WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tucker Carlson has been in the public eye for some 20 years — first as a print journalist, then a television commentator, and founder of the conservative site the Daily Caller, and now, Fox News host, with a prime-time slot.
He has come under fire after alt-left Madeline Peltz, who works for the progressive watchdog group Media Matters for America dug up decades old comments he made the “shock jock” radio program “The Bubba the Love Sponge Show.”
Peltz, 24 a ultra-leftists liberal feminist who works for the anti conservative watchdog group Media Matters for America claims that Carlson is using his platform on Fox News to introduce white-nationalist ideas to the mainstream, making him a uniquely prominent “mouthpiece for white supremacy.”
Her accusation come after she dug into his Tuckers past and discovered a trove of appearances he made on shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show between 2006 and 2011. She found a series of misogynistic, racist and homophobic remarks Carlson made, the audio of which Media Matters published this week.
The Media Matters gig is Peltz’s first job. She lives in a the basement of a Washington house, which she shares with five roommates and a handful of pets, she told The Washington Post.
Media Matters, which has for years examined conservative media and shed a light on misinformation spread by right-wing websites, is particularly critical of Fox News.
Carlson hit back at the group on his show this week, that the group shouldn’t be a tax-exempt nonprofit, and encouraged his audience to take that up with the Internal Revenue Service. And he attacked the group’s president, Angelo Carusone for using slurs referring to transgender people, people of Japanese descent, and Jews on a 2005 blog that Carusone says was intended to mock a “right-wing blowhard.”
Carlson responded by attacking Media Matters for America, along with the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose categorization of hate groups is used widely by liberal media organizations.
He has also been engaged in a long-running feud with CNN; on Tuesday he called anchor Brian Stelter a “eunuch” multiple times, name-calling that was omitted from the text of his monologue later posted on the Fox News website.
“This is what an authoritarian society looks like,” Carlson said. “It was only a matter of time before they came for Fox News.”
He also took aim at Media Matters’s designation as a tax-exempt nonprofit and urged viewers to call the Internal Revenue Service.
“In its original tax application to the IRS, Media Matters claimed that the American news media were dominated by a pro-Christian bias and that they were needed to balance it,” Carlson said. “It has been violating the terms of that status ever since.”
In a monologue on Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the conservative commentator said he would never “bow to the mob,” adding that Fox News stands behind him.
“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson said. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”
Carlson added that he would never be pressured into apologizing but would only due so if he genuinely believed himself in the wrong.
Source: Washington Post, Daily Caller
Tucker Carlson: “I Will Not Bow Down to the OUTRAGE MACHINE”