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UnDisciplined: dog whistlers

Gage Skidmore

About 3.2 million people watch Tucker Carlson each night on Fox News. Think about that number this way: it's the equivalent of every person in the state of Utah, all watching the same show. Every night. And when Carlson gets them riled up–some of them get really really mean.

Megan Brown is a research scientist and data engineer at the NYU Center for Social Media and Politics.

Elise Lees Muñoz is the executive director of the International Women's Media Foundation.

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