Tucker defends Pollack, attacks ‘hysterical’ bloggers.

This afternoon on MSNBC, Tucker Carlson expressed sympathy for Brookings analyst Kenneth Pollack, who has been “slammed by the left” all day. “It’s worth pointing out that you were not an apologist for the administration,” said Carlson. “You’ve been really tough on them.” Carlson said that the response to the New York Times op-ed by Pollack and Michael O’Hanlon has been “over the top” by the blogosphere, which is “a pretty hysterical place anyway.” He went on to criticize a post by Glenn Greenwald, whose name he repeatedly mispronounced. Watch it:

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ThinkProgress has compiled a list of O’Hanlon and Pollack’s “tough” comments HERE.


POLLACK: Now that is by far and away the best security situation we saw in Iraq. But it’s huge. It is a very important change from 2005 and it suggests that over time, we may be able to get there with other parts of the country too.

CARLSON: You’re taking quite a risk in writing that, as I’m sure you’ve discovered today. The response to your piece has been ferocious and really really tough. I mean, you’ve been attacked — I don’t know if you’ve had time to look online, but you’re all over everywhere, being slammed by the left. It’s worth pointing out that you were not an apologist for the administration. You’ve been really tough on them.


CARLSON: Steve, the response to this piece has been over the top. I mean, the online — the blogger — community, such as it is, is a pretty hysterical place anyway. But this is some guy named Glenn Greenwald — Grenwald — Greenwald, whatever. Some guy who writes on Salon. This “Op-Ed is an exercise in rank deceit from the start.” These two “are among the primary authors and principal deceivers responsible for this disaster.” It goes on for 11 pages. It doesn’t really address their reporting, which is to say, actually, some things are going better than we hoped.