Pundit Watch: Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson is sort of the Paris Hilton of political punditry: he's famous for just being famous. Which is enough, it needs be said, to have your own show for a near three-year run on MSNBC. But then, Paris had The Simple Life, too.

Life with Tucker Carlson isn't so simple. He has more credentials than many of his conservative equals, having legitimate journalism chops: he was on the editorial staff of the conservative journal Policy Review, and later worked as a reporter at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (a name that shouldn't fool anyone as to its leanings by virtue of its title). He went from there to television—specifically PBS—where he co-hosted The Spin Room. That gig led Carlson to CNN (though he hung around PBS until 2005, as well), and directly to Crossfire. Not a bad pedigree, given the comparatives in his field.

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Sean Cronin