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Tucker Carlson angry at Foxnews for releasing his phone number.
Washingtonpost ^ | 09/28/03 | Howard Kurtz

Posted on 09/28/2003 10:49:52 PM PDT by Pikamax

Phone Wars

CNN's Tucker Carlson thought he was having a bit of fun when, during a "Crossfire" segment in which he defended telemarketers, he was asked for his home number but recited the number of the Fox News Washington bureau instead. Fox retaliated by posting Carlson's unlisted Virginia number on its Web site.

After his wife was deluged with obscene calls, Carlson says, he went to Fox's Capitol Hill bureau Friday to complain, and was told his number would be taken down if he apologized on the air. Fox spokeswoman Irena Briganti says Carlson was "completely irresponsible" and that the bureau was "inundated" with "vicious phone calls. . . . CNN threw the first punch here. Correcting his mistake was good journalism."

Carlson, who apologized on "Crossfire" but also criticized Fox's form of retaliation, now says: "They're a mean, sick group of people. Don't harass my wife and kids. Even the Mafia doesn't do that."

Howard Kurtz hosts CNN's weekly media program.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bowtieboy; cablenewsnetwork; chickennoodlenews; cnn; cnnschadenfreude; crossfire; girlyboy; howardkurtz; schadenfreude; tuckercarlson
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1 posted on 09/28/2003 10:49:53 PM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax
Tucker, you had it coming.
2 posted on 09/28/2003 10:50:31 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: Pikamax
tisk tisk tisk.... can't take the heat shouldnta went into the kitchen tucker.
3 posted on 09/28/2003 10:53:02 PM PDT by suzyq5558 (God bless America ,land that i love.)
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To: Pikamax
STAY OUT OF THE BATHROOM IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE REFRIGERATOR!!

 

 

Er....or something like that.

 

4 posted on 09/28/2003 10:53:38 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: July 4th
Very unprofessional conduct by both parties, IMHO.
5 posted on 09/28/2003 10:53:44 PM PDT by kms61
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To: Pikamax
I wonder what Tucker Carlson looks like when he's angry. Does his bowtie spin?
6 posted on 09/28/2003 10:54:41 PM PDT by My2Cents (Well...there you go again.)
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To: Pikamax
This guy calls himself a Conservative? Please.

Carlson, you started this. Be a man and accept the consequences.

7 posted on 09/28/2003 10:54:48 PM PDT by martin_fierro (Make a Jazz noise here)
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To: martin_fierro
Exactly. He's a wuss.
8 posted on 09/28/2003 10:55:49 PM PDT by Hawkeye's Girl
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To: Pikamax
Yeah, Fox. Don't put Tucker Carlson's home phone out on the airwaves.

...Bill Press, on the other hand...
9 posted on 09/28/2003 10:56:54 PM PDT by RichInOC ("America loves a winner...America will not tolerate a loser.")
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To: Pikamax
Tucker Carlson, after being asked for comments by the Washington Post for this story.


10 posted on 09/28/2003 10:57:43 PM PDT by Green Knight (Looking forward to seeing Jeb stepping over Hillary's rotting political corpse in 2008.)
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Go easy on the guy. Any man who can stomach an hour of Bill Press each day can't be that spineless. Besides...he's one of the good guys.
11 posted on 09/28/2003 10:59:38 PM PDT by South40 (Vote Mcclintock, elect bustamante)
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To: Pikamax
"They're a mean, sick group of people." -
Tucker Carlson referring to FoxNews

Well, Tuck, when CNN cans your a$$ I hope you can remember the number for MSNBC 'cuz you have no chance of getting a job again at Fox.

12 posted on 09/28/2003 11:04:39 PM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: Pikamax
Tucker's just angry because his oh-so-clever little stunt backfired. Fox could have stayed above the fray, but I think the results were hilarious enough to dismiss a minor indiscretion such as this.
13 posted on 09/28/2003 11:06:53 PM PDT by UncleDick
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To: Pikamax
Well think of it from Fox's angle. All of a sudden they're getting angry calls that they have to screen because Tucker pulled a prank so they directed them to the proper source.
14 posted on 09/28/2003 11:08:58 PM PDT by Bogey78O (The Clinton's have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured/killed -Peach)
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To: Bogey78O
Personally, I think it's worse to give out someone's business number instead of their personal line. Irate callers tying up the Fox corporate lines could result in a loss of revenue. Getting called at home is irritating, but it doesn't impede the proper functioning of a corporation.

Besides, what makes the obscenities directed at Carlson's wife any worse than those received by the operator at Fox?
15 posted on 09/28/2003 11:13:27 PM PDT by UncleDick
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To: UncleDick
My thought exactly!
16 posted on 09/28/2003 11:21:30 PM PDT by FormerlyAnotherLurker (I gotta learn to type faster so I don't have to "ditto" other posters and pay attention to 1 window!)
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To: Pikamax
People who live in glass houses, etc.
17 posted on 09/28/2003 11:23:18 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Pikamax
Tucker started it by thinking it was real funny

I guess he's not laughing now .. Maybe he'll think the next time before giving out a phone number
18 posted on 09/28/2003 11:24:08 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: kms61
Very unprofessional conduct by both parties, IMHO.

I agree.

19 posted on 09/28/2003 11:26:03 PM PDT by nutmeg ("The DemocRATic party...has been hijacked by a confederacy of gangsters..." - Pat Caddell, 11/27/00)
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FoxFan ping!

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20 posted on 09/28/2003 11:27:05 PM PDT by nutmeg ("The DemocRATic party...has been hijacked by a confederacy of gangsters..." - Pat Caddell, 11/27/00)
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To: South40
I don't think he's one of the good guys. He attacks Bush on his death Penalty stand and still supports McCain. If he's against free speech through CFR, exactly what makes him a good guy?
21 posted on 09/28/2003 11:29:40 PM PDT by #3Fan
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To: Pikamax
Tucker Carlson attempted to get the Fox News Washington bureau SHUT DOWN and prevent them from doing business. That is against the law, and he's lucky he didn't have criminal charges filed against him. What Fox did in response is nothing compared to what they could have done.

By the way, Tucker was on Tim Russert's CNBC show this weekend with AL FRANKEN. I have no idea why they were appearing together, as I refused to watch, but from the few moments I did see, they didn't exactly appear to be acting adversarial towards each other.

22 posted on 09/29/2003 12:34:05 AM PDT by Timesink
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23 posted on 09/29/2003 12:35:37 AM PDT by Timesink
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To: July 4th
I think it was nice of Fox to give out little tuck's phone number to insure he got all his phone calls.
24 posted on 09/29/2003 1:05:48 AM PDT by dts32041 (Is it time to practice decimation with our representatives?)
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To: Pikamax
Carlson's been at CNN so long he's begun to parrot the propaganda.

Hey, Tucker. Resign. Take a long vacation. Then start over somewhere else.

26 posted on 09/29/2003 1:35:57 AM PDT by Savage Beast (The American Heartland--the Spirit of Flight 93)
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To: Pikamax
Turn about is fair play; how does it feel to be "tucked"?
27 posted on 09/29/2003 1:59:22 AM PDT by Atchafalaya
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To: Pikamax
Whine whine whine....boo hoo........poor lil baby boy!
28 posted on 09/29/2003 2:25:39 AM PDT by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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To: Pikamax

29 posted on 09/29/2003 2:56:02 AM PDT by putupon (Those who disagree w/ me need sense beaten into their hard heads with a Blunt Instrument of Truth.)
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To: Mo1
Tucker's action are similar to the press who know the truth of a story and still report half truths. They avoid telling the story of a young boy ravaged by to men but scream about homophobes.

Tucker is on the "inside" and thought he could do something funny, tell a half truth, cause the press NEVER PAYS a penalty for thir actions. He just got a new lesson and so did the Press.

30 posted on 09/29/2003 5:35:52 AM PDT by q_an_a
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To: q_an_a
Tucker Carlson is a Metrosexual!
31 posted on 09/29/2003 5:51:48 AM PDT by albee
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Good one!!
32 posted on 09/29/2003 5:54:12 AM PDT by Maria S (I know a little bit about how White Houses work. Hillary Clinton, 8/26/03)
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To: My2Cents; MeeknMing
I think Tuck should wear a beanie with a spinning propellor on it

Should rotate like crazy on CNN
33 posted on 09/29/2003 6:01:48 AM PDT by autoresponder (go ahead - make my expresso stronger!)
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To: Pikamax
"I need the phone free so I can order some more clip-on bow ties"
34 posted on 09/29/2003 6:04:40 AM PDT by Redcoat LI
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To: Pikamax
Call the Waahhhhhhhh-mbulance!

Don't harass my wife and kids. Even the Mafia doesn't do that.

Neither did FoxNews. Private citizens made the calls. Does poor Tuckey think FoxNews assigned some interns to phonebank him into oblivion? LOL

35 posted on 09/29/2003 6:04:48 AM PDT by Petronski (Pummeluh pummeluh pummeluh)
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To: Pikamax
Mr. Carlson, on the air, specifically asked people to call him at home. He somehow inadvertently gave out the wrong number (that of Fox) and they simply corrected the record so he could get the calls he solicited.
36 posted on 09/29/2003 6:09:26 AM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: Pikamax
But the callers have a right to free speech. And they're rights are even greater than the telemarketers, because this isn't merely "commercial" speech, it's political free speech. What a hypocrite. Why doesn't he just list with each of these callers the fact his doesn't want them to call again? What could be simpler?
37 posted on 09/29/2003 6:18:09 AM PDT by cookcounty
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To: Pikamax
Paybacks are a BI*CH!
38 posted on 09/29/2003 6:19:32 AM PDT by lawdude (Liberalism: A failure every time it is tried!)
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To: Pikamax
suck it up Tucker. Take some time off and get a hair cut.
39 posted on 09/29/2003 6:19:53 AM PDT by pointsal
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To: UncleDick
" Getting called at home is irritating, but it doesn't impede the proper functioning of a corporation."

Yeah, multiple mass-dialing of homes only impedes the proper functioning of mere families.

40 posted on 09/29/2003 6:23:03 AM PDT by cookcounty
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"Go easy on the guy. Any man who can stomach an hour of Bill Press each day can't be that spineless. Besides...he's one of the good guys."

I agree. And giving out an public office # that can be looked up by anyone who calls 411 is QUITE different from giving out an unlisted, HOME phone number.
41 posted on 09/29/2003 6:26:39 AM PDT by proud American in Canada ("We are a peaceful people. Yet we are not a fragile people.")
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To: UncleDick
Personally, I think it's worse to give out someone's business number instead of their personal line. Irate callers tying up the Fox corporate lines could result in a loss of revenue. Getting called at home is irritating, but it doesn't impede the proper functioning of a corporation.

Plus, it's a lot more practical to change a private number if it comes to that.

42 posted on 09/29/2003 6:29:02 AM PDT by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: Pikamax
Put some ice on your piehole and sit on it Tucker!
43 posted on 09/29/2003 6:32:27 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (May our brave warriors kill all of the Islamokazis/facists/nazis to prevent future 9/11's.)
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To: Timesink
I did watch Tucker and Franken on Russert and while I can't understand Tucker's politics, I admired the way he made Franken look like an angry, whiny left wing idiot. Franken got so angry at Tucker's only resposnse to his diatrabes being a smirk that he couldn't conntain himself. So funny.
44 posted on 09/29/2003 6:36:30 AM PDT by upcountry miss
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To: Pikamax
What is good for the goose is good for the CNN panderer.
45 posted on 09/29/2003 6:42:20 AM PDT by hgro
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To: Pikamax
Giving out someone's unlisted home number is nothing less than reprehensible. Doing so was mean and vicious. And the people that made the obscene calls to his home are the scum of the earth and not fit to be called human beings. There's right and wrong. Giving out Carlson's home phone number was just plain wrong.
46 posted on 09/29/2003 6:43:26 AM PDT by DaGman
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To: Pikamax
Whether or not the wife recieved any obscene calls is beside the point. The point is the tiff was between Tucker and Fox. Fox went too far by involving his family. Fox doesn't need to stoop to CNN games. Stick to fair and balanced news.
47 posted on 09/29/2003 6:46:34 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: mtbopfuyn
Watch Carlson. He will be the new David Brock.
48 posted on 09/29/2003 6:52:46 AM PDT by gaspar
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To: Timesink
Now wait, Carlson just gave out a number which, as far as I know, is public. I would assume Carlson -- unless he's a complete and utter moron -- has his number unlisted. If Fox News wanted to respond in kind, they should have posted the number to the CNN news bureau or something like that.
49 posted on 09/29/2003 6:58:27 AM PDT by AmishDude
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To: Pikamax
Tucker brought a knife to a gunfight. And he started the gunfight. What a maroon.
50 posted on 09/29/2003 6:59:02 AM PDT by surely_you_jest
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