Tucker Carlson blasted the new children's book Why Mommy is a Democrat as "propaganda," adding that "[i]t doesn't matter what your politics happen to be. Kids ought to be immune from politics." However, in November 2005, he hosted the author of Help! Mom! There are Liberals Under My Bed! and stated: "I thought I wasn't going to like it, but actually it's a clever book. ... I hope it sells."
Many television news outlets touted a USA Today/Gallup poll putting President Bush's job approval rating at 44 percent as a success for Bush, asserting that his rating is "the highest it's been in a year." But four days earlier, the same news organizations ignored a Pew Research Center poll showing Bush's approval rating at 37 percent.
On Tucker, independent Texas gubernatorial candidate Richard "Kinky" Friedman falsely claimed that "the [Hurricane Katrina] evacuees have been responsible for 20 percent of the homicides in Houston last year." Tucker Carlson did not challenge Friedman, instead saying, "That is shocking. That's upsetting -- and good for you for having the brass to talk about it in public. You're winning me over, by the way."
Tucker Carlson baselessly claimed that "nobody, especially his friends, wants to see Al Gore run for president," but recent polling indicates that respondents would choose Gore as the Democratic nominee for president in 2008 over all other potential challengers except for Sen. Hillary Clinton. He also repeated his earlier description of Gore as a "zealot."
On Tucker, Tucker Carlson falsely claimed that when CBS chose not to air 2003 biopic The Reagans, he had "sort of agreed" that the move constituted "censorship," just as he now argues that it will be "censorship" if ABC is pressured into not running The Path to 9/11.
Tucker Carlson said that "there's probably some truth in" Sen. Conrad Burns's (R-MT) statement that terrorists are a "faceless enemy" who "drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night." Carlson claimed that "[t]here probably are cab drivers who are sympathetic to terror" and added: "I think it's funny. He didn't offend me."
Numerous media figures have asserted that a recent report purportedly identifying former deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage as Robert Novak's original source for Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA operative prove that Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were not involved in the leak of her identity. However, Armitage's role as Novak's first source is not inconsistent with Rove's and Libby's involvements in the leak -- both were original sources of the information for two other reporters.
On Tucker, while discussing Fox News' choice of Richard Simmons and Don King as Katrina "expert[s]," Tucker Carlson asked: "Our civilization -- is it collapsing? Has it already collapsed?"
MSNBC host Tucker Carlson declared that "as far as I know, the [Bush] administration hasn't been blaming mayors and governors" for the government's poor response to Hurricane Katrina. In fact, the White House's strategy of shifting blame to Louisiana officials for the poor response to Katrina has been well documented.