‘That’s how outrage mobs operate…’
The leftist media watchdog group Media Matters unearthed recordings of Carlson on the “Bubba the Love Sponge Show,” a popular “shock jock” show, during which he made lewd comments about a 17-year-old Miss Teen USA contestant, Middle Eastern immigrants, and other cultural topics.
In the October 2007 interview, Carlson said that women as a whole were “extremely primitive,” and called for an end to rape shield laws.
He also commented on the appearance of a 2007 Miss USA contestant, Caitlin Upton, calling her “appealing” and “dumb,” and saying she would “probably be a pretty good wife.”
“She’s like, she’s vulnerable,” he said. “She’s like a wounded gazelle and separated from the herd.”
Carlson refused to cave into leftists demands for him to step down from Fox News though, saying anyone who disapproves of his comments is welcome to disagree with him on his show.
“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said in a statement. “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.”
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 11, 2019
Fox News has continued to stand behind Carlson, saying it would not allow voices to be “censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts” from leftist organizations.
But Media Matters for America President Angelo Carusone said Carlson’s comments have nothing to do with Media Matters and everything to do with his character.
“This isn’t about Media Matters, Sleeping Giants, or activists. No one forced Tucker Carlson’s odious bigotry and fixation on white genocide conspiracy theories,” Carusone said in a statement. “And that’s what advertisers are rejecting. Rightfully so, too.”
CNN contributor Mary Katherine Ham stepped in to defend Carlson on Tuesday, pointing out that an apology won’t satisfy the leftists who ultimately want to see him fired.
“I do think he’s right when he says that if he apologizes, nothing ends, and nobody’s interested in his apology,” Ham said on CNN’s “New Day.” “I think that’s true. I think that’s how outrage mobs operate.”
Allowing the “outrage mob” to censure free speech for the sake of “political correctness” is familiar to many Americans, she said — Tucker’s situation “resonates with a lot of Americans.”
“The idea that people are being cowed by political correctness and by this attempt to fire people and take people’s scalps when they say something mildly errant, even if this isn’t mildly errant, this is something that resonates with a lot of Americans,” she said. “This is actually a large part of why Donald Trump was elected, even though I’m not a huge fan and often disagree with Tucker Carlson.”