We're all used to Tucker Carlson making ludicrous off-the-cuff remarks in an effort to incite his conservative base. He's a regular on Fox News, where it's almost part of the culture to take things to the extreme and completely warp an issue into something much larger than it is.

While guest hosting on "Hannity" on Fox News, Carlson brought up the over-analyzed phone call President Obama made to Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie late last week. As I mentioned in an earlier article, Obama placed the call to praise the NFL organization for plans to use alternative energy at Lincoln Financial Field while also taking a moment to commend the team for giving star QB Michael Vick a second chance on the field. 

Obama was quick to condemn Vick's horrific dogfighting crimes, but also said "a level playing field rarely exists for prisoners who have completed their sentences."

Tucker, using the issue to bash the president, disagreed, saying that Vick should have received the death penalty for his crimes.

“I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances, but Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did [it] in a heartless and cruel way,” Carlson said. “And I think personally he should have been executed for that. He wasn’t.”

Nice Christian values, right?

“The idea that the president of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs [is] kind of beyond the pale,” he added.

As many people have expressed in the comments on the recent stories surrounding Vick (including the one about his desire to own a dog again), the guy is not deserving of much respect — no matter how great a football player he is.

Personally, I agree — but also believe he can be used as an example to educate and still do some good in this world to protect animals. His work with the Humane Society of the U.S. around the country is proof that there's value in second chances — especially if he saves even a few young people from heading down a similar path.

As for Carlson, he's just another Fox News puppet leveraging Vick as a way to get to Obama. His caring about dog fighting and the cruelty surrounding it is probably about as genuine as the "fair and balanced" tag line of the network he represents.

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Tucker Carlson: Michael Vick 'should have been executed'
Fox News host says the death penalty would have been the most appropriate punishment for Vick's dogfighting crimes.