Remember when Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart ripped into FOX News commentator Tucker Carlson on CNN’s Crossfire in 2004? (They argued over what real news is and how it affects society.) While Carlson has kept his TV persona alive on TV (Fox & Friends Weekend) since that Crossfire exchange, he has spent most of his time on the Internet, and without his (former) signature bow-tie. Carlson is currently editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, a news site he founded four years ago with his old Trinity College roommate, Neil Patel, who was once chief policy advisor to Vice President Cheney.
The Daily Caller, which The Guardian once referred to as “the conservative answer to The Huffington Post,” claims to draw more than 45 million monthly pageviews. A favorite category on the site, especially among its Republican readers (they outnumber Democrat Daily Caller readers 35% to 27%) is “Caption This.” The Daily Caller posts a photograph of a liberal – Hillary Clinton is a common subject/target — and asks readers to provide captions. The results don’t make anybody look good.