On Tuesday, April 20, Tucker Carlson delivered a strange, unexpected segment on Fox News in which he spoke about an investigator tracking down his college yearbook.
Many online speculated Carlson was trying to get ahead of a potentially damaging story.
But what could be in Carlson's college yearbook he didn't want people to know about?
Certainly sounds like Tucker is trying to get ahead of an embarrassing story here. https://t.co/l8LyLkMQRI— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona)1618967153.0
Once the reports inevitably broke, it seems in his college yearbook Carlson claimed to be a part of the "Dan White Society."
Dan White was the former San Francisco politician who murdered openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
Perhaps this is the story that @TuckerCarlson was trying to get ahead of. In his college yearbook, he listed himsel… https://t.co/08ReHXQYGA— Travis Akers (@Travis Akers)1619016738.0
@travisakers @TuckerCarlson Tucker Carlson has not explained why he listed himself as a member of the “Dan White So… https://t.co/IkQByulrpR— Adam Rifkin 🐼 (@Adam Rifkin 🐼)1619045975.0
It seems Carlson's history of intolerance goes all the way back to his college days, when he openly praised and offered his support for a homophobic murderer.
This is almost certainly the Washington Post investigation that Carlson alluded to tonight. Dan White killed Harvey… https://t.co/FtrH928Ka8— Jeet Heer (@Jeet Heer)1618979190.0
Dan White almost killed my uncle that day, a cop. He was waiting for a meeting with the Mayor with Willie Brown and… https://t.co/vBTELfyJ4B— 🟣 Wiffy Mountbatten (@🟣 Wiffy Mountbatten)1619023463.0
Tucker Carlson named himself, in his college yearbook, as an admirer of Dan White, who killed Harvey Milk. Note, T… https://t.co/iLokbLNLwM— JRehling (@JRehling)1619031170.0
On Twitter, many people drew a connection not only to Carlson's past, but to the conservative movement's relationship with intolerance which continues today.
6. After the assassination, there were cops in San Fransisco that wore "Free Dan White" t-shirts. This was written… https://t.co/aYqtfS8GmY— Jeet Heer (@Jeet Heer)1619192298.0
For the murder of two people, including the Mayor of San Francisco, Dan White (a former police officer) was sentenced to only seven years in prison. He was paroled after serving five.
After White killed Milk and Moscone, he received unabashed support from many of his former colleagues in the city.
7. The fact that Dan White got a ridiculously light sentence (voluntary manslaughter rather than murder) for shooti… https://t.co/tpjbw1aKOK— Jeet Heer (@Jeet Heer)1619192366.0
A decade later, most people regarded White's sentencing as a miscarriage of justice, but he was still being honored by Tucker Carlson in the young man's college yearbook.
8. As a child of a very right wing family (his imbecilic younger brother is even named Buckley Carlson), Tucker Car… https://t.co/em1mrifDe2— Jeet Heer (@Jeet Heer)1619192508.0
Harvey Milk is of course the most famous/consequential victim. But Dan White, ex-cop and city Supervisor, also kill… https://t.co/xMu2OfXcIz— Clara Jeffery (@Clara Jeffery)1619044159.0
This is only the latest in a long string of damning incidents Carlson has been a part of.
Yet he remains on the air with more viewers than any other cable news program.
Btw this man was on DANCING WITH THE STARS.— billy eichner (@billy eichner)1619026243.0
Tucker Carlson started out in Dan White Society and then just shed the Dan.— Mr. Newberger (@Mr. Newberger)1619049114.0
Carlson has already signaled he does not regret his yearbook listing and it will not affect his program on Fox News.
And so now we sit back to wait for the next Carlson controversy to emerge.