Thursday, February 1, 2024

You notice how we haven't had an embarrassing UFO story for a while?

That doesn't mean they haven't been happening.

From Jason Colavito:

This week Carlson launched a subscription streaming service for his own far-right content, complete with a logo designed after the “red pill” MAGA enthusiasts use to symbolize right-wing radicalization. To promote the service, Carlson appeared on Redacted, a right-wing podcast hosted by Clayton Morris, a former Fox News anchor. During the discussion, Morris said that he and Carlson used to discuss UFOs when both worked at Fox News.
Carlson told Morris that the UFO story was one of only two that “bothered” him and left him with unanswered questions that ate at his soul. He said that he believes UFOs are non-human craft. He called the story spun by ufology “dark” and suggested that he believes there are unexposed levels of conspiracy and evil beyond the mythology of flying saucers. Carlson said that there is a “spiritual component” to UFOs and implied that he thinks they may be demons. 


Carlson went on to cite “paintings” and ancient texts in revealing that he is an ancient astronaut theorist and implied that the “darkness” had something to do with the suggestion that humanity was created or controlled by what are presumably demons. Carlson previously appeared on Ancient Aliens and has frequently played host to prominent UFO advocates, including Lue Elizondo and Garry Nolan.


  1. Interesting. I thought of the UFO-space-aliens thing as being neither left nor right, or maybe more left than right in that the space aliens thing doesn't fit into biblical fundamentalism.

    But if the belief has shifted over to the right, that can make it appealing both to right-wing pundits who can present it as an anti-government conspiracy theory, and also to center-left pundits who can use this as an issue to show how open-minded they are.


    1. Anti-vaxxers and JFK conspiracy nuts used to be if anything left leaning. Now these and virtually all other major conspiracy theories poll heavily Republican. Probably a mix of Republicans becoming loonier and the loons becoming Republican.

    2. Mark:

      I don't think it's true that anti-vaxxers used to be left leaning. I looked into this once (I can't remember when and I can't find the blog post now), and, yes, I know this is something that people say---there's some image of new-agers somewhere north of San Francisco who worship crystals---but I seem to recall that old polls did not find any association of anti-vax attitudes with political liberalism.

      JFK conspiracies, I don't know. Given that JFK is a popular hero and a Democrat, it would make sense that conspiracies about his death would be associated with the left.


    3. Andrew,

      I believe the epicenter of the modern anti-vaxx movement (specifically the autism epidemic) was West Hollywood/Santa Monica. Polls that predate that might not be helpful.

      We also might need to distinguish liberal from left here. Party ID would be particularly misleading.

      But even if there wasn't any D lean before, the YouGov poll suggests there's a big R lean now.