After the stupid Journolist nonsense that Tucker Carlson used to launch his gossip site, you'd think maybe he would have learned something. But when one is a perennial middle-schooler in a bow tie, it would appear otherwise. Today we discover Tuckie's effort to pile insult onto injury, ostensibly to get Keith Olbermann fired after his suspension last week.
Via Yahoo News:
So it was interesting to see that Olbermann allegedly sent some angry emails to the Philadelphia Daily News' Stu Bykofsky using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phawker.com, which published the exchange, claimed it was "guaranteed 100% for real."And Bykofsky later confirmed to media industry watcher Jim Romenesko that he was writing to email@example.com, which he believed to be Olbermann.
Although emails were indeed sent back and forth, it wasn't Olbermann on the other end.
I honestly have no words for how stupid this is. But here's what it proves beyond all doubt: Tucker Carlson is a psychopath and a douche with absolutely no integrity. Here's how he reacted when he was caught:
Carlson, reached by phone Tuesday night, confirmed he impersonated Olbermann in the email responses to Bykofsky.
"Could you resist?" Carlson said. "It was just too funny. The flesh is weak."
Carlson said he didn't expect the email exchange to be published.
To which I call BS. You don't send emails to a newspaper reporter bashing someone like Phil Griffin in the middle of one of the biggest shitstorms MSNBC has ever seen and NOT expect them to be published. Of course he expected them to be published. He longed for them to be published. He fantasized that his little impersonation would get Olbermann fired for good. I guarantee it.
Speaking as the parent to three kids who all have grown up online, I feel qualified to assign the correct term to Tuckie's little prank. We call it bullying. It's a subtle form of bullying for sure. It's the kind where catty girls spread the rumor online that that girl they don't like so much is sleeping with the football team. That kind of thing. It's a highly-evolved middle school art form that 99% of the population outgrows by the time they go to college.
In Tuckie's case, it seems he's just stuck in 7th grade with a psychopathic hatred for Keith Olbermann.
Also, advice for Stu Bykofsky: The Google is your friend. So is BetterWhois.com.