Carlson came under fire this week after Media Matters for America unearthed audio of him making a slew of sexist, racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments during appearances on the shock-jock radio program “The Bubba the Love Sponge Show” from 2006 to 2011.
On the Tuesday broadcast of “Anderson Cooper 360°,” Donaldson explained why Carlson would “go on,” despite the resurfacing of the comments:
He appeals to the Fox audience, he’s coming on strong. The king of cable, 3.3 million people a night is Sean Hannity. Right behind him comes Tucker Carlson with about 2.9 million. Do you think Fox is going to say, ‘Well, you’ve been a bad boy, we’re going to have to let you go or we’re going to have to reprimand you?’ I think his audience is there and they want the audience. And if the advertisers do stick with him, well of course, if they leave him, then he’s toast. Fox will suddenly discover that what he did was beyond the pale and let him go. But not now.
Check out the clip below:
"This is vulgarity. This is hate speech. This is homophobic speech." Former ABC News anchor Sam Donaldson reacts to audio tapes of Fox News' Tucker Carlson. "This is the kind of speech, if left unchecked, will change this country forever," Donaldson adds. https://t.co/hemqMUsywbpic.twitter.com/ljcnXYQVbb
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) March 13, 2019
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