February 4, 2019
As NewsBusters previously reported, The Washington Post quickly rushed to the defense of Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam after a racially charged photo on his medical school yearbook page surfaced. The picture in question featured a man in blackface standing next to a man in a KKK robe. Fox News host Tucker Carlson singled out the Post on his show Friday night, accusing the paper of ripping the Republican and skipping the Democrat in the midst of a very competitive gubernatorial election.
“The Washington Post is not a serious newspaper,” Carlson said. “It’s a joke.” He called it “this kind of newsletter run by the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, really a shameful publication.” Carlson argued that the paper got “pretty forensic with Ed Gillespie,” Northam’s Republican opponent in the 2017 gubernatorial election. (Post blogger Jen Rubin ripped Gillespie on MSNBC as “disgraceful.”) And yet, “They couldn’t find a yearbook photo of the guy running for governor?”
Believe it or not, Carlson’s guest, liberal radio show host Chris Hahn, agreed with Carlson: “This is some of the worst opposition research I have ever seen. How none of his primary opponents or his political opponents or the local papers or the national press for that matter…found this picture is beyond me. This was a hotly contested race. You would think that they would leave no stone unturned.”
Carlson argued that The Post did not have to do any opposition research at all, they could have instead simply done some “reporting.” Carlson then indicated his desire to “get the Washington Post guys who were assigned to Ralph Northam on this show to explain how they missed this.”
This article was posted: Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6:31 am