Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson

Inside Media: The 2008 Presidential Campaign

May 31, 2008

Guest: Tucker Carlson

What strikes Tucker Carlson, MSNBC’s senior campaign correspondent, most about Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is what he calls "the disconnect between the rhetoric of change and the reality."

"I think Obama is smart enough to know that people want cosmetic changes," he said. "They don’t want structural changes. If voters ever perceive that Obama has any intent of bringing real change, he’ll never get elected," Carlson said.

Carlson, former host of "The Situation with Tucker Carlson" on MSNBC and "Crossfire" on CNN, also discussed his 13-year career in print and broadcast journalism.

"For the past eight years, I’ve been completely accidentally working in television," he said.

Carlson called on the press to make a greater effort to lead rather than pander to public tastes.

"I think there is a small, but still significant, moral component to the news business that demands you tell people what you determine in your good judgment they need to know. That is our charge. And that is what it means to uphold the First Amendment."

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