Fox & Friends freaks out over black Captain America: It’s a plot to ‘target conservatives’ [TW: Right Wing Extremism, Anti-Immigrant Bigotry]
The hosts of Fox & Friends asserted over the weekend that Marvel’s Captain America had declared war on conservatives because a recent comic book story line had the superhero battling white supremacists.

The hosts of Fox & Friends asserted over the weekend that Marvel’s Captain America had declared war on conservatives because a recent comic book story line had the superhero battling white supremacists.

Conservative websites expressed outrage last week after a video released by the right-leaning MacIver Institute think tank suggested that Captain America’s latest villainous threat, Sons of the Serpent, represented real life conservatives who oppose Hispanic immigrants.

A Fox & Friends segment on Saturday warned that Captain America’s new mission was to “target conservatives.”

“He’s got a new odd enemy,” Fox News host Clayton Morris reported, noting that Captain America was now a black man. “Instead of going against Hydra and the typical Captain America villains, he’s going up against conservatives. That’s his new enemy.”

Tucker Carlson argued that Islamic extremists or ISIS members would have been more appropriate enemies.

“The [Supreme Serpent] is an American who has misgivings about unlimited illegal immigration and the costs associated with it,” Carlson said. “And that, according to the comic book, is evil.”

“Right, so these serpents are stopping people from coming over the border and Captain America is saying, ‘That’s not going to happen on my watch, I’m Captain America,‘” Morris agreed. “An interesting discussion around the idea of [immigrants bringing] disease and rapists and everything else.”

Carlson declared that Marvel was portraying average Americans as “snake-handling bigots and they need to be held in place or else they’ll turn this country into Nazi Germany. It’s like, the people who run this country, a lot of them actually believe that. I live near them. They really think that.”

“They should do a comic book on the opposite,” co-host Health Childers offered. “The people who are working the border to keep us safe.”

Morris called for comic books to return to story lines like Captain America “punching Hitler in the face.”

“And now the threat comes from ordinary Americans,” Carlson lamented. “Probably some of you watching at home, they think you’re dangerous.”

“Keep politics out of comic books,” Childers said.

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Oct. 17, 2015.

h/t: David Edwards at The Raw Story

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I had no idea how much people hated bow ties. It took me 20 years to realize that wearing a bow tie is like wearing a middle finger around your neck.
—  Tucker Carlson • On why he stopped wearing bowties. Carlson is the subject of a Brian Stelter profile in the New York Times regarding the growth of his site, The Daily Caller, which had a banner week last week due to a controversial 2007 video of Barack Obama.
People say, ‘this has already been reported.’ Well actually it hasn’t been reported. And I know, because I reported on it the first time.

Fox “News” host TUCKER CARLSON, on this.

Yes, they say shit like this and get away with it.

(via The Daily Show)

"There Really Is No Such Thing As An Assault Weapon" -Tucker Carlson

Carlson’s claim is even more obnoxious than his ties. 

A brief timeline of assault weapon history

1944: Nazi Germany develops the first mass produced assault rifle, the Sturmgewehr 44.

1947: The fully automatic AK-47 – which will become the basis for a large class of civilian assault weapons – is released into the arms market.

1962: The military begins to conduct field trials on a recently designed rifle known as the AR-15. The rifle is given the designation M16 and goes on to become the Army’s standard issue rifle. The M16 was capable of fully automatic, burst, and semi-automatic fire.

1968: The Gun Control Act of 1968, which established categories of persons prohibited from owning firearms, gives the executive branch the authority to ban the importation of non-sporting weapons. 

1980s: Semi-automatic assault weapons become widely available on the civilian market. According to the Violence Policy Center, gun manufacturers began to heavily market these weapons to make up for declining handgun sales.

1982: Guns & Ammo magazine publishes a guide to semi-automatic assault weapons simply titled, Assault Rifles.

1986: Duncan Long, an expert on firearms who wrote a widely referenced technical book on the AR-15/M16 rifle, Assault Pistols, Rifles and Submachine Guns

1988: Guns & Ammo writer Jan Libourel defines an “assault pistol” as, “A high-capacity semi-automatic firearm styled like a submachine gun but having a pistol-length barrel and lacking a buttstock.”

1989: President George H.W. Bush uses executive action to ban the importation of foreign-made semi-automatic assault weapon.

May 1994: Former presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter write a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging the enactment of an assault weapons ban.

September 13, 1994: A federal assault weapons ban is enacted as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. An estimated 1.5 million assault weapons already in circulation are exempted from regulation by a grandfather clause. The ban is hampered by loopholes allowing gun manufacturers to make cosmetic changes to banned assault rifles in order to continue to market those weapons to the public.

1998: President Bill Clinton bans the importation of more than 50 types of assault weapons, specificallyvariations of the AK-47 and UZI firearms. 

2001 - 2009: The Bush administration does away with previous executive actions restricting the importation of foreign-made assault weapons.

September 13, 2004: The federal assault weapons ban expires

November 2009: The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry trade group, releases a memo attempting to rebrand assault weapons as “modern sporting rifles." 

January 24, 2013: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduces legislation for an expanded assault weapons ban that prohibits the "sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of” 157 named assault weapons, along with any rifles or pistols derivative of the AR-15 or AK-47. The legislation also bans rifles with the ability to accept a detachable magazine that also have one or more military features including a “pistol grip; forward grip; folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; barrel shroud; or threaded barrel." 

The only, ONLY takeaway from the incident with a "reporter" from The Daily Caller during today's presidential press availability is "Dickhead Tucker Carlson defends his dickhead reporter's interrupting the President's announcement and media availability because dickhead conservatives and their dickhead 'news' outlets think they can act like dickheads whenever these tiny little dickheads feel like it, which is pretty much always." Or better yet, "Non-journalist Tucker Carlson is a rude little shit who once got very publicly told off by Jon Stewart and is still trying to live that down."
I think the left hates Trump so much, and is so intent on holding on to control of the executive branch, that I don’t think many on the left will accept a Trump presidency. Now, I’m not sure exactly what that means, but my sense is they will not see him as legitimate. For real, in a way we’ve never seen in my lifetime; they are not going to accept him as president.

Tucker Carlson

honestly something like this is sort of the libertarian case for Trump

please God let this election be the one that delivers the death blow to this empire’s legitimacy


An unexpected side-effect of the heart-wrenching gun massacre in Charleston is that the coverage on “Fox & Friends” has managed to reach all new depths of hideousness, even for the typically horrendous Fox News Channel. It’s a high-water mark (or low-water mark) in what appears to be a ramping up of the awfulness on that far-right morning zoo. Indeed, ‘Fox & Friends” could very well be the newly crowned most vile show on that network, recently outpacing the other contenders from the rogues gallery: O’Reilly, Hannity and “The Five.”

In the aftermath of the Charleston tragedy, “Fox & Friends” has descended to new and uncharted levels of idiocy