ON Wednesday Mark Steyn joined Tucker Carlson of Fox News to discuss the so-called storming of the Capitol, which he writes about on his blog here.
On fire even before he went on air, he says the disconnect between Fox and its audience over the events of November 3 was as nothing to the disconnect between Fox and its audience over the events of January 6:
‘The media may be sentimental about the Capitol, but in my unscientific survey of my North Country neighbors the people aren’t. Congress has an approval rating that falls somewhere between Isis and child pornographers. Pundits and politicians can wax mawkish about “the people’s house” but you’d be hard-pressed to find one in a thousand citizens who’s ever used those words in a non-contemptuous sense – and most of the other 999 would assume that the phrase referred to some long-term care facility Andrew Cuomo moves the old folks into for his Covid express checkout.’
Like many of us he’d found the MSM coverage ‘somewhat trying‘, and issued forth his choice quotes:
‘People are surprised when a tactic that’s proved effective by one group of people, is taken up by another group . . .
‘People say “this is not who we are”. Have you not turned on the TV since Memorial Day? This is exactly who we are . . .
‘Nancy Pelosi told us she didn’t care about old statues. Mitch McConnell said he didn’t care about the names of military bases. But suddenly this old building is important now?’
During the early evening Steyn found himself wondering why the pundits were so insistent on standing on the Capitol’s dignity. The obvious reason: for the most lavishly protected legislature in the world, it was a total security fiasco ‘culminating in the murder of an unarmed woman by a (to put it mildly) totally incompetent copper firing into a crowd (which an American couldn’t do in, say, Kandahar). The rubbish about the “desecration” of the “sacred” “majesty”, etc, etc, peddled by Democrats and Republicans alike is designed to evade the vile reality of that grotesque act.’
You can watch Steyn on Tucker Carlson Tonight in full and passionate flight here.