We fully understand that no matter what Michael Vick does on the football field, or what he does away from it with his work in the community, there will always be a segment of the population that’s unwilling to forgive and forget. That’s a line we’ve written many times, and one we’ll probably have to write many more.

Vick’s Pro Bowl season in Philadelphia has only pushed him further into the spotlight, a place where every syllable of his comments are scrutinized with the finest comb ever made, bets are placed on his next dog, and he’s made into easy Photoshop fodder by major “news” publications.

There is nothing wrong with this whatsoever, and it’s the future Vick made for himself when he chose to participate in dogfighting. As long as Vick holds a relevant place in the NFL, there will be cries that he’s been given a privilege that doesn’t fit his crimes.

In its most basic form, expressing an opinion in this manner is an example of free speech at work. But taking that speech too far and preaching death to a national audience is something else entirely in its most basic form: pure, unbridled hate.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Tucker Carlson…

For those of you who are unfamiliar–and if you’re one of the few who fall into that category, congratulations–Carlson is one of the many jabbering political pundits who spew nonsense on a daily basis. Carlson was performing this duty while filling in for Sean Hannity of Fox News on something called “The Great American Panel.”

Vick was discussed by the often ludicrously right-winged Fox channel because President Barack Obama recently called Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. The purpose of the call was to discuss the use of alternative energy at Lincoln Financial Field. When Vick’s name came up, Obama said he condemns dogfighting, but supports giving criminals a second chance.

Carlson doesn’t, and wants Vick dead. In the same sentence he re-affirmed his Christianity, and spoke in a manner that masked his execution belief and made it appear as though it was a passing comment.

I think–and hope–that even those who passionately despise Vick see Carlson for who he is: a lunatic spewing lunacy. But we won’t walk on those political eggshells.

Carlson did what pundits do, saying something outlandish to get his name into the always hungry viral beast. And for that, I guess he made suckers out of us, and everyone else.

At least we can all take a deep breath, roll our eyes, and take solace in the fact that Carlson has already been put in his place thanks to Jon Stewart.