I used to think I was smart too. There is something redeeming about possibly having been smart at one time, so don't get too concerned about how that might be perceived.
I think you have this a bit backwards. The CNN or MSNBC show producers pick the tools they want for their shows. The point here is that Tucker Carlson like a 12mm wrench. He only does tasks a 12mm wrench can do. So, CNN and MSNBC and others, when they need a 12 mm wrench, look around and find Tucker Carlson.
That would be ok, but Tucker is not made of 12 Chrome Steel. He is supposed to have some ability other than the 12mm function. We all have an opportunity to grow in our jobs, and Tucker doesn't. He is always the 12 mm wrench, and an open end one on each side, for that matter.
Robin Williams is an actor that started out with very limited roles. He is good though, and has since done many kinds of drama, all kinds of comedy and everything from adult to children's shows. Tucker could, if he was not such a single function tool, have had an influence on those shows, but, as you see it, didn't. I think he gave it his all and his fingerprints were all over the show while he was there. Unlike so many other real actors. Or professional news announcers. Tucker came, and has pretty much gone, and what we see differently here is, he had the opportunity to turn both shows into something special, and make a career for himself, and didn't in my view. In your view he had no choice but to be that 12 mm wrench. I don't see the big or little screen working that way. I see the "actors" having an influence on the shows for better or worse. Tucker's influence was on the spectrum of worse, and Stewart called him and the other "news shows" out.
Now, Stewart is an actor and entertainer. I think he has a lot to say about the content on his show. And, all told, it is my opinion that Stewart has had a positive influence on television shows in general. But hey, if I ever get smart again I will reread this and see if I still agree with myself. Jim
No, I believe you have this a bit backwards, that because you are viewing the situation through an inappropriately ubiquitous eye. As I alluded to earlier, Carlson was a 30 yo lightweight with little experience and no clout when he landed the position on Crossfire
, as such it is doubtful that he wielded any substantial influence over editorial content of the fixed format show.
Later, on MSNBC, he was given some free rein to do his own thing, and presented a very different character than the one he portrayed on Crossfire
. His failure on MSNBC was, IMHO, the result of even-handed non-partisanship, and a rather flat, generic personality. All reason, no treason makes for a dull boy.
Whether Carlson was a libertarian playing a republican while doing Crossfire, or his political bent evolved as he aged is difficult to ascertain, though there is some evidence to suggest the former.
And yes, Robin Williams and Jon Stewart are both more talented by far, than Tucker Carlson. I actually prefer Colbert to Stewart, but that's just me.