Right wing Fox News host Tucker Carlson was already in hot water for recordings of him calling women "primitive" and "basic" surfaced online.
Even after a bizarre non-apology, it seems like the backlash is bound to get worse. More recordings have been released.
Like their predecessors, the tapes are from a call-in interview Carlson did for the radio show Bubba the Love Sponge in 2008.
In the newly-released tapes, Carlson makes a number of racist and Islamophobic statements, like
"Iraq is a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys."
Unearthed audio shows Tucker Carlson using white nationalist rhetoric and making racist remarks… https://t.co/FvgYkXAhyY— Media Matters (@Media Matters) 1552348976.0
In another tape, Carlson repeatedly uses the term "faggot."
Tucker Carlson to Bubba the Love Sponge: “I like you too … I actually mean it in a completely faggot way”… https://t.co/WnE5cRTYRb— Media Matters (@Media Matters) 1552349183.0
Just as bafflingly as his refusal to apologize for the misogynist tapes, Carlson is also digging his heels into the ground with these latest ones. He went on a diatribe addressing the tapes on his show last night, lamenting his self-awarded victim status and railing against what he called "the American outrage machine."
https://t.co/0wKM84mP3L— Tucker Carlson (@Tucker Carlson) 1552350799.0
After accusing the Left of prioritizing "late term abortion and crossdressing fifth graders" over free speech, accusing them of trying to kill his show for years, Carlson said:
"These are the people who write our movies and our sitcoms. These people are not shocked by naughty words, they just pretend to be when it's useful. And it's been very useful lately. The Left's main goal is to control what you think...We will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what."
But it turns out that many disagree with Carlson's stance that defending pedophiles and calling Iraqis "primitive monkeys" doesn't warrant an apology.
.@TuckerCarlson’s “free speech” defense is complete nonsense. Walk into your place of employment today and repeat w… https://t.co/VTNrkGWDpk— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti) 1552386570.0
.@ChrisCuomo: Fox News host Tucker Carlson should either own his hateful words or apologize (but that takes charact… https://t.co/PSaSCxvil9— CNN (@CNN) 1552372990.0
@washingtonpost He uses the language he is most comfortable with. He is a racist, sexist, weak hateful person. He f… https://t.co/e5dXjNMU0p— Rox &John Santoro (@Rox &John Santoro) 1552389059.0
In addressing the tapes on his show, Carlson said something that's unfortunately true.
Fox News is on his side, not demanding an apology.
That didn't surprise anyone.
@washingtonpost that's why they hired him?— GrumpyHippie🎛 (@GrumpyHippie🎛) 1552391883.0
@washingtonpost Idk, in order for it to be damaging it has to be offensive to people who might wield some sort of i… https://t.co/M7f7gYt4ZX— Ryan (@Ryan) 1552386723.0
@washingtonpost Fox being SO on brand this week. #FireTuckerCarlson— erica (@erica) 1552393844.0
And why wouldn't Fox take up for him? His viewers seem to think the Left is ridiculous for being repulsed by his comments—and that repulsion is, inexplicably, an attack on free speech.
@TuckerCarlson It's getting scary out there with the attacks on speech. Nice to know that a few people have the gut… https://t.co/ig8686bzX4— caseman (@caseman) 1552392110.0
@TuckerCarlson Magnificent speech Tucker!!! This speech will be listened to for decades to come.— Lloyd Hutchinson Jnr (@Lloyd Hutchinson Jnr) 1552389649.0
@TuckerCarlson THIS!!...is why we live Tucker!! Well said young man...thank you.— Mark Steinmetz (@Mark Steinmetz) 1552387038.0
@TuckerCarlson Well said Tucker! It’s always the hypocritical left that is outraged against conservatives.— Donna Jacko (@Donna Jacko) 1552391817.0