New Tucker Carlson tapes will reportedly expose Fox News host's views on 'race and ethnicity' in strategically timed release

  • New recordings of Fox News host Tucker Carlson will reportedly show his views on “race and ethnicity” after other recordings were released on Sunday, in which the host can be heard comparing women to dogs.
  • The recordings will reportedly be released by Tuesday.
  • The tapes are reportedly being strategically released by Media Matters for America to target ad buyers who are scheduled to meet with Fox News execs on Wednesday.
  • Advertisers on Fox News have been frequently criticised by progressive activists.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson is facing backlash after the Sunday evening resurfacing of “Bubba the Love Sponge” radio recordings of him comparing women to dogs, calling the TV host Alexis Stewart “extremely c—y,” and defending Warren Jeffs, who was accused of being a polygamist cult leader. Now the progressive media watchdog Media Matters for America is saying that more recordings are on their way within the next day and that the new batch will touch on Carlson’s views on “race and ethnicity,” according to comments given to CNN.

A Media Matters spokesperson said the new recordings will “give some additional insight into Tucker’s worldview vis-a-vis race and ethnicity.”

Media Matters said it is intentionally releasing the tapes this week in conjunction with an ad-buying event Fox News is holding.

In February, Variety reported that for the first time in Fox News’ history, the network would hold an event for ad buyers in its studios to highlight its ratings and opinion content on March 13, three days after the first Media Matters release.

“We certainly want to make sure [the new tapes] are released when they can be most helpful to the media buying decision makers,” Media Matters told CNN.

Advertisers that pay for spots during Carlson’s prime-time Fox News show have been frequently criticised by Fox News’ progressive critics.

Read more: At least 27 advertisers have stopped advertising on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show in recent months after the host’s controversial comments. Here’s the list.

Groups such as Sleeping Giants and Colour of Change have pioneered the now common practice of organising online campaigns to get specific advertisers and platforms to disavow conservative personalities such as Carlson and Glenn Beck, and conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones.

After Carlson said that allowing unskilled immigrants into the US made the country “poorer and dirtier” in December 2018, more than 20 advertisers have pulled their ads from his program. In April 2017, advertisers pulled out of Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor” en masse after The New York Times reported on allegations of harassment against O’Reilly by five different women.

On Monday, #FireTuckerCarlson and #BoycottTuckerCarlson were trending on Twitter as users tagged advertisers still working with Carlson.

The resurfaced recordings notably include Carlson defending Jeffs, whose Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was accused of arranging marriages between underage girls and adult men. In the past, Carlson has made statements defending relationships between underage teens and adults. The statements were similar to those made by Milo Yiannopoulos before a wave of criticism appeared to lead to his resignation from Breitbart and the cancellation of his book deal with Simon & Schuster.

In the recordings, Carlson also criticised the looks of specific women, including Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, compared women to dogs, and called the TV host Alexis Stewart “extremely c—y.” Carlson later criticised Samantha Bee for using the word when describing Ivanka Trump.

Carlson has not apologised for what was in the recordings. He instead issued a statement in which he called his remarks “naughty” and challenged critics to come on his show.

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson wrote in a Notes app message. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

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