Media Matters went back and listened to Tucker Carlson’s frequent guest spots on the Bubba the Love Sponge show and, to no one’s surprise, found a dump truck full of disgusting, misogynistic comments. Carlson’s defenders, of course, are calling it a “hit piece.” Because apparently quoting someone verbatim is a totally unfair attack. And Carlson himself is totally unapologetic.
Tucker Carlson refused to apologize Sunday after audio surfaced of him degrading women and airing controversial opinions about statutory rape and underage marriage on a radio program between 2006 and 2011. Instead, the Fox News host plugged his prime-time show and urged his detractors to come on as guests.
Carlson was widely criticized on Sunday following a report from the nonprofit Media Matters for America that compiled and transcribed more than a dozen instances of the host appearing on the “Bubba the Love Sponge Show,” a popular radio program broadcast from Tampa. In the segments, Carlson suggested underage marriage is not as serious as forcible child rape, called rape shield laws “totally unfair” and once said he would “love” a scenario involving young girls sexually experimenting. He also described women as “extremely primitive,” and used words such as “pig” and the c-word.
In a statement emailed to The Washington Post on Sunday, Carlson took a defiant stance.
“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” he said. “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.”
I love the addition of “more than a decade ago,” as if that changes anything. I’m sure Carlson will henceforth refuse to criticize any liberal for anything they said or did more than a decade ago, right? Right? Yeah, I didn’t think so. This is an absolutely empty excuse. But I’ll give him credit for refusing to offer an apology that no one would believe anyway. Any apology he offered would be empty because his current views are just as disgusting as the ones he expressed before. He could go through the ritual of pretending to be sorry and offer a classic notpology, but he isn’t doing that and that’s a good thing.
Carlson’s show was already running into problems with advertisers pulling out. We’ll see if this leads to a greater exodus that is enough to get him removed from Fox News, as has happened previously with Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly.