(CNN) – Kyle Rittenhouse idolatry reached new heights Monday night time when Tucker Carlson used his primetime Fox News primetime present to lavish much more reward on the teenager.
Before broadcasting your interview with Rittenhouse, Carlson stated: “During the course of our long conversation, we found Kyle Rittenhouse brilliant, decent, sincere, obedient, and hard-working.” Carlson went on to say that Rittenhouse is “exactly the kind of person he would like to have more of in his country. He’s not especially political. He never wanted to be the symbol of anything.” Later within the present, Carlson described Rittenhouse as a “sweet boy.”
None of that’s notably shocking, contemplating the best way Carlson has coated the case earlier than. But it reveals how the dominant right-wing media sector, led by Carlson, continues to work to advertise Rittenhouse as a task mannequin for others. Not solely are folks like Carlson excusing the final idea of vigilante justice, they’re actively selling it.
There are some voices within the conservative media who’ve rejected this narrative. In specific, Carlson’s Fox News colleague Gillian Turner famous earlier Monday that whereas Rittenhouse was acquitted “he is not a hero here.” As she stated, “There are no heroes, there are no winners. There is no victory lap for Kyle or anyone else.”
But Turner’s mic pales compared to Carlson’s. And it is arduous to see Carlson’s interview with Rittenhouse, by which (unsurprisingly) he attacked the media and others, as greater than only a victory lap …
“I don’t think he’s a crazy right-winger”
An hour after Rittenhouse’s interview with presumably essentially the most outstanding right-wing conspiracy theorist within the enterprise aired, his legal professional, Mark Richards, appeared on CNN and portrayed his shopper in a unique gentle. Chris Cuomo requested about Carlson, Fox News, and whether or not Rittenhouse is aligned with such forces within the right-wing media. Richards replied, “I don’t think he is … I don’t think he’s a crazy right-winger.”
Cuomo then requested Richards about Rittenhouse’s idolatry: “What kind of message do you think this sends?” Cuomo requested, noting how some gun outlets are selling gross sales tied to Rittenhouse’s identify and the way a Republican lawmaker supplied him an internship. “Is that something Kyle endorses?” Richards replied, “I don’t think it’s something he endorses. I think it sends a message that certain people are idiots …”