In the same week when Jeanine Pirro of Fox News has generated headlines over comments she made about Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, another Fox News host, Tucker Carlson, has become the focus of a controversy over his past remarks.
“The liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America this week released two batches of recordings Carlson made as a guest on radio’s ‘Bubba the Love Sponge Show’ between 2006 and 2011, before he worked at Fox,” the AP reports. “The release was timed to coincide with Fox’s meeting with advertisers on Wednesday.”
The report adds: “In the tapes, Carlson made remarks minimizing statutory rape, used sexist slurs to refer to specific women and referred to Iraq as ‘a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys.’”
Carlson is standing his ground, responding to the release by attacking Media Matters and vowing that “we will never bow to the mob,” the AP reports. The report quotes Carlson saying that “it’s pointless to try to explain how the words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context, or in any case bear no resemblance to what you actually think.”
Here’s a clip posted by CBS News that includes audio of some of Carlson’s comments …