Progressive commentator Jimmy Dore has been flamed by liberals after he called for the pardoning of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. His crime wasn’t advocating for Assange, but doing so on Fox News’ ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’.
Appearing on Carlson’s show on Friday, Dore spoke out against the left’s support for the tech industry’s censorship of conservatives and Trump supporters.
“The first person to be deplatformed was WikiLeaks and Julian Assange,” Dore argued. “A great way for Donald Trump to stick the thumb back in the eye of these people, is to pardon Julian Assange. If he knows what’s good for freedom of speech and freedom of the press, he should pardon Julian Assange” Dore continued.
.@jimmy_dore: “This would be a great way for Donald Trump to stick the thumb back in the eye of these people, is to pardon Julian Assange. If he knows what’s good for Freedom of Speech & Freedom of the Press, he should pardon Julian Assange.”.@TuckerCarlson: “I totally agree.” pic.twitter.com/t4xzZwOZ3Z
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) January 16, 2021
Carlson agreed, claiming that Dore’s arguments were instrumental in changing his mind on Assange, who has been charged with espionage for publishing classified documents, some of which exposed US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Carlson has a close relationship with President Donald Trump. He reportedly helped talk Trump out of attacking Iran in 2019, and by his own admission convinced the president to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously last year. An argument made on Carlson’s show stands a good chance of reaching Trump, and Dore’s plea for Assange’s pardoning likely caught the president’s ear better than any viral tweets or online petitions have thus far.
Yet to liberals, any argument made on Carlson’s show is seemingly invalid the moment it hits the airwaves. Though he often features left-wing guests and frequently agrees with their arguments, Carlson is vocally right-wing, and his scathing criticism of such liberal causes as ‘Black Lives Matter’ has made him the target of advertiser boycotts and earned his show the nickname “the white power hour.”
These establishment-friendly liberals accused Dore of ignoring “fascism” and helping Carlson further his “far-right agenda,” in the words of liberal pundit Emma Vigeland.
Tucker isn’t a dummy. He knows that investing in a “leftist” who is driving a wedge in the left is good for his far-right agenda.It also helps when all that “leftist” does is attack Democrats and ignore fascism. Perfect guest for his ends! pic.twitter.com/TPWXXpB1dw
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) January 16, 2021
Every entitled blowhard who gains a bit of popularity on the left ends up complaining about “censorship” on Tucker eventually. It’s like a rite of passage. https://t.co/x4dDyjNxLe
— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) January 16, 2021
Carlson brings people like Dore and Greenwald on to legitimize himself and to recruit among their fanbases.
— Noah Berlatsky (@nberlat) January 16, 2021
Dore has been slated by these same liberals since he started a campaign last month aimed at pressuring Democratic superstar Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to oppose House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bid to reclaim her speakership unless a vote on universal healthcare was brought to the floor. The Young Turks network founder Cenk Uygur was among the most vocal critics of Dore’s plan, and with Dore having worked for TYT before, his ex-colleagues – including Viegland – lined up against him.
But the controversy over his interview with Carlson drew new eyes to the argument for Assange’s freedom.
Jimmy Dore’s Tucker Carlson appearance, in which he advocated for a Trump pardon of Julian Assange, is now trending on Twitter. Than you to everyone who helped make this happen — especially those who complained about it. pic.twitter.com/UvjhLmSykM
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) January 16, 2021
The segment also reminded onlookers that the goals of the mainstream, liberal left, aren’t always the same as those of the dissident left.
Jimmy called for pardoning Julian Assange on the network that Trump watches most. Meanwhile other networks are either ignoring Assange’s persecution or smearing him. And I’m on the left, and I don’t see Jimmy driving a wedge. I see him getting unfairly attacked/accused.
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) January 16, 2021
Dore isn’t driving in a wage in the “left”. Y’all doing the bidding of the imperialist capitalist class did that yourselves. Emma’s fake concern is really just her mad that media won’t universally censor voices like Dore. He make people realize that the Dems aren’t worker friends https://t.co/drcM22qKgx
— Melania’s Child (SAM 2.0) (@twnkforchrist69) January 16, 2021
Simple question: do you want Assange freed or not? If yes, then you really can’t be mad at this appearance. Don’t lose sight of the end goal.
— Justin Jackson (@J_ManPrime21) January 16, 2021
So I log onto this website to find American lefties arguing that going on a show Trump watches to lobby for a Julian Assange pardon is… a bad thing? What the actual fuck, people? How are you getting dumber?
— Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ (@caitoz) January 16, 2021
As the argument played out online, Assange himself remains behind bars in the UK. Though a judge denied the US government’s request for extradition earlier this month on humanitarian grounds, Assange was denied bail and will stay in a high-security prison while the US appeals the denial of extradition.
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