Tucker Carlson, host of Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, is one of the greatest free speech defenders of our time. Carlson grabbed the number one primetime slot on Fox News Channel where the O’Reilly Factor previously aired. Since then, he has become a leading conservative figure, who, night-after-night, displays skepticism of people in power. In his own words, he is “the sworn enemy of lying, pomposity, smugness, and groupthink.”
Most importantly, Carlson is an ardent defender of the First Amendment. His show gives a platform to the conversation of free speech like no other mainstream news show does.
Carlson fervently talks about the issue of free speech on college campuses. A segment on his show, called “Campus Craziness,” highlights the onslaught of attacks on students’ free speech rights. He hosts different guests to talk about the latest free speech controversies from both the left and the right.
When students at Evergreen State College hosted a “Day Without White People,” Carlson covered it. In fact, he hosted Bret Weinstein, the professor who was blasted for defying anti-white leftists on campus. Carlson followed the Evergreen story for several weeks, even hosting Weinstein on for a second time to follow up.
When students protested Milo Yiannopoulos’ appearance at UC-Berkeley, Carlson covered it. In fact, he had Yiannopoulos on his show just a day after the horrendous riots. While Americans in the middle of the country were awakening to free speech suppression in academia, it was Carlson who provided a platform to expose it. As Carlson puts it, the left on campus is a “snake eating its own tail.”
One of Carlson’s most notorious interviews was with Yvette Felarca, the organizer of the UC-Berkeley riots against Milo Yiannopoulos on February 1st. The interview went on for about nine minutes, exposing Felarca’s disregard for free speech and support of using violence against anyone who disagrees with her. Carlson might have been ahead of the curve on this one by highlighting her violent ways. Just last month, Felarca was arrested in Los Angeles and is now facing charges of inciting and participating in a riot and assault likely to cause great bodily harm.
Thanks to Carlson, stories that wouldn’t usually be covered by mainstream news now reach an audience of millions. His continuous defense of the First Amendment keeps the conversation alive and students fighting in the trenches are grateful for his support.