In this world, there are dog people and there are cat people. And then there's Tucker Carlson. The way he looks at people, they might as well be dogs. The Fox News commentator put human life on a par with that of the pooches this week, affirming his belief that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick should have been put to death for dog fighting:
I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances. But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should’ve been executed for that.
Wowza. That's harsh, but not the most surprising talk for a guy who has done PSAs on behalf of pet causes before. Then again, placing killing animals on the same plane as murder would have a bigger impact on the behalf of the animals if Carlson really meant it.
Unfortunately, Carlson doesn't. If he did, he wouldn't have waited a year and a half since Vick was released from prison, where he paid for his crimes, to make the punitive pronouncement. He would have been up there on TV back in 2007, when Vick was convicted of running the Bad Newz Kennels out of his Virginia home, when the once promising star who took Virginia Tech to its first national championship had turned himself into Public Enemy Number One.
But treating humans like dogs has nothing to do with Michael Vick and his crimes against animals. For everything Vick had done up to that point, he had yet to commit the cardinal sin of conservatism. Check out the video to see just what he did wrong:
There it is. Michael Vick accepted the praise of Fox News Enemy Number One: President Obama. Well, technically his bosses accepted the president's praise, and not for dog fighting but for following the Christian teachings "turn the other cheek," but still, how dare he?
As a Virginia Tech fan and a dog lover, I'm usually the last one to defend Michael Vick. What he did was wrong, and I've been screaming that from the rooftops for years. But Carlson has to make up his mind: Is he angry that Vick hurt dogs or is he angry that Obama is a fan? Because if it's the latter, he's using Vick in the same way the quarterback once used the pit bulls -- as pawns for his amusement.
Do you think Carlson is out of line?
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