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Tucker Carlson: ‘I personally think most nightly news programs are terrible.’

Who does Tucker Carlson think will be the GOP nominee in 2012?  Here’s a hint: he isn’t on Fox News’s payroll.

In part III of our MediaBeat interview Carlson gives his take on the GOP field as well as on where Americans get their news during election season. “I personally think most nightly news programs are terrible. There’s so little news in it.”

  • Part I – Monday: “I never cheer when anybody gets fired, having been fired, publicly, at least once.”
  • Part II – Tuesday: Live TV is like crack

You can also watch this video and all Media Beat interviews on our YouTube channel.

Tucker Carlson: Live TV is like crack

Tucker Carlson has good things to say about his days hosting cable news shows at CNN and MSNBC. “I don’t have a single complaint about any of it,” he tells us in part II of our MediaBeat interview. “Television is crack; it’s immediate. You can completely fail, and blow up and destroy your life instantly so the threat of that keeps it interesting.”

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Tucker Carlson on Keith Olbermann: ‘I never cheer when anybody gets fired, having been fired, publicly, at least once.’

In this week’s Media Beat we talk with former CNN and MSNBC host Tucker Carlson, co-founder of The Daily Caller. On his new life as a digital media entrepreneur: “I couldn’t enjoy it more.” And on his old life as a cable news host, he’s got thoughts on his former colleague Keith Olbermann and his MSNBC departure: “I never cheer when anybody gets fired, having been fired, publicly, at least once.”

  • Part II – Tomorrow: Tucker on TV: “Live TV is like crack”
  • Part III – Wednesday: Tucker’s take on the 2012 GOP nominee

You can also watch this video and all Media Beat interviews on our YouTube channel.

Tucker Carlson Explains Michael Vick Comments as ‘What happens when you get too emotional’

In Sean Hannity‘s introduction of Tucker Carlson on Fox News Channel last night, Hannity said “by the way, we’re going to get into all the trouble you caused while filling in here, Tucker.”

The “trouble” Hannity was referring to was the December 17 “Hannity” episode when Carlson — filling in for Hannity — said that quarterback Michael Vick “should have been executed” for dog fighting.

Carlson defended himself as a “dog lover” and went on to say that he wouldn’t talk about what Vick did, because “it’s too upsetting, frankly.” Carlson continued saying that what the quarterback did was “truly appalling.” Then he brought it back to President Barack Obama by saying “There is a line of several million people that I would like to see the president congratulate, before he congratulates Michael Vick.”

  • Video of the appearance is after the jump…

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Tucker Carlson: Michael Vick ‘should have been executed’ for Dog Fighting

Fox News Channel contributor Tucker Carlson is done talking about Michael Vick — for now. TVNewser reached out to Carlson’s site “The Daily Caller” to see if he cared to comment more about his statement last night on “Hannity” in which he said the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, “should have been executed,” for taking part in dog fighting. Carlson, who was filling in for Sean Hannity, was critical of Pres. Obama’s support of Vick.

“The idea that the president of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs? Kind of beyond the pale,” said Carlson.

“The Daily Caller” responded with the following,”Mr. Carlson does not have a statement at this time regarding last night’s remarks on Fox News about Michael Vick.”

‘Round about the time Carlson was delivering his death sentence, Vick suffered a contusion on the first play of last night’s postponed Eagles-Vikings game, which the Eagles lost.

  • Video from last night’s FNC program after the jump…

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Keith Olbermann Benches ‘Worst Person in the World’ Segment after “Sanity” Rally Speech

MSNBC host Keith Olbermann announced last night that he was benching his “Worst Person in the World” segment. The announcement came at the beginning of the night’s #1 story, about Jon Stewart‘s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.”

Olbermann was critiquing the rally, but also said that some of what Stewart complained about in his speech rang true:

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NY Mag’s ‘Chasing Fox’: The Takeaway for CNN

CNN is, in many respects, the focal-point of the New York magazine cover story on the cable news channels. Given its precipitous ratings decline, and the high profile staffing changes in recent weeks (see Klein, Jon), along with new programming that starts tonight (see, Spitzer, Parker), CNN is home to much behind the scenes action in the world of cable news.

Among the revelations: Klein tried to poach Keith Olbermann from MSNBC.

“One of the premises was we would have put MSNBC out of business,” Olbermann told author Gabriel Sherman.

CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton pushed back, however, and the deal never happened. It also revealed a new look at the reasoning behind “Crossfire”‘s cancellation, which happened after host Tucker Carlson told bosses he accepted a job with MSNBC:

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Tucker Carlson Talks Daily Caller, Journolist, CNN’s Primetime Addition

tucker_8-4.jpgIn the latest interview for’s “So What Do You Do” series, FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein talks to Tucker Carlson who responds to a range of topics varying from his Daily Caller venture to his future in cable news. Here’s an excerpt:

You worked on CNN’s Crossfire back in the day. What do you think of debate programs generally, and what do you think about CNN’s new program with Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker — do you think it’ll work?

I think it’s great. I like debate programs. There aren’t any left — it’s all single hosts giving their opinions. Yeah, I think [Spitzer] will be good. He’ll be better than he was as attorney general or governor. It’s the definition of stunt casting. I don’t know what else you’re going to do if you’re CNN.

Carlson also discusses his “feud” with Keith Olbermann as well as gives his take on the recent JournoList to-do. Read the whole thing here.

Tucker Carlson Calls Olbermann ‘Sad,’ ‘Tormented,’ ‘Despised;’ Olbermann Responds

olbermann_carlson_7-16.jpgTucker Carlson has plenty to say about MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and The Daily Caller’s purchase of, which Carlson says evolved over the past six months and calls “amusing as hell.”

After detailing to Mediaite, amid much sinister laughter, how he plans to offer email addresses, Carlson calls Olbermann “a sad guy” and says the host is “despised at MSNBC.”

“A lot of people there really do hate Keith Olbermann because he’s cruel to people who work for him,” he said. “I want to be totally clear, I don’t have any malice toward Olbermann, I feel sorry for him…He’s a tormented soul.”

In response to the comments and Carlson’s excited publicizing of his new buy, Olbermann tells TVNewser, “Tucker’s 15 minutes of borrowing my ‘fame’ ended last night.”

Aside from that and a few tweets, Olbermann has not said much about the remarks or about the Caller’s new ownership of the domain name. Carlson (surprisingly?) wasn’t among last evening’s WPITW. One reason could be that Olbermann is considering future legal action. NYMag’s Daily Intel spoke with attorney Enrico Schaefer who specializes in “cybersquatting and domain-name disputes.”

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Tea Party Coalition Wants Sponsors to Pull Ads from ‘Hardball’

Matthews_6.17.jpgA coalition of Tea Party groups is calling on advertisers to pull their commercials from “Hardball” over host Chris Matthews‘ new documentary “The Rise of the New Right.” The doc, which debuted last night at 7pmET and came in second in its timeslot (behind FNC) as well as being MSNBC’s second-most watched show of the night (behind Countdown), is being called a “left-wing propaganda hit piece” by the Tea Party groups, reports The Daily Caller.

“Chris Matthews and MSNBC have just delivered one of the most dishonest pieces of propaganda posing as journalism in American broadcast and cable television history,” said National Tea Party Coalition co-founder Michael Patrick Leahy.

Activists say Matthews selectively portrayed groups and individuals in the program in a bad light. “The Tea Party movement I know looks nothing like the one portrayed on MSNBC,” said FreedomWorks grassroots director Brendan Steinhauser. “It is made up of good, hardworking, honest, smart people who love their country. It is a movement that reflects the best in America.”

Now, the National Tea Party Federation is calling for supporters to contact sponsors of “Hardball” and ask them to pull their ads.

As an interesting side note, The Daily Caller is run by Matthews’ former MSNBC colleague Tucker Carlson.