Tucker Carlson's Refusal to Apologize Is the 'Fox News Brand'

  • Tucker Carlson's Refusal to Apologize Is the 'Fox News Brand'

Tucker Carlson's Refusal to Apologize Is the 'Fox News Brand'

The heat on Fox News comes as the network ramps up its efforts to court advertisers and alleviate concerns about recent controversies, which also include comments by host Jeanine Pirro that questioned the patriotism of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) because she wears a hijab. "If you had a wife that dumb, would it be good or bad?" he asked.

In 2015, Upton told NY magazine that her humiliation almost led her to suicide.

After the initial audio release, Carlson refused to apologize or, as he put it, "express the usual ritual contrition". "I had some very dark moments where I thought about committing suicide", she said.

And now people's calls for advertisers to cut ties with Carlson and his Fox News show appear to be working.

The clips of Carlson objectifying and demeaning a teenage girl are only the latest in what has been a torrent of unearthed audio of the his appearances on the shock jock's radio show show, which took place weekly from 2006 to 2011.

But Media Matters for America President Angelo Carusone said Carlson's comments have nothing to do with Media Matters and everything to do with his character. Laura, you. Me. Me, Laura, you.

On Tuesday, The Intercept published a new recording of Carlson talking about Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch. "Toughness is a rare quality in a TV network, and we're grateful for that".

"Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago", he said. "And he came into work to stand up to this, and I want the great viewers of this channel to know that".

In other recordings released since Sunday, Carlson joked about child rape and made a number of racist comments, including saying Iraqis were "semiliterate primitive monkeys", Rolling Stone reports. "How is he black, for one thing?"

A defiant Carlson opened his show Monday night railing against the liberal mob.

On Wednesday, Fox News reps pleaded with advertisers to stick it out.

"We've always apologized when we're wrong, and we'll continue to do that". Carlson is firing back and refusing to "bow" to the media "mob".