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Tucker Carlson: Michael Vick should have been executed

Posted By Christopher Rowe On Dec 29 2010 @ 2:06 pm In Philadelphia,Philadelphia Eagles | 2 Comments

In the two days since Peter King first reported on Football Night in America that President Obama applauded the Eagles organization for giving Michael Vick [1] a second chance, the story has moved from the sports world into cable news — where there have been some harsh comments for Vick and for Obama.


Tucker Carlson [3]  again filled in for Sean Hannity [4] on FoxNews’ Hannity tonight, and couldn’t resist. Delving into the non-issue of President Obama praising Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie for offering QB Michael Vick a second chance (following Vick’s prison sentence for dog fighting). While Carlson said he “believe[s] fervently in second chances,” he didn’t in Vick’s case. On Monday there was a fierce debate on Fox News Channel [5] about the matter, but that was nothing compared to the insanely imflammatory and completely unwarranted tripe which emanated from  Tucker Carlson Tuesday regarding Vick. Further proof that Carlson and Fox News aren’t so much fans of “news” rather fans of fabricating a story from a non-story.

[6]“I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances,” Carlson said. “Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way. I think, personally, he should’ve been executed for that. He wasn’t, but the idea that the President of the United States would be commending someone who murdered dogs?”

Video here [7] (http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2010/12/29/tucker-carlson-thinks-michael-vick-is-a-very-bad-man/ [8]).

If Carlson supports the death penalty for involvement in dog fighting, his version of Christianity is more of the Old Testament than New Testament variety – let alone those who don’t share his beliefs. Taking it a step further, who the hell ASKED Carlson for his editorial opinion in this matter?

[9]For its part the White House says that the purpose of Obama’s call to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was to discuss the use of alternative energy at Lincoln Financial Field. When the subject of Vick came up, Obama said that he condemns Vick’s crimes but believes convicted criminals should have a chance to contribute to society when they are released from prison.

Don’t get President Obama wrong: He’s glad the Philadelphia Eagles gave Michael Vick a second chance. “Everyone deserves a second chance,” said Obama. “Congressional Republicans, too, for instance.”


Obama family and First Dog, "Bo"

Simmer down, dog lovers: In his phone conversation with team owner Jeffrey Lurie, Obama didn’t ask for Vick’s phone number in order to book the MVP candidate as a pet-sitter for the first dog the next time the family heads to Hawaii.

Here’s how Lurie recalled the conversation in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King: “He said, ‘So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance.’ He said, ‘It’s never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail.’ He was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall.”


White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton

White House spokesman Bill Burton, answering to the outrage from people who detested Vick’s dog-fighting felony, quickly added that the president “of course condemns the crimes that Michael Vick was convicted of.” Everyone from White House beat reporters to sportswriters are trying to decode the reason for the president’s comments on Vick: Was he making a social statement on the imprisonment of young black males? On businesses’ reluctance to hire ex-cons?


Artists conception of modified Lincoln Financial Field

Maybe it’s this simple: While talking about the Eagles’ use of solar energy, Obama was the president. When the chat turned to Vick, Obama became a fan. The president can be both — even in the same conversation.

[13]Winning isn’t everything, it really is the only thing. It cures all. Vick has made his return to the NFL as a starting QB and played lights out with his second chance to be an NFL player. Not too long ago, supporting Vick would have been a risky move in the public eye.

Look at it this way: If you’re a Giants fan, at least he didn’t ask about the punt return. No quarterbacks were harmed in the writing of this article.

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[1] Michael Vick: http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=2107

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[3] Tucker Carlson: http://www.mediaite.com/power-grid/person/?q=Tucker+Carlson

[4] Sean Hannity: http://www.mediaite.com/power-grid/person/?q=Sean+Hannity

[5] a fierce debate on Fox News Channel: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/megyn-kelly-is-fired-up-over-obama%E2%80%99s-praise-for-michael-vick%E2%80%99s-second-chance/

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[8] http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2010/12/29/tucker-carlson-thinks-michael-vick-is-a-very-bad-man/: http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2010/12/29/tucker-carlson-thinks-michael-vick-is-a-very-bad-man/

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