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 crime."
- 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 not."
- 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."