Tucker Carlson Gives Brutally Honest Speech to Aspiring Writers at CATO Luncheon

Conservative media mogul Tucker Carlson had blunt advice for young people at  a Cato Institute luncheon in Washington, DC on Wednesday afternoon.

At an event intended to teach aspiring journalists how to get noticed, Carlson told young people that the mantra that, ‘You can be anything you want to be,’ isn’t true.

“No you can’t. You can’t be most things that you want to be. Why? Because you’re not capable of it,” Carlson told the audience.

The theme of Carlson’s brutally honest speech could be summed up with this direct quote. “Most people’s voices are not worth being heard.”

Carlson spent the bulk of the hour and a half luncheon giving examples of good and bad journalists and news publications to the audience of 175 people and those watching the live stream of the event on Cato’s website. He also realistically explained to young writers should expect if they want to make it in the business and specifically at his publication, The Daily Caller.

Carlson compared working for The Daily Caller (TheDC) to being part of the Viet Cong and said writers are expected to work 20 hours . . . a day.

“And if you suck, guess what, we’re gonna fire you,” Carlson said to laughter from a room full of wannabe writers who didn’t seem to grasp that Carlson wasn’t joking.

“Our criteria for hiring are really straight forward – you need to be a ferocious and aggressive worker,” he said. “Laziness” is the one thing he said they would not put up with at TheDC.

Don’t have a journalism degree? Don’t need one, Carlson said. In fact, don’t go to college at all.

“I’m not the only crackpot who believes this,” he said. “I bet you $1,000 [sic] that five years from now, it will be a common place opinion that a lot of people should not go to college.”

Carlson said that he wishes he had not gone to college himself because it was a waste of time. He told students college was too expensive and the costs are “unsustainable.”

“It was never designed for everybody,” he said. “And I’m not being a snob here. Just let me restate – I should not have gone to college.”

Carlson told the students it would be better to work at an internship at a newspaper and get hands on experience than sit through some “government-subsidized college course” or “underwater basket-weaving for feminists or whatever” they talk about in class. To those students who think college professors are akin to sages, he told them to go work at The Washington Post.

After his uplifting speech, Carlson did take time to address questions from the audience on several unrelated issues, including his thoughts on Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart calling him a “d**k” and his personal feelings about likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

“Like I didn’t know I was a d**k before that?” he said. “Shocking.”

Of Romney, he said he didn’t know exactly how he felt about the former Massachusetts governor despite the fact that he had covered him as a reporter for years.

“My politics are not Mitt Romney’s politics,” he said, explaining that he is further to the right, or more libertarian, than Romney. “I think he would be preferable to Barack Obama that’s for sure, but so would my kids.

“Not that he’s a bad guy, but he doesn’t understand the market at all. He thinks government is the solution,” he said in a reference to Massachusetts’ health care law, AKA Romneycare.

Carlson said he was surprised Romney ended up as the nominee because Romney is the one person in the country who cannot run against Obama’s unpopular health care mandate that everyone buy insurance.

“There are only two people in world history who have signed laws containing an individual mandate. One’s the president, the other’s running against him,” he said. “So somehow out of three hundred and fifteen million Americans, The Republican Party managed to find the one guy who couldn’t run on Obamacare.”

In the end, it turned out the most inspiring part of Carlson’s speech came at the very  beginning of his speech when he told young people to “Live for today” and to “always do the most interesting thing available at the time.”

Young, positive thinkers may want to stop watching the replay of the speech there.

 

 

Comments

Comments

  1. Mike says:

    Wow what a jerkoff. If I was in that crowd, I would have boo’d his ass off stage.

  2. Marc T Grove says:

    Even if 99% of what he said is “true” I am not at all convinced anyone needs to be that negative. Maybe thats the new normal maybe some like the in your face, i will tell you the way it is style but I dont. I think many people and many young people need to get reality but also need it mixed with positive motivational messaging. IMO Carlson is just another talking head in love with his own voice.

  3. JBrenn says:

    While I think most take offense to the style of what was said, the substance is true – forgetting for a moment, the hundreds of conservative writers/journalists out there — how many times have we thought to ourselves, “Geez, that progressive journalist is a hack/d-bag/no-nothing”? I hate to break it to people, but lack of ability is not a sole fault of the left. I’d dare even say that there are as many bad writers on both sides of the political fence.
    To anyone who hears something that they don’t like, and wants to “boo” in response – seriously? Yelling over a message you don’t like? That garbage reminds me of Occupy. Why don’t we stop for a moment, reflect on how we can change ourselves for the better, and make the un-achievable attainable?

  4. bsfurg says:

    He is right about one thing Not everone needs to go to college and go into dept for years My gdaughter is in debt to be a chriopractor and it will take her years to pay for it.. my gsons just didnt fit in college but what Tucker said was to make the young kids sit up and list and them do some planning…it wont fit all of them but if he woke some of them up it was worth it…

  5. John H says:

    Heh! Did he at least had out particapatory ribbons to everyone who attended so that their esteem levels wouldn’t drop below mandated levels?

    A different kind of message delivered bluntly without any consideration for the sugar coated dreams it may shatter; I’m sure more than a few heads were close to imploding.

    Yet there are still those who would rather shout him down than admit that he has the right to say what he wants. Were all of the attendees forcibly herded into the room and tied to the chairs? Grow up and accept that there will be different points of view (probably more correct than your own) that you may be exposed to. The responsible and grown-up choices are to a) listen and debate where your viewpoints differ, or b) vote with your feet and walk away. Grow up and realize the world doesn’t owe you ANYTHING except the chance to make your own way.

  6. B says:

    Only in Washington can a person who spent his career at money-losing magazines and think tanks accuse the guy who built Bain Capital of not understanding markets. But I give Carlson credit for attempting to break would-be opinion journalists’ illusions that they are contributing anything of value to society (most are not, and let’s be real — anyone who attends this talk is a DC opinionist first and a journalist second if at all). Here’s some constructive advice he could have offered: Those aspiring writers should leave Washington and spend some time as reporters, not opinion people or political people, virtually anywhere else in the country. If, after that experience, they still want to cover Washington, then there’s no curing the patient (and the patient will be readier for the task).

  7. Jack says:

    I’m pretty sure that if you got offended just reading it, that speech was especially for you.

  8. Ed says:

    The fact that we still pay good money and spend years of our lives sitting in some government-run “learning” institution is insanity. A generation from now we will be shaking our heads in disbelief at the amount of resources that were wasting on college when we could have been educating ourselves instead.

  9. frank says:

    I worked many years in journalism. I worked with many very good journalists who didn’t get college degrees, and with some lousy ones who had advanced college degrees. But you really can’t generalize. The opposite also was true at times.

    I think the general point Carlson is trying to make, albeit flamboyantly, is that journalists get their best educations learning on the job — in the field and in the newsroom. Especially if they have good editors. Thank God for good editors.

  10. Vaccine says:

    I watched the event, and I’m pretty sure that when Carlson said “Not that he’s a bad guy, but he doesn’t understand the market at all. He thinks government is the solution” he was referring to Obama, NOT Romney. Check the video.

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