporters, prominent contributors, senior network and corporate staff,” he wrote.

Like yesterday, Carlson was back on “Fox & Friends” this morning discussing his findings. But as FishbowlDC found out, the report had its share of technical difficulties.

Tucker Carlson Gets Fox News Airtime for Media Matters Exposé

Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson got some plum airtime this morning to talk about his site’s weeklong series into Media Matters, which Fox & Friends anchor Steve Doocy calls, “the liberal blog dedicated to destroying Fox News.” In his first story on Daily Caller, Carlson reports, “The group operates in regular coordination with the highest levels of the Obama White House.”

Carlson spoke to current and former Media Matters staffers for his report. One former employee told him, “We pretty write their primetime” speaking of MSNBC. Carlson says the former staffer added: “We call Phil Griffin, the head of MSNBC, he takes our call.” Carlson spent three years at MSNBC, including as a host in primetime. As the network started a shift to the left, his show was canceled and his contract was allowed to expire. Carlson, who earlier in his career co-hosted “Crossfire” on CNN, joined Fox News in 2009. He launched Daily Caller in January, 2010.


You Might Want to Tune in to Tonight’s ‘On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren’

So, someone at Tucker Carlson‘s “Daily Caller” stepped in it, or so thought defender of women politicians everywhere Greta Van Susteren. Greta wasn’t having any of it. So Carlson and Van Susteren went back and forth over the weekend on email and on their sites, which, of course, has since been picked up by other media sites.

Without getting into too much detail here (click on any of the links above). It involves Sarah Palin, Mike Tyson and a sexually explicit headline in a “Daily Caller” story first published Friday night.

And now it’ll all come to a head tonight on Van Susteren’s show at 10pmET when Fox News contributor Carlson goes “On the Record.”

Tucker Carlson, Bret Baier On the Move

Fox News anchor Bret Baier and contributor Tucker Carlson — who is the editor of Daily Caller — both have new digs.

Washingtonian reports Carlson traded sold his $4 million 6-bedroom place for a $2 million 7-bedroom, 6-bath manse in the Kent neighborhood of NW Washington, DC. “The new house has a two-car garage and an au pair suite,” reports the site. As for Baier:

Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier and his wife, Amy, bought a house on Dunmore Lane in DC’s Berkley neighborhood for $1.2 million. A former Fox News White House correspondent, Baier hosts Special Report With Bret Baier.

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