If you’ve followed the news this week, you know that Tucker Carlson is currently taking heat over some past comments. Media Matters for America, a liberal front group, started the current firestorm by digging up clips from 2006-2007 in which he said shocking things on a shock jock program called “Bubba the Love Sponge.”
This has led the news media and liberal Twitter to start a movement to get Carlson fired from his top-rated Fox News program.
Well, there’s a new twist in the story and I suspect the reaction in the media-sphere will be quite different.
So outrage mobs are just gonna take a pass on this one, huh? https://t.co/2H04XiWfH2
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) March 13, 2019
Media Matters President Angelo Carusone is currently leading a boycott campaign against Fox News host Tucker Carlson, a co-founder of The Daily Caller News Foundation, in an attempt to get him fired.
Carusone and Media Matters, which openly pine for the destruction of Fox News, have justified the left-wing boycott campaign by pointing to a number of statements that Carlson made on a radio shock jock show between 2006 and 2011.
But Carusone has his own track record of inflammatory statements. Carusone’s now-defunct blog included degrading references to “trannies,” “jewry” and Bangladeshis.
Here are some of the direct quotes written by Mr. Carusone.
“Did you notice the word attractive? What the **** is that doing in there? Is the write[r] a tranny lover too? Or, perhaps he’s trying to justify how these trannies tricked this Bangladeshi in the first place? Look man, we don’t need to know whether or not they were attractive. The ******* guy was Bangladeshi,” Carusone wrote. “And while we’re out, what the hell was he doing with $7,300 worth of stuff. The guy’s Banladeshi! [sic]”.
In another, he jokes about a Japanese girls’ basketball team being forced to run naked and being hit by their coach and uses a racial slur.
“Point is, lighten up Japs. I had to shell out 4 grand a year for the treatment you are getting for free. Consider yourselves lucky.”
He also dipped his toe into antisemitism (credit to The Daily Caller for the clipped portion).
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There’s more at the link but I’ll stop there.
In a saner world, we would look at these for the jokes they are and shrug. Especially given how old they are. But that’s not the standard Media Matters for America, CNN, MSNBC, and others have set. They completely lost their minds (and continue to do so) over Tucker’s bad jokes and have tried to ruin him as a result. While they likely won’t succeed, this kind of hypocrisy has to be pointed out and pointed out loudly.
Will Don Lemon have a meltdown tonight over Carusone’s comments as he did over Tucker’s? Carusone is the head of a powerful media company, so he’s no less of a target, right? Will Chris Cuomo do his tough guy routine and call Carusone a coward as he did Tucker? Will The Washington Post write hand-wringing op-eds opining that Carusone should be fired? Somehow, I doubt it.
This was never about principle or genuine outrage. No one hash-tagging at Fox News’ advertisers today watches Tucker Carlson’s show. This was about trying to take out a voice these people don’t like, nothing more. The mobbing to ruin people over old commentary needs to stop. People say dumb things. They make bad jokes. They may even say things they regret. That’s not a legitimate excuse to try to destroy someone in the present day. That’s an awful, regressive way for a society to function. The worst offenders among us need to stop stoking outrage mobs for their own personal gain, whether that be CNN, Media Matters for America, or random “faux outraged guy” on Twitter.
I suspect Tucker Carlson will hit these newest revelations on his show tonight and he should. The left-wing in this country thrive off of double standards and the media pressure that so often results in Republicans folding. Making them live by their own rules is the only way to push back against the insanity.