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Tucker Carlson exposes Media Matters president’s history of racist, bigoted blog posts
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Pot, meet kettle.
The president of Media Matters for America, the left-wing group leading the effort to shut down Tucker Carlson’s primetime Fox News show, reportedly wrote racist and bigoted blog posts over a decade ago.
On his show Wednesday night, Carlson blasted Media Matters’ hypocrisy and that of MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes, who ignored Media Matters president Angelo Carusone’s past when he appeared on Hayes’ show earlier this week.
Condemnation for Carusone
The Carlson-founded Daily Caller reported Tuesday that Carusone made disparaging remarks about Jews, people who are Japanese, and people who are transgender in old blog posts. The Daily Caller posted screenshots of the 2005 entries from the now-defunct blog.
Carlson addressed the ironic situation on his show Wednesday night, calling Carusone an “enthusiastic bigot.” In a post entitled “Tranny paradise,” Carusone ranted and raved about a 2005 attack on a Bangladeshi man by a group of cross-dressing male prostitutes. In the post, Carusone described Bangladeshis as poor and ugly and expressed anger that the transvestites were described as “attractive” in a news article.
“Is the writer a tranny lover too? Or, perhaps he’s trying to justify how these trannies tricked this Bangladeshi in the first place?” Carlson read, quoting Carusone’s blog. “Look man, we don’t need to know whether or not they were attractive. The [censored] guy was Bangladeshi. What was he doing with $7,300 worth of stuff? The guy’s Bangladeshi!”
In another post, Carusone used an ethnic slur while commenting on a male Japanese high school basketball coach who allegedly sexually assaulted female players, writing, “Lighten up, J*ps [censorship added].”
On a different occasion, Carusone praised former KKK Grand Wizard and Democrat West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, and in yet another, said of his boyfriend at the time, “Despite his Jewry, you KNOW he’s adorable.” He attributed his then-boyfriend’s conservative political views to “several bags of Jewish gold.”
MSNBC looks the other way
Carusone’s posts are older than offensive comments Carlson made between 2006 and 2011 on a “shock jock” radio show hosted by “Bubba the Love Sponge.” Those comments, recovered in a search-and-destroy effort by Media Matters, have ignited a boycott campaign led by Media Matters to get Carlson fired. The Fox pundit in fact lost several advertisers this week.
Earlier this week, Carlson criticized Hayes for failing to bring up Carusone’s comments when Carusone appeared on Hayes’ show on Monday, though they were not reported by the Daily Caller until Tuesday. Carlson also said he was disappointed that Hayes, who always struck him as a “decent guy,” promoted bigotry on his show.
“Hayes gave cover to Carusone’s bigotry and anti-Semitism. Amazingly, he even directed viewers to Carusone’s website,” Carlson said, referring to Hayes directing viewers on his program to Media Matters’ site to hear the clips from Carlson’s radio appearances. “If a guy with a history of ranting about ‘Jewish gold’ came on your show, would you ask him about it? Would you challenge him on it? How could you not? You’d feel morally obligated. But Chris Hayes didn’t. That tells you a lot.”
Carlson continued: “To be clear, we’re not calling for either of these people to be imprisoned or executed or even fired from their high-paying jobs. We’re not planning to organize an advertiser boycott against them. We won’t picket their offices with bullhorns. We won’t attack their children. But we do think you should know what they’re actually like.”
Recently, Media Matters notably turned a blind eye to a series of anti-gay blog posts authored in the past by MSNBC host Joy Reid.
Hypocritical, dishonest left-wing organization
Carusone has blamed getting bullied as a kid for inspiring the “gross” posts, which he described as failed “satire” of “right-wing blowhards” that was meant to show “just how gross and horrible right-wing blowhards are.”
“The entire context and tone of the site was intended to be a giant obnoxious right-wing caricature, a parody of a right-wing blowhard living my life. It’s awful and grotesque, which was sort of the point. But, it didn’t work. I wasn’t really good at it and it wasn’t really me,” he told CNN’s Brian Stelter. However, according to the Daily Caller, Carusone espoused left-wing positions on the site at the same time the controversial comments were written.
On top of the blatant double standards embodied by Media Matters, Carlson also took aim at Carusone’s group for engaging in unabashed political advocacy despite its tax-exempt, non-profit status.
“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. Despite the obvious absurdity of this claim, the group received non-profit status, and it has been violating the terms of that status ever since,” Carlson said on Tuesday night.
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