- The Fox News host Tucker Carlson is refusing to apologise after numerous recordings surfaced of his making disparaging remarks about women, the Obamas, and immigrants.
- The progressive website Media Matters has been highlighting tapes of Carlson’s call-ins, made years ago, since Sunday evening. The first ones included the Fox News host comparing women to dogs, calling women “primitive,” and defending the imprisoned religious leader Warren Jeffs.
- On Monday, more recordings of Carlson surfaced in which he credited “white men” for “creating civilisation” and argued that immigrants ought to be “hot or smart” to come to America.
- People have long been lobbying advertisers to ditch Carlson’s Fox News show, and at least 33 advertisers have cut ties with the program.
The Fox News host Tucker Carlson is refusing to apologise after the resurfacing of numerous recordings in which he made disparaging remarks about women, the Obamas, and immigrants.
On Sunday evening, the progressive media watchdog Media Matters for America began publishing recordings of call-ins Carlson made to the shock-jock radio program “Bubba the Love Sponge” that originally aired from 2006 to 2011. On Monday, Media Matters published audio of Carlson crediting “white men” for “creating civilisation,” arguing that immigrants ought to be “hot or smart” to come to America, and questioning Barack Obama’s race.
The recordings published Sunday had shown the Fox News host comparing women to dogs, calling women “primitive,” and defending the imprisoned religious leader Warren Jeffs, among other things.
On Monday, Carlson opened his Fox News opinion show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” with a monologue in which he addressed the controversy and blamed what he called “the left,” which he said was conspiring against him.
“The left’s main goal, in case you haven’t noticed, is controlling what you think,” he said. “In order to do that, they have to control the information that you receive.” He accused his critics of “working hard to kill this show.”
“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day,” Carlson said.
Carlson previously issued a statement on Twitter, saying the watchdog caught him “saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago.”
The TV host refused to issue an apology.
New recordings target the Obamas, immigrants
In the recordings published Monday, Carlson could be heard discussing a range of topics with the radio hosts, including President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama as well as immigrants.
Here are some of Carlson’s remarks.
“There’s some really good, I mean, immigrants. I just think it’s, you know, people who come to this country ought to have something to offer. Be hot, be really smart, you know what I mean?” Carlson said in a clip from 2006. “But people to come over and pick lettuce, I mean, I’m not saying that’s an undignified – I mean, that’s great, you know, and I admire people who work hard, but on the other hand, is that – are those people who are going to build, you know, a stronger country 20 years from now?”
On white men running for president:
“The country’s so f—– up on the subject that getting a white man, I mean everyone’s embarrassed to be a white man I guess, that’s a bad thing,” Carlson said in a 2008 taping. “I don’t have a problem with it. I don’t really think of the world in those terms but, you know, white men, you know, they have contributed some, I would say … I mean creating civilisation and stuff, I think they have done a pretty – I don’t know, whatever!”
“I hate the war. You know, I’m not defending the war in any way, but I just have zero sympathy for them or their culture. A culture where people just don’t use toilet paper or forks,” he said during a 2006 taping. “They can just shut the f— up and obey, is my view.”
“Iraq is a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys – that’s why it wasn’t worth invading,” he said in another taping in 2008.
On the Obamas:
When discussing Michelle Obama, Carlson said in a 2008 taping that the first lady “had an edge to her that’s bad.”
“I’m not attacking her personally. I’m just saying, as a public figure, you just get the feeling she’s got a major chip on her shoulder … [She] turns into a ‘sister.'”
Carlson also called Obama’s race into question:
“How is he black, for one thing?” he said in 2006. “He has one white parent, one black parent.”
In another interview, Carlson said Obama “would still be in the state senate in Illinois if he were white.”
Advertisers have distanced themselves from Carlson’s Fox News program in recent months
People have called for advertisers to ditch Carlson’s show following the release of the recordings, and some advertisers have taken notice.
Carlson has previously faced backlash over comments he made about women and immigrants on his show, including saying that immigrants coming to the US from impoverished regions made the country “poorer and dirtier.”
At least 33 advertisers have cut ties with the program in recent months, including CareerBuilder, Red Lobster, and SmileDirectClub.
According to Media Matters, brands including Mitsubishi, Progressive insurance, and My Pillow continue to advertise on Carlson’s program.
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