Dear Young People: You Suck!

by Nathan Harden - Fix Editor on April 13, 2012

The boyish-faced, bow tie wearing Tucker Carlson insulted a group of aspiring journalists at a recent forum hosted by the Cato Institute, basically telling them, ‘None of you are good enough to work for me.’

Red Alert Politics called it “a brutally honest speech.”

At an event intended to teach aspiring journalists how to get noticed, Carlson told young people that the mantra that, ‘You can be anything you want to be,’ isn’t true.

“No you can’t. You can’t be most things that you want to be. Why? Because you’re not capable of it,” Carlson told the audience.

The theme of Carlson’s brutally honest speech could be summed up with this direct quote. “Most people’s voices are not worth being heard.”

Carlson spent the bulk of the hour and a half luncheon giving examples of good and bad journalists and news publications to the audience of 175 people and those watching the live stream of the event on Cato’s website. He also realistically explained to young writers should expect if they want to make it in the business and specifically at his publication, The Daily Caller.

Carlson compared working for The Daily Caller (TheDC) to being part of the Viet Cong and said writers are expected to work 20 hours . . . a day.

“And if you suck, guess what, we’re gonna fire you,” Carlson said to laughter from a room full of wannabe writers who didn’t seem to grasp that Carlson wasn’t joking.

Gee, Tucker. Smug much?

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