Fox News host Tucker Carlson found himself in hot water late Sunday after Media Matters, the far-left progressive "media watchdog" that routinely targets Fox News, unearthed offensive comments Carlson made about women and child rape on a radio show between 2006 and 2011.
Carlson quickly responded to the growing online outrage — and he did not capitulate.
What are the details?
Media Matters highlighted 27 separate instances in which Carlson appeared on the "Bubba The Love Sponge" radio show, "a popular shock jock radio program where he spoke with the hosts about a variety of cultural and political topics in sometimes vulgar terms."
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During those conversations, Carlson diminished the actions of Warren Jeffs, then on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list for his involvement in arranging illegal marriages between adults and underage girls, talked about sex and young girls, and defended statutory rape.
Carlson, who was hired by Fox News in 2009, also used sexist language to talk about women, including then-co-workers at NBC and public figures. He referred to Martha Stewart's daughter Alexis Stewart as "c**ty," called journalist Arianna Huffington a "pig," and labeled Britney Spears and Paris Hilton "the biggest white whores in America." He also said that women enjoy being told to "be quiet and kind of do what you're told" and that they are "extremely primitive."
Between 2006 and 2011, Carlson reportedly called into the "Bubba The Love Sponge" show for about an hour each week.
After Media Matters published the radio audio and accompanying transcripts, which retained the context of each comment, the left pounced on Carlson, calling for a boycott of his Fox News show or for Fox News to fire Carlson altogether.
How did Carlson respond?
Rather than capitulate to the online outrage mob, Carlson stood his ground, characterizing his comments as "naughty" while challenging detractors to confront him on his Fox News show. Not surprisingly, the statement only emboldened Carlson's detractors.
"Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago. Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I'm on television every weeknight live for an hour. 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," Carlson wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.
Fox News has yet to release an official statement addressing the matter. TheBlaze has reached out to company representatives seeking comment and will update with a response.