Tucker Carlson is targeting Howard Stern for his off-brand, more conservative views on COVID-19. The Fox News host has deemed the radio personality a coward for backing down from his former shock jock persona following his recent comments on the virus.
The television news host spent a portion of his political talk show, ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ on Thursday discussing the comments Stern made on his Sirius XM Satellite Radio program on September 7, 2021 and January 3 and 19 of this year. Carlson also posted a clip about his commentary on Stern from his cable series on his Twitter page yesterday.
Carlson began his statements about his fellow media personality on Thursday by stating he respected him and career accomplishments. But the FOX News host rightfully used his freedom of speech to fully express this thoughts about Stern’s comments, which included calling him a coward.
“Howard Stern, by any measure, is one of the great radio hosts of all time,” Carlson began. “He has made a huge amount of money for doing what he does, but there is a reason for it. He was incredibly brave, vulgar yes, but truly talented, above all courageous.”
The television news host also listed what he felt were the radio host’s greatest accomplishments, which included fighting for free speech and against government censorship. Carlson then used his own freedom of speech to note that he feels “Maybe it was coronavirus that broke him, maybe it was hormonal changes from middle age, but he is now a coward. His broadcast is now about cowardice.” The FOX News host added that he disagrees that Stern is “Amplifying his fears about corona over the air, and attacking anybody else who has decided to live life as a free person.”
Carlson then played an extract from Stern’s September 7, 2021 show to emphasize his thought that the latter has become a coward since the start of the pandemic. “When are we going to stop putting up with the idiots in this country, and just say, it’s mandatory to get vaccinated,” the once-infamous DJ said during his show.
The television host then played a snippet from Stern’s January 3 show, in which the latter criticized Oprah Winfrey for hosting large gatherings at her home last month for Christmas. “I’m really amazed by Oprah, I really am. I mean, on her Instagram, she likes to take you into her house where every night of Christmas is a big party, like a celebration,” the radio personality said. “She flies in a different chef. and I’m, you know, it’s getting very confusing to me.”
Stern continued: “You know, I see what’s going on with COVID. Everyone’s got it. Everyone’s sick. People have 104 fever. I don’t want to have 104 fever. I don’t want to get sick, so I’m hiding. But everyone else is out running around. I see Oprah, she’s having dinner parties.”
Carlson continued to mock the DJ by claiming he had “declined into this quivering mass of neuroses and hatred.” The FOX News host is just one of many people who have criticized Stern for his comments from his show this past Wednesday, January 19. On that broadcast, the radio personality argued that if he was in charge, anyone who wasn’t vaccinated and became sick with COVID shouldn’t be treated in a hospital.
“If it was up to me, anyone unvaccinated would not be admitted to a hospital. At this point, they’ve been given plenty of opportunities to get the vaccine,” Stern said on his show earlier this week. He added: “They don’t trust our government. They think that there’s some conspiracy to turn them into a magnet, or something like this.”
The radio personality continued his insensitivity to people who may not be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine, in part due to having other medical conditions that make the vaccine unsafe for them, or not having accessibility to medical care facilities that are offering it. He said: “Now if you don’t get [the vaccine] in my America, all hospitals would be closed to you. You’re going to go home and die.”
Carlson concluded his thoughts about Stern’s comments by saying: “there is something sad about this.”