The Fox News pundits adds racist and homophobic comments to previously released misogynistic and disturbing comments about underage marriage and statutory rape
Stephen Colbert taped his show too early on Monday to catch the second wave of offensive Tucker Carlson audio clips from a decade ago, but he'd heard enough to lay into the Fox News host already.
The latest clips, which were released about the same time Carlson was blaming the "liberal mob" for trying to destroy his show, added extreme racism to the already-levied charge of misogyny based on the first round.
In that first wave of clips, Media Matters posted over three minutes of audio from 2006 and 2011 where Carlson said numerous misogynistic and disturbing comments about women, underage marriage and statutory rape. Carlson worked for MSNBC through 2009, when he switched to Fox News.
Colbert played through some of the clips, including one where Carlson jokingly diminished Warren Jeffs' crimes -- a convicted pedophile who arranged marriages between underage girls and adult men -- and said "the rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person."
"Yes, let's be honest, you're awful on so many levels," Colbert said after playing that clip. "Though on a positive note, I think R. Kelly just got a character witness."
Even worse, Carlson did not apologize or backtrack from any of his comments on his Fox News show, instead trumpeting that the network was standing behind him and dismissing the whole lot of them as "naughty" things he said on a radio show a decade ago.
"Tucker, when you defend child brides, you don't go on the naughty list," Colbert said. "You go on that list where you have to go door to door where you have to tell people you just moved into their neighborhood."
And Colbert wasn't even yet aware of the bevy of racist clips Media Matters was curating for their next blast, which hit on Monday night around the same time Carlson was dismissing his "naughty" comments and blaming the "liberal mob." And that network support was touted before this second release added racist and homophobic comments to his list of offenses.
In these new clips, Carlson targeted the Iraqi people, describing them as "semi-literate primitive monkeys" who "don't use toilet paper or forks." He also said, "They can just shut the f--k up and obey, is my view."
The pundit tried to make the argument that white men created civilization and suggested that immigrants to the United States should have something to offer, like, "Be hot, really smart, you know what I mean?"
He also went in on President Obama -- "Everybody knows [he] would still be in the state Senate in Illinois if he were white" -- and the Congressional Black Caucus, which he says "exists to blame the white man for everything."
And just to ensure he'd offended as many groups as he could, he told radio host Bubba the Love Sponge that he loves him and "I actually mean it in a completely faggot way."
Carlson released a statement after the first wave, which earned him a response from Media Matters president Angelo Carusone explaining exactly why those posts were released. You can check out both statements below, as well as the second wave of audio clips below, but be aware the clips are NSFW for offensive language and content.
The reason we released this is precisely because the things you say on your Fox News show echo the misogyny displayed in those clips. We were actually helping people better understand just how vile your current Fox News show is by showing what that worldview really looks like. https://t.co/R4TmeFN6jK