This is an excerpt from the chapter "Guard Your Heart":
There is a little book entitled “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” When I thought of how to describe Tucker Carlson’s programming, particularly his segments on race, the only thing that I could come up with is “Rat Poison for the Soul.” I have considered that over and over, and that is the best compliment I could give. Again, I can’t speak to his motivations, but I can and will share some of his quotes. His comments are some of the vilest, most divisive, and hateful that I have seen on American television. They surpass even Sean Hannity, which I believe is why he has surpassed him in the ratings.
There is a great appetite in America for this racist, fear-mongering, divisive poison. These are the number one rated TV news programs in America. In my opinion, you cannot watch these programs regularly and not have the side effect of being more racist, more intolerant, more bigoted. I will let his quotes speak for themselves. I challenge anyone that disagrees with me that these quotes meet the Phil 4:8 test: "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any praise, think on these things."
I challenge anyone that is a Carlson supporter with the question of whether anything in his programming makes you have more Christlike thoughts toward black and brown people, immigrants, anyone who is non-white. I have voted republican in every election but the last. I used to think that Fox News is just what we republicans watched, and then it took a turn. In this turn, the network I was watching started taking an increasingly dark and hateful slant on immigrants and police brutality towards African Americans. I find the programs I have mentioned an affront to people of color, insulting, racist, and legalized hate speech.
I’m not condemning you if you watch it, although it sounds like it. But I’m not. I’m issuing a challenge. All black people don’t feel the way I do, most, but not all. I am just challenging you to put what you’re watching and browsing up against the standard of the Word of God…
In 2019 alone, Fox News’ fearmongering about a migrant invasion prior to the El Paso massacre included:
Over 70 on-air references to an invasion of migrants
At least 55 clips of Trump calling the surge of migrants an invasion
24 references to an invasion on Fox & Friends, Fox & Friends First, and Fox & Friends Weekend, combined
21 uses of invasion rhetoric by hosts Tucker Carlson, Brian Kilmeade and Laura Ingraham. Carlson spoke of the United States being invaded on nine occasions, including stating, ‘This is an invasion, and it’s terrifying.’ Fox & Friends host Kilmeade used the rhetoric on seven occasions, twice calling it a ‘flat-out invasion.’ And Ingraham used invasion language five times, including during a segment with Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.” (Power, 2019)
“'They had to maintain order when no one else would': Tucker Carlson implies local officials and demonstrators are to blame for the 17-year-old accused of killing two Jacob Blake protesters
‘So are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder?’ Carlson said. "How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?" (Lahut, 2020)
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