Why People Need to Listen More to Tucker Carlson

Why People Need to Listen More to Tucker Carlson

Nicholas Bonfiglio, Reporter

Tucker Carlson used to work for CNN.

No, really. The current Fox News host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (which airs at 9 p.m. ET) has a reputation for what his fans say is “challenging the status quo.” He has had a lot of success. According to Forbes.com, the show finished 2nd overall in cable ratings with 4.368 million viewers, and led in the key demo with 798,000 viewers.

Here’s a preview of three times Carlson was right.

Marriage and the Family

In January of 2019 on a segment of his show, Tucker talked about the “erosion” of marriage and family life in America. He claimed “increasingly, marriage is a luxury only the affluent in America can afford.” Although this seems silly he’s right. Before the late 60s marriage rates among classes were pretty consistent however, nowadays only 26% of poor and 39% of working class Americans ages 18-55 are married compared to 56% of middle and upper class Americans of the same age. Uncoincidentally this can also be associated with a rise divorce, out of wedlock birth, and family instability.

Importance of Culture and History

In an episode of his show in June of 2020 Tucker describes a country as “the sum total of what has happened in it, good and bad,”. This comment came after many in the country during the time wanted to remove all and any history from our country that they did not like, specifically tearing down statues. Tucker fought against this idea arguing that our history makes us who we are. He stated without history our country isn’t really a country at all but “a collection of banks and check cashing outlets and retail stores.”

Economics

Tucker Carlson held more Libertarian views on economics throughout most of his media career, supporting Ron Paul’s 1988 and 2008 presidential candidacies. Recently, however, he has shifted to a more populist idea of economics, attacking libertarianism. He stated “market capitalism is not a religion,” attacking a belief held by most libertarians that the free market is the most important thing to a society. This shift in economic views can be correlated with much of the Republican party who had similar shifts.