“If you want to know what I think, you can watch.”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Sunday responded to the resurfacing of old audio of him mocking women in defiant fashion.
Noting that the clips published by Media Matters were more than a decade old, he refused to “express the usual ritual contrition.” Instead, he suggested that his critics come visit him on his “Tucker Carlson Tonight” talk show.
“I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour,” he said in a tweet. “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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— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 11, 2019
Carlson’s detractors were already outraged by the resurfaced comments, which according to Media Matters, a left-wing media watchdog, were made during weekly call-ins to the popular radio program “Bubba the Love Sponge” between 2006 and 2011.
An MSNBC and Fox News employee at the time, Carlson said that he loved women even though they’re “extremely primitive” beings, and that feminists secretly like to be told to “be quiet and kind of do what you’re told.”
He also insulted specific prominent women, including Arianna Huffington and Elena Kagan, a then-Supreme Court nominee and now an associate justice of the Supreme Court, who he said he felt sorry for because “she’s never going to be an attractive woman.”
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Carlson called Paris Hilton and Britney Spears the “biggest white whores in America.”
During a conversation about Warren Jeffs, who was convicted of felony rape as an accomplice, Carlson characterized the polygamist cult leader prosecution’s as overblown and “bullshit.” He said that Jeffs was not accused of molesting children but of facilitating a marriage between a 16-year-old girl and a 27-year-old man.”
Feminists and others accused Carlson of sexism and misogyny.
— Tara F’n Dublin (@taradublinrocks) March 11, 2019
A number of commenters tried to make hay out the fact that when Bubba joked that boarding school was turning Carlson’s 14-year-old daughter into a lesbian, he played along, joking, “If it weren’t my daughter I would love that scenario.”
<Host talking about girls in boarding school dorms having sexual encounters with each other>
Tucker Carlson: If it weren't my daughter I would love that scenario.
Host: How old is your daughter?
Carlson: Fourteen. https://t.co/1L2HZFBkk5
— Gillian Brockell (@gbrockell) March 10, 2019
After Carlson’s refusal to apologize, the liberal indignation escalated.
Reporter Amy Siskind called Carlson “human trash.”
Shorter version: I’m human trash.
— Amy Siskind ?️? (@Amy_Siskind) March 11, 2019
Never one to pass up an opportunity for publicity, lawyer Michael Avenatti said that unless Carlson had him on his show, he was chicken.
This is bullshit. You refuse to have me on because you know you’ll be embarrassed like last time. If not, let me know when this week we can set it up.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 11, 2019
A lot of liberals took issue with Carlson describing what his as “naughty,” arguing that it was much more serious than that.
"Naughty" is not an accurate way to describe saying women are "like dogs" and being angry that facilitating child rape is a crime.
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) March 11, 2019
Somewhat more substantively, some people pointed out instances in which Carlson purported to be indignant about crude talk, including use of the word cunt, which he used on the program in reference to Martha Stewart’s daughter.
Here's what Tucker Carlson said about @iamsambee after she called Ivanka Trump a "feckless c—" last year
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) March 11, 2019
This is how it's done conservatives!
Zero cave! Zero cowering! Zero #$&%s given!
— Paul Hookem ?? (@PaulHook_em) March 11, 2019
Pundit Carmine Sabia accused liberals of faking outrage in an attempt to “take out an enemy.”
Someone went through 5 years of radio appearances to get the worst things Tucker Carlson said out of context for one reason. To destroy his career and end his show. It is not about outrage. It is about hunting to find something to take out an enemy. They do it all the time.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) March 11, 2019
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