Tucker Carlson's Comments on Fox News
On Tuesday, he sat in for his controversial peer, Sean Hannity, also known for his foot-in-mouth-disease commentary. Â At some point in the show, the topic about President Barack Obama's telephone call to the Eagles Franchise surfaced.
During the call, President Obama thanked the owners and management for giving Michal Vick a second chance at salvaging his scarred past. Â Vick served time in federal prison for his part in having his pit bulls fight in bloody battles. Â He was charged with cruelty to animals by raising them to fight and killing them for sport. Â He faced a felony conviction and the possibility of forgoing a decorated career as an NFL quarterback. Carlson must have been thinking, "bah, humbug".
However, the Philadelphia Eagles threw him a lifeline and welcomed him back last season. Â Since then, he has led his team to the top of his division and has a strong chance at winning a championship. Â He also received the second most votes in the upcoming Pro Bowl selection. Â Now, how's that for a man convicted of the harshest acts against animals?
Did Tucker Carlson Go Too Far in His Comments on Michael Vick?
This is an area of debate based on who you are, your religious beliefs, stance on capital punishment, whether you are an animal-lover, or if you are a demagogue. Â Let's not forget if you are a hater of the Eagles in general. Â Nonetheless, the comments Carlson made that Vick should be executed warrant some discussion in terms of the motivation behind the words.
On the one hand, what Michael Vick did was unconscionable, despicable, egregious, whatever you want to call it. Â No matter how you slice it, the act of killing dogs for sport was a bud-head of a move. Â However, our court system (among the best in the world) found him guilty due to his bad choices. Â For his part, he paid the price, lost millions, his home, friends, the trust of the public, a team, and a reputation. By all accounts, the penalty fit the crime. Â But if you're Tucker Carlson, you want more in the form of a person's life.
Granted, animals have rights. Â That's why there are laws on the books. Â However, if his argument is valid that Michael Vick should have been executed, every gun-toting deer hunter, gator hunter, poacher, and fisherman should line up for stoning and hanging. As silly as this is, this is what Tucker Carlson is proposing.
Now, he is picking a bone with hunters around the world who kill for sport. Â Perhaps the difference is that they are given a license to kill. Â What are your thoughts? Â In an age in which reporters are getting suspended or fired for less, should Mr. Carlson be given the boot?