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In his first show since Media Matters posted a nearly four minute video of interesting things Carlson had said to shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge from 2006-11, including a slur used to demean women, describing women as “primitive,” among other controversial discussions.
After Media Matters released the footage, Carlson issued a statement saying the watchdog org “caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago” and declined to “express the usual ritual contrition.”
On his first Tucker Carlson Tonight telecast since then, Carlson elaborated:
“Why are the people who consider Bill Clinton a hero lecturing me about sexism?” he asked, rhetorically. “How can the party that demands racial quotas denounce other people as racist? After awhile you begin to think that maybe their criticisms aren’t sincere. Maybe their moral puffery is a costume.
The fate of the human soul and the moral regeneration of society do not interest “progressives” who are “too busy pushing late-term abortion and cross-dressing on fifth-graders,” argued Carlson, whose FNC primetime program, along with those of Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, are among the most popular on cable news, and on basic cable TV.
As Carlson was making his case, Media Matters released another batch of controversial Carlson comments made in the past on the radio talk show, on MSNBC, where Chris Hayes noted, Carlson was working when he made many of the remarks.
Media Matters’ Carlson campaign coincides with an advertiser meeting at which Fox will showcase its content and talent.
In Monday’s monologue, Carlson also played The Hollywood Card:
“These are the people who write our movies and our sitcoms,” he warned. “They are not shocked by naughty words. They just pretend to be when it’s useful. It’s been very useful lately.”
The left’s main goal, he told his viewers, is “controlling what you think” by controlling the information you receive.
Google, and Facebook and Twitter, he blasted, are “fully on board … happy to ban unapproved thoughts.”
Fox News’ “opinion hours” he described as an oasis of “independent thought.”
It’s not much, relatively speaking, he suggested. But, “for the left, it’s unacceptable; they demand total conformity,” he said of “the left.”
“Since the day we went on the air they’ve been working hard to kill this show.” he insisted, explaining to viewers he has not mentioned that before because “it seemed too self-referential.”
“The point of the show has never been us,” he added.
Going forward, he said, he will cover “their” efforts to “make us be quiet.”
In conclusion, he assured his viewers Fox News stands firmly behind his show which, on Monday, featured just four ad breaks featuring a mix of direct-response ads, Fox promos, and national spots. That mirrors the company’s stance last December, when Carlson made an on-air remark about immigrants making the country “poorer and dirtier,” triggering another round of count-the-advertisers, as some sponsors pulled ads, while some of the show’s biggest buyers stood with Carlson. Fox News has, in the past, said advertisers asking to be moved out of one of its primetime programs have been scheduled elsewhere on the lineup.
“We cannot and will not allow voices like Tucker Carlson to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts from the likes of Moveon.org, Media Matters and Sleeping Giants,” Fox News said at the time. Some of the show’s biggest advertisers stood with Carlson and his program.
On Monday, Carlson wound up his opening remarks vowing to apologize when he is wrong, because “that’s what decent people do.”
“But we will never bow to the mob. Ever.”
As Carlson was making his case, Media Matters released another batch of controversial Carlson comments made in the past on the radio talk show. The liberal advocacy group’s latest campaign coincides with a Fox advertiser meeting to showcase its content and talent.
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