Fox News host and all-around nut Tucker Carlson got involved in the renewed drama surrounding Michael Vick; saying that he believed the current Eagles QB “should have been executed” for his dog fighting crimes several years ago.
“I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances, but Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did [it] in a heartless and cruel way,” Carlson said. “And I think personally he should have been executed for that. He wasn’t.”
And before you go off thinking that Carlson just brought the topic up because he really cares, understand that he expressed the sentiments as a way to demonize and ridicule President Obama for calling Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie late last week and commending him for giving Vick a second chance.
“The idea that the President of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs [is] kind of beyond the pale,” he said.
How about the idea that a President of the United States would stand behind faulty intelligence and start a war with Iraq leading to the deaths of tens of thousands of people? How does that sit with Tucker? No doubt we’ll hear that outrage soon, right?
Let’s not forget that Obama was quick to condemn Vick’s crime before making a gesture of gratitude for the power of second chances — something even PETA has agreed was acceptable. Also, while Tucker would have his viewers believe that the President’s phone call was a giant thumbs up for dog killers, it’s important to remember that the main point of the call in the first place was to praise the organization for their recent announcement that Lincoln Financial Field will be going off-grid with solar and wind technologies.
“He’s some creepy, rich, overpaid football player, I mean, come on,” Carlson added. “If the President said there’s some guy who was dealing crack as a kid, grew up in a poor family, you know the story, and he’s turned his life around, you know, fine. I get that.”
BS. Carlson, as usual, would still find a reason to bash Obama. His convictions are about as tissue paper thin as the network he represents. It will take many more year in my eyes to believe Vick has really turned things around, but I sincerely don’t believe there’s any harm in praising the work he’s done since leaving prison. People just need to place that praise in the context of the crime and not gloss over the cruelty. Second chances are important — calling for the death penalty is just cable network sensationalism from the usual puppets.