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Watch: Tucker Carlson Says California LGBT Education Bill is 'Lying, Propaganda'

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Tucker Carlson appeared on FOX & Friends and called the California LGBT education bill in which students would be taught LGBT history "frivolous" and said "it's propaganda, it's lying."

The bill, as the AP notes, is an effort "to counter anti-gay stereotypes and beliefs that make children in those groups vulnerable to bullying and suicide."

Says Carlson: "Whenever a school is mandated by law to teach 'happy news' - non-controversial, complimentary facts about a group of people  - they are by definition excluding the unhappy facts, and therefore, lying. That's propaganda."

The Fair Education Act, as the bill is called, passed the California Senate on a party line vote of 23-14 last week.

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  1. Tucker Carlson + Faux Noise = who gives a crap?

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 19, 2011 1:48:38 PM


  2. Oh, yes, Tucker. The teaching of United States' history has always been honest and inclusive--not just "happy news". Why one of the first things American children learn in history class is that it was the settlers who did most of the scalping not Native Americans.

    Honesty in teaching history has always been our policy in this great nation.

    (this is so emotional for me right now I'm starting to weep...please forgive me.)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 19, 2011 1:58:29 PM


  3. He should know.

    Mr. Carlson is, himself, one of the unhappy facts of life for GLBT people in America, as are his dozens of viewers.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Apr 19, 2011 2:01:28 PM


  4. Really, Tucker? If gay history is simply "happy news", why the need for a gay rights movement at all? Seems to me, it is comments like Tucker's that show why gay history education is needed.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Apr 19, 2011 2:03:44 PM


  5. Tucker's distress over his made-up idea that instruction about gay history would be "happy news" unconsciously reveals his own closeted misery. He can't tolerate the idea that anything gay could be "happy" since he himself is so miserable.

    To paraphrase Scarlett O'Hara, "I can't think of anything bad enough to call him."

    Posted by: Danny | Apr 19, 2011 2:11:29 PM


  6. Rob,
    Exactly!
    Is anyone really shocked by this statement from someone on the "fair and balanced" comedy channel?

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 19, 2011 2:13:07 PM


  7. BUT, but the GOP...LOVES the gays!

    Obama IS the anti-christ!!

    Posted by: Rowan | Apr 19, 2011 2:17:45 PM


  8. OK, so wait a minute...

    A pundit interviewing another pundit is NEWS?!

    I think not. It wouldn't be any different than reporting Rachel Maddow told Chris Matthews that Republicans are schmucks. I agree with that sentiment but that doesn't make it news.

    Posted by: greenmanTN | Apr 19, 2011 2:26:01 PM


  9. Why does Carlson bring up Trotsky? I assume that LGBT awareness is about Stonewall and Harvey Milk. I believe the intent of the bill is to portray gay acceptance in the context of other minority groups fight for rights.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Apr 19, 2011 2:30:20 PM


  10. Tucker (rhymes with F**ker) would rather have HIS "happy news" of lies spread, whatever they may be rather than actual truth. But then again, he does work for Faux--so there is a learning gap, I guess. Bow Tie's too tight.

    Posted by: woodroad34wo | Apr 19, 2011 2:36:06 PM


  11. He's tired of defending people who wear bow ties from your-gay accusations.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 19, 2011 2:57:26 PM


  12. Tucker is such a moron. But he does know propaganda very well.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 19, 2011 3:18:19 PM


  13. Rememebr a few years back when Tucker claimed to have been hit on by some gay guy in a men's room and he fought back?

    JEEZ what a pathetic pillow-biter!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 19, 2011 3:50:06 PM


  14. The inconsistencies of Carlson's argument make one head spin. At first, LGBT history is a "frivolous" checklist of sexual histories, taking away valuable class time from the Magna Carta and Leon Trotsky. Okay, so it's fluff. But wait...it's not fluff! It's PROPAGANDA, designed to glorify a politically-powerful (!) minority group by presenting a checklist of whitewashed factoids. (At least that is what one presumes, as Carlson never gives an example of what he believes LGBT history would actually look like.)

    Then again, isn't this always the minority-history two-step amongst conservatives: simultaneously irrelevant and insidious?

    Posted by: Matt Connolly | Apr 19, 2011 4:09:39 PM


  15. Though, in Carlson's ever-so-slight defense, he did bat away Gretchen Carlson's leering question about what "age" this would be taught in schools.

    Posted by: Matt Connolly | Apr 19, 2011 4:49:13 PM


  16. It doesn't matter than Marie Curie was a woman, except that it shows that women can make important contributions to science and knowledge. It doesn't matter that George Washington Carver was black, except that it shows that black people can contribute to science and invention.

    We highlight people from various to groups to show that everyone is capable of great things. We don't have to teach Harvey Milk and the gay civil rights movement (though we probably should, though it's also not over yet); we can teach Alan Turing, his cracking of the Enigma code in WWII and his contributions to the development of the modern computer! Yes, it's unimportant that he was gay, but it's important to point out that that is unimportant!

    Posted by: Matt S | Apr 19, 2011 8:49:32 PM


  17. Only they would know, afterall Fox "News" is a propaganda channel

    Posted by: ravewulf | Apr 19, 2011 10:47:33 PM


  18. to quote tucker: "leon trotsky's sex life may be interesting, but is not central to why he's a world historic figure". so then no need to ignore it. or worse, hide it.

    Posted by: andnowwhat | Apr 19, 2011 10:53:50 PM


  19. MATT S!

    **claps**

    Posted by: Rin | Apr 20, 2011 8:37:38 AM


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