Talk about Old Testament justice. Filling in for Sean Hannity on Fox
News, Tucker Carlson said Michael Vick "should've been executed" for his
involvement in interstate dogfighting. "I'm a Christian, I've made
mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances," Carlson
prefaced. "But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and
cruel way. And I think, personally, he should've been executed for
that." The Vick controversy resurfaced this week after word got out that
President Obama praised Vick's coach for giving an ex-convict a "second chance
Many were outraged by the president's remarks but few went so far as to
advocate the death penalty for Vick. Pundits weigh Carlson's remark:
- Simmer Down! implores Glynnis MacNicol
at Business Insider: "It's probably time for cable news talking heads
to stop calling for public figures to be killed willy-nilly."
- This Is Pretty Audacious, writes Glenn Davis
at Mediaite: "There’s no question Vick has done terrible things, but to
hear a pundit openly opine that a prominent person should have received
the death penalty--and being completely sincere in doing it--is not
something you’ll see too often."
- Hold On: Did Tucker Really Mean What He Said? Hot Air's Ed Morrissey
reached out to Carlson for a follow-up explanation. "Executed? I don’t
know. I do know that 19 months is a joke," Carlson said, walking back
his initial remarks. "People get more than that for tax evasion. He
certainly shouldn’t be back in the NFL with Obama rooting for him. What
the president said is disgusting. That’s the story as far as I’m
concerned." In that case, Morrissey says "Tucker was exaggerating for
effect in order to make the point that Vick’s time didn’t fit the
- Either Way, Tucker Needs to Get Real, writes Steve Taylor at Outside the Beltway: "Look,
Michael Vick did some pretty heinous things. However, he served his
time and appears to have made amends. Beyond that, are we really going
to say that killing dogs ought to be a capital crime? I am thinking
- Carlson Is Old School, writes Michael David Smith
at NBC Sports: "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."
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