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A Little Chin Music for the NY Times

Posted on | July 21, 2020 | Comments Off on A Little Chin Music for the NY Times

 

Baseball fans are familiar with the term “chin music,” otherwise known as the “brushback” pitch. If a batter is crowding the plate, the pitcher brings a fastball “high and tight” — an inside pitch, aimed at about chin level — to convey the message, “Back the f–k up, buddy.”

In the etiquette of baseball, this is fair play, understood as part of the game by all players. And this is analagous to what Tucker Carlson did to the New York Times last night:

The New York Times is threatening Tucker Carlson with publicizing where his family lives. In his most recent segment of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News, Carlson announced The New York Times is set to release an “intrusive” story about where he lives to demonstrate that they “want this show off the air.”
“As a matter of journalism, there is no conceivable justification for a story like that,” he said. “So why is the New York Times doing a story on the location of my family’s house? Well you know why: to injure my wife and kids so that I will shut up and stop disagreeing with them.”
According to Carlson, the paper assigned “political activist” Murray Carpenter and photographer Tristan Spinski to follow him and his family and publish a “where are they now?” story after violent protesters harassed them and sent them death threats for a year after discovering their previous home address. Carlson attempted to talk with the Times about the potential danger that might come with the release of his home’s location, but to no avail.
“Editors there know exactly what will happen to my family when it does run. I called them today and I told them but they didn’t care,” he said. “They hate my politics. They want this show off the air.”
Carlson has good reason to fear. In 2018, his family faced a slew of attacks on their home after a “left-wing journalist” released the address to his house in Washington, D.C. One night, Antifa members “vandalized” Carlson’s home and “threatened” his wife while he was away. The Carlson family also received death threats via mail and more Antifa visits, which eventually forced them to move.
“It felt cowardly to sell our home and leave…but in the end, that’s what we did,” Carlson explained.
Despite his concerns about his family’s safety, Carlson made a point to call out the hypocrisy of the “soulless robot editors” at the Times for trying to call this “incitement to violence” journalism. He noted The New York Times would not stand for the same kind of action from him or other conservative journalists, yet they continue to pursue it.
“They would call it criminal behavior if we did it. And that tells you everything,” Carlson said.

Oooh! That’s a fastball high and tight, and liberals are now whining that Carlson encouraged his fans to “dox” the reporters trying to dox him.

Shut up, you whiners. There’s no crying in baseball.




 

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