I sometimes really wished I watched cable news. You know, among a life of reading, work, class, essays, and more at a Liberal University™, I feel like I somehow miss out on the rather illuminating shows on channels like Fox News. For anyone who might not know, Fox News is that one cable news channel that employs an anchor that declares that, you know, poverty isn’t all that bad because poor people have fridges. It is also the cable news channel that was founded and run by a sexual predator for 20 years. I am so checked out from the channel that I don’t notice when Evil Presidents of Liberal Universities™ are featured as guests (fodder for conservative viewers sitting on their couch in South Carolina eating spaghetti-o’s?).
Luckily, Melody Oliphant ’13 was paying attention to the channel and informed us that our dear old President Michael S. Roth ’78 appeared on the channel to talk to Tucker Carlson about Wesleyan’s decision to declare itself a Sanctuary Campus. Tucker Carlson is a Trinity graduate from a Middletown, but different from the one I am in now. He hails from Middletown, RI and hosts a show called Tucker Carlson Tonight every weekday on the channel at 7PM.
In the video, Carlson first questions President Roth by asking “If the Trump administration makes deportation its policy, will you give up the hundreds of millions of dollars that Wesleyan takes in taxpayer money?” Roth then goes on to challenge the notion of “hundreds of millions” and makes a jab at the Argus in the process (that’s fucked up, Roth). But then, he saves us all by making the conservative pundit visibly angry with his reasoned argument. Carlson didn’t seem able to grasp the idea that the declaration made by Roth was *shockingly* perfectly legal.
Carlson then practically begs Roth to admit that he wished he brainwashed us unthinking liberal human lavalamps a little more so that maybe, just maybe, Trump wouldn’t have been elected. Doesn’t Tucker know that, of all people, Wesleyan students historically listen to the opinions of their President the least, because like we’re so anti-establishment man?
I think we can say that we all like Roth a little more for destroying a Fox News anchor. Watch the exchange in full:
[UPDATED: Tuesday, November 22, 11:01PM]
We really messed up and forgot to mention that the Fox News host went to Trinity. Thanks to Twitter user @jarsilver for pointing this out (and Wikipedia for the confirmation):
@wesleying you forgot to point out that tucker carlson went to trinity (lol)
— jarsilver (@jarsilver) November 23, 2016