Britain's Despair and the Media Matters Campaign to Destroy Tucker Carlson

Lula Sharp
March 15, 2019

The liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America this week released two batches of recordings Carlson made as a guest on a radio show where he made denigrating remarks about race and gender.

The answer from the show's co-hosts was a resounding "good". He goes on to muse about marriage, asking "don't you think-I mean, if you had a wife that dumb would it be good or bad?"

Facing heat from observers across the political spectrum, Carlson has repeatedly refused to back down, condemn his past comments or apologize.

Fox News did not respond to Fortune's request for comment.

In a monologue Monday, he added that his network stood resolutely behind him.

More audio of Tucker Carlson spewing controversial speech, this time sexually charged in natured about an underage Miss Teen USA contestant, has surfaced.

"Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day", Carlson said.

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Activists such as Sleeping Giants have relentlessly targeted the network's TV and online advertisers, part of its mission to hit the profits of outlets it believes promote bigotry and sexism.

Except here's the thing: No one wants that kind of faux contrition from Carlson, because the words were not taken out of context, and more importantly, they don't seem to be that far off from the person he still presents himself to be.

On Tuesday, The Intercept published a new recording of Carlson talking about Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch.

"I'm, like, trying to help", Hannity told Carlson, before bringing up their colleague Laura Ingraham, whose show lost advertisers after she mocked a school shooting survivor.

In other recordings released since Sunday, Carlson joked about child rape and made a number of racist comments, including saying Iraqis were "semiliterate primitive monkeys", Rolling Stone reports. The host said on his show Monday that Fox was backing him and he wouldn't "bow to the mob".

Fox News host Tucker Carlson suffered another revelation of off-color commentary from his past on Wednesday, further complicating the network's pitch to advertisers at this week's "upfront" presentations in NY.

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