Tucker Carlson’s whitewashing of QAnon is dangerous and irresponsible

Fox News host Tucker Carlson had an interesting and downright asinine take on March 5, arguing that followers of the infamous conspiracy theory known as QAnon were “gentle people waving American flags.” Of course, such a statement is absurd, as QAnon supporters were involved in much of the violence at the Capitol on January 6th, including Ashli Babbit. Babbit was one of the five people who died on Capitol grounds on that infamous day, although she, unlike the others, was killed by police when she attempted to breach the Speaker’s hall. …


Anonymous sources are flawed, but critical parts of journalistic practice

Fake news! This is the common refrain for many conservative partisans when faced with embarrassing news. Allegations of sex trafficking are lies spread by the liberal media, all part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to undermine conservatives by the ‘Leftists.’ Allegations that Trump called dead soldiers ‘losers’ are lies by the deep state, says the partisan. And while it’s easy to dismiss this attitude as rank partisanship, the recent dismissal of new stories is based on a seemingly innocuous but incredibly flawed idea of how the news operates. To some on the right, the use of anonymous sources is an act…


Carlson’s demagoguery keeps his audience angry and hostile to the system that should hold them to a higher standard

With an increasingly hostile political environment, there have been several loud and boisterous personalities on the big screen. They yell, rant, and rave about the day's news, many times ripping into their critics with an unyielding fervor that satiates their audiences. It is a part of the new political atmosphere, people reward boldness, but with this new media ecosystem, there are a few commentators who take that intensity to a new and dangerous level. Tucker Carlson is one such person.

Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson, has been a media figure for decades. Ever since he began his career working for the…


In excess, yes, but when it comes to allowing every fascist to have a platform to harass and belittle to silence other people's speech, then I have to draw a line. Nick Fuentes has crossed that line.


Nick Fuentes’ repeated acts of prejudice merit a permanent ban from Twitter, if not all of social media.

Social media is a contentious thing, with numerous controversies spawning from the multifaceted form of communication. However, Twitter has been the center of numerous controversies surrounding its rules and its inability to handle white nationalists, especially with Trump’s posts emboldening them. In some cases, Twitter has taken action against the most heinous examples of bigotry. In one example, Stephen Molyneux, an infamous white nationalist, and misogynist was banned off of the platform. However, many white nationalists remain active on Twitter. …


Ben Shapiro’s arguments defending Georgia’s new restrictions on voting are typical bad faith conservative talking points.

American democracy depends upon the consent of the governed. Many Americans have been saturated in that concept throughout their life. Indeed, much of the discussion surrounding the Civil Rights Era is tailored to the right to vote, if nothing else. And yet, questions about how those rights are manifested remain alive and well. With Georgia’s recent law on voting rights, those questions have now a partisan and racial meaning, creating intense controversy over what it means to vote in America. Though widely condemned as inappropriate and cruel, the law in Georgia has a few defenders. …


Iowa lawmakers’ willingness to engage in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and policy speaks volumes about the state’s priorities.

Transgender rights are human rights. The phrase has been uttered many times before by many a trans advocate. It’s a powerful statement, to be sure, as it draws upon the dignity inherent to all human beings and applies that dignity to an entire group of people who would otherwise be disregarded by society. It’s a phrase I support. But, on its own, it’s just a phrase. It rings hollow in the face of a state that is consistently trying to restrict and marginalize transgender rights within its jurisdiction, as the state of Iowa is trying to do right now.

To…


The Saudi government’s sins present an opportunity to kick an atrocious monarchy to the curb.

The U.S. officially acknowledged that crowned Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the murder of Jama Khashoggi on Friday. The report, now publicly available, throws a wrench into the controversial relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. The report’s content is sure to put the Biden administration in an uncomfortable position politically, but it is a call to action for human rights activism.

So far, President Biden has not acted against Mohammed Bin Salman, the man responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s death. Instead, he has put travel restrictions on other Saudis who were involved in Khashoggi’s murder, as well as members…


The selfish arrogance of the anti-Mask movement is obscene, cruel and worthy of one thing: condemnation

The United States officially lost 500,000 people to COVID-19, NPR reported on Monday, marking an untenable loss of life that could’ve been avoided. It is a dark moment in our country’s history, not unlike the death and destruction wrought by the 1918 Pandemic, which killed 675,000 Americans. However, the deaths haven’t stopped and will likely increase throughout the year, a tragic reality that many Americans feel helpless to stop. Despite those feelings, however, Americans are far from helpless and have the means to help stop this unnecessary and tragic wave of death. …


How so-called skeptics disregarded the testimony of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

It is a sad thing to witness a controversy in motion, more so when the controversy is manufactured. Even more so when the topic being raged over is sensitive in its nature. Such was the case with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s testimony from last week. And it was painfully predictable.

Last week, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez decided to reveal some of her personal experiences with the capitol riot in an hour-long video on her Instagram. The video was largely based on her memory and was off the cuff, trying to provide a general sense of the events that happened to her bit by…

Conor Kelly

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