Who is Kirk Larsen?
He’s the 23-year-old freelance video creator who was riding the same train as The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson on Monday afternoon chugging toward Manhattan. Larsen decided to not alarm the well-known journalist by approaching him and instead passed him a handwritten note aboard the Amtrak Acela that read, “I don’t mean to cause a stir, but can I ask you a question?”
Once that was accomplished (and he somehow managed to not freak Tucker the f–k out), he asked Tucker a few questions which culminated into a “Questperience” that he posted on his Tumblr account. He asked, “Do you think Jon Stewart is Edward R. Murrow’s rightful heir?” Larsen wrote that Tucker replied that he believes Stewart has been kowtowing to his left-leaning interviewees (he “gave [Obama] fellatio” in 08) and is “a sad man,” who gets interviews no one can get, only to drop the ball when it comes to actually interviewing them.”
Larsen ran a photograph of Tucker’s head through train seats that wasn’t, ahem, creepy at all.
Details about Larsen: Larsen’s Tumblr account lists him as a “writer, filmmaker and outstander” who lives in Brooklyn. He shoots behind the scenes videos for BlackBook Magazine, and is a former intern, now contributor for GawkerTV and Films For Non-profits. He graduated from GW in 2009 and says he enjoys writing about fiction. “I did the note thing because you’re on a train and I knew Tucker was a person who deserves his right to privacy,” Larsen said in a phone interview with FishbowlDC this afternoon. “I didn’t want to be [all], hey Tucker!” Larsen said the response was pleasant. “He was effusive, he was really nice,” he said.
Larsen said he hadn’t realized Tucker is now sans bow tie. “I hadn’t seen him since Crossfire to be honest,” he said.
Turns out Larsen may not have come off as harmless as he thought he seemed. When asked about the train encounter, Tucker told FishbowlDC, “If you’re writing up your 30-second conversations with me on the Acela, you’re starved for material. I mean how bored is the guy? And what a weird invasion of privacy to write that up. Creepy.”
The result of Larsen’s “work” is here.