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Tucker Carlson & Blake Neff

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Over the weekend, there was a bit of a buzz around the announced “resignation” of Blake Neff, who worked for Tucker Carlson on Fox News as his head writer. A statement put out by Fox’s management suggested that Carlson would address the issue on Monday. Evidently, Carlson’s writer, Neff, had committed the Orwellian thought crime of “shitposting” on the internet under a pseudonym and had been outed by CNN’s Oliver Darcy. On Monday morning, I decided to do a write-up about the evident failure of Tucker Carlson to stick to his principles; namely, his stated opposition to the “cancel culture” that he rails against frequently on his show. I speculated that he would acquiesce to the mob with a statement of contrition. In light of the statement he gave on Monday’s show, I’ve decided to revisit this drama from another angle.

The Dissident Right has a range of views in regard to Carlson’s show. There are some who believe him to be a “gatekeeper” whose job at Fox News is to prevent sizable masses of white people from crossing beyond the boundary of civic nationalism into the taboo of identitarian and racial politics. It is undeniable that the tenor of his show never threatens to go into such territory. Still, there are many of us who hold the view that Tucker Carlson is more intellectually honest than that, and that his message has been crafted (just as aptly) to keep white people from going further to the Left, while acting as a conduit for liberating some to think more explicitly about their own racial self-interest.

In light of the controversy around his writer and the things he’s been accused of posting under a pseudonym, one thing is clear: this man who has been writing the words we’ve heard Tucker orate each and every weeknight hasn’t been afraid to cross the line in private. Therefore, it isn’t a far stretch to assume that Carlson’s own private views are more nuanced than the milquetoast civnat ideas that Fox management expects him to push.

Having said that, let’s take a look at what Blake Neff has been accused of saying, and then get into Tucker Carlson’s statement on Monday’s show.

Posting on a forum aimed at Law Students called AutoAdmit, Neff apparently made anonymous comments that veered into politically incorrect territory. I think most Counter-Currents readers will empathize with blowing off steam anonymously on the internet. After all, Leftists and POC are given carte blanche permission to openly criticize white people in the mainstream media. Undoubtedly there are many of them who cross (what’s left of) taboo lines of anti-whiteness on anonymous forums as well. Blake Neff’s act of wrongthink was dropping the “N-word,” making some jokes about black men, comments about Asians, and disclosing some personal anecdotes about an ex-girlfriend that some would call “misogynist.”

This wasn’t his real mistake, though. His faux pas was confiding the truth about his identity to someone. This someone ultimately did the dirty work of taking screenshots and forwarding them to Darcy. With all their technology, networks, and dedication, even old-time Soviet KGB would be in awe of the citizen surveillance systems that Woke Culture has created.

As of now, the tentacles of Woke Supremacy haven’t grown broadly enough to infiltrate every individual instance of wrongthink. They don’t need to be. High profile targets like Blake Neff are the equivalent of atomic missiles in the amount of destruction and fallout they can cause. Make no mistake, the day is soon approaching when they’ll run out of the higher-profile individuals, and it will be your own mother who reports your racist blasphemies to the mob. The effectiveness of this strategy has long been proven. Turn everyone against one another, and let the white masses destroy each other. Simple.

What was Carlson’s response?

What Blake wrote anonymously was wrong. We don’t endorse those words, they have no connection to the show. It is wrong to attack people for qualities they cannot control. In this country, we judge people for what they do, not for how they were born. We often say that because we mean it. We’ll continue to defend that principle often alone among national news programs because it is essential . . . Blake fell short of that standard, and he has paid a very heavy price for it.

Then he went on to attack the “ghouls” who are rejoicing in Neff’s demise.

We are all human. When we pretend we are holy, we are lying. When we pose as blameless in order to hurt other people we are committing the gravest sin of all and we will be punished for it. There is no question.

A subtle defense of Neff’s character and humanity while appeasing the people who sign his paycheck, and avoiding the hypocrisy of groveling to the mob.

On the one hand, it was disappointing. One would have hoped for his resignation to be read on live television while smugly condemning the conservative gastropods who call the shots at Fox. This would have been the heroic Tucker Carlson timeline, the one we didn’t get. Solace can be found in the fact that he didn’t flagellate and use harsh repudiating language at his ex-writer. One can get the sense that Carlson had no hand in the decision to fire Neff (let’s face it, that’s what a resignation means) and probably went to bat for him.

Still, I have to close this report with a call to action for Tucker Carlson, in hopes that he’ll fully live up to the big ideas that he expresses each weeknight on his #1 news show.

Mr. Carlson, you work for a company that put you in the position of being seen as a hypocrite. We all understand that the platform that Fox News provides you is incomparable, but we live in an era where corporate media must be destroyed in favor of honest, independent media that gives all ideas and voices a fair hearing. You are widely loved and invited into the living rooms of millions of Americans each weeknight. Like Roosevelt and his fireside chats, you’re a trusted part of these people’s lives.

They will follow you where you lead them.

I, and thousands of other dissidents, are calling for you to break ties with Fox, create a new political party, establish a new media platform on the internet, and build your support for a presidential run in 2024.

Most of us understand that your heart may not be completely sympathetic to “White Nationalism.” That’s less important than your obvious opposition to the anti-white rhetoric and biases that contaminate our culture. You are not Obi-Wan Kenobi, and we aren’t Princess Leia, but you offer us a thread of hope that America can be salvaged. If you are the man of principle you appear to be, I can only hope you give this some thought while you take your vacation. I’ll leave you with that suggestion and a debt of gratitude for what you’ve accomplished, come what may. Thank you.

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  1. Alexandra O.
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    ‘White Racial Self Interest’ — now there’s a hot potato for sure! And yet it’s the crux of everything we stand for here, as well as the message we have to get out there. And yet again, it’s the one phrase or appellation or topic that would cause an instant atomic explosion within all venues and covens of ‘The Left’ as it stands worldwide right now.
    So! I am proud to say I subscribe to all aspects and implications of ‘White Racial Self Interest’ and I’ve noticed that all the many tomes publishes here contain the same theme, though explored from many and varied scholarly directions and depths. So, the Phrase is your marching order, and the Books are your new bibles of education and inspiration. Enjoy!

    p.s. I hope Tucker Carlson stays put; he is the one ray of daily sanity still available to us who are kept at home by Mother Nature and her ‘retribution virus’ — retribution for our more egregious ecological sins. Or could it be political tampering from another source?

  2. Mac
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    I thought the statement was pretty tasteful, as much as it could be on Fox News anyway. Looking at this incident along with Daily Caller’s past associations with implicit, and explicit, pro white figures it sure seems like there’s a pattern but maybe I’m reading too much into it. He’s definitely getting pretty spicy lately though, I’m genuinely surprised they let him do the Burn Loot Murder speech, saying “they’ll come for you eventually” which cost him advertising. He also talked about Biden wanting to use demographics to create a permanent one party state if elected, even if it was in passing no one else on his network would ever mention that. When it comes to mainstream media I’ll take what I can get, it’s always going to be tightly controlled, but in my view Tucker has been very bold as of late.

  3. HamburgerToday
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Tucker isn’t going to run for office. And if he did, I wouldn’t vote for him. He’s a civic nationalist who is concerned about ‘identity politics’ knowing full-well that ‘identity politics’ only became a real problem when Whites started embracing it in large numbers. Tucker cannot offer an alternative vision for America, because he cannot offer an alternative vision for Whites specifically. He can only wring his hands and decry what he’s unwilling to create a deterrent to stop: Anti-White-ism. The only viable deterrent to anti-White-ism is White Nationalism. Tucker’s not a bad guy. He’s just not the guy. He cannot create an image of the future of America because there is no believable ‘civic nationalism’ version of the future.

    • John Wilkinson
      Posted July 15, 2020 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      You’re probably right, but only 7-8 years ago, I was a LOLbert and more or less a civnat. Even when the winds started to really shift circa 2013-2015 when the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown events occurred, and I began to wet my toes with race realism vlogs on YouTube, I was not fully on board with ethnonationalism and held onto a notion that as long as the constitution could be equitably enforced to ensure whites our rights, that these issues could ultimately be dealt with. Of course, 5-6 years later, I know this to be false. I know that our rights have only been further eroded and will continue to be as long as the ascending POC are dictating their demands and whites don’t assert themselves.

      Over the last 5 years my awareness became more acute and I understand that the oppositional force to woke supremacy must be not only equal to but stronger than the forces of the left. Which ultimately means white nationalism.

      Anyway. My point is that Tucker might just be a little more of a realist than he lets on. But more importantly, his views might be malleable enough, as mine were, to accept the truth. One can hope.

  4. Mike
    Posted July 16, 2020 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    It was probably a wingnat piece of sh*t that sold out Neff in an autistic purity spiral, same as they did to Ricky Vaughn and others.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted July 17, 2020 at 1:54 am | Permalink

      It is at least possible. And the fact that it is possible is bad enough. We don’t need to jump to conclusions.

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