Tucker Carlson Shuts Down Editor Who Vowed To Silence Anti-Gay Marriage Views
On Fox and Friends Weekend, host Tucker Carlson, editor-in-chief for The Daily Caller, confronted opinion editor John Micek of Pennlive/The Patriot-News who announced that he will no longer be accepting, much less printing, opinions or letters that oppose same-sex marriage.
After the Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage Friday, the Pennsylvania paper announced that any opinion to the contrary of the decision would be treated as homophobic and bigoted:
PL/PN will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.’ … This is not hard: We would not print racist, sexist or anti-Semitc [sic]letters. To that, we add homophobic ones. Pretty simple.
Micek wasn’t successful in convincing Carlson that the policy had since been revised as the Fox host said the original intent was “crystal clear.” Micek disagreed:
What we were trying to do, and perhaps we missed a little bit in the execution, was to try to create a space for civil discussion in the pages of Pennlive, while allowing reasoned and intelligent debate on the issue. You know, I fully recognize that people of good will and deeply held conviction are going to differ with the high court on this decision, but our intent, I think, and we might have missed this initially, was really just to create a space for civil discussion.
“Civil discussion, really?” Carlson shot back. “What’s civil about describing people who disagree with you as bigots, comparing them to anti-Semites and racists? That’s the opposite of civil.” More