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

Richard Drew | AP

Richard Drew | AP

A day after audio of Fox News host Tucker Carlson using explicitly misogynistic language was circulated online by the group Media Matters for America, the nonprofit posted new audio recordings of Carlson making racist and homophobic remarks, attacking Iraqi people, black people, LGBT people and immigrants.

In the October 2007 interview, Carlson said that women as a whole were "extremely primitive", and called for an end to rape shield laws.

After his show on Tuesday, Carlson's Fox News colleague Sean Hannity commended him for fending off his many detractors, adding that Carlson had delayed a vacation to defend himself on air (though, later, a Fox News spokesman said Hannity misspoke and that Carlson was always scheduled to host his show this week). It had published a series of investigations on Sunday and Monday that highlighted years of Carlson's appearances on the shock-jock radio program "The Bubba the Love Sponge Show" from 2006 to 2011. Carlson is firing back and refusing to "bow" to the media "mob". Instead, he argued that progressive organizations like Media Matters are hijacking free speech and demanding "total conformity" to political correctness.

"She's like, she's vulnerable", he said.

"She's so dumb", Carlson said on the recording, referring to pageant contestant Caitlin Upton.

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The quizzes often featured such headlines as: "What kind of dog are you according to your zodiac sign?", according to CNN . The report comes as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has emphasised the importance of personal messaging apps.

After the initial audio release, Carlson refused to apologize or, as he put it, "express the usual ritual contrition".

"This isn't about Media Matters, Sleeping Giants, or activists".

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.

According to The Daily Beast, in the newest audio recording Carlson talks about approaching the teen contestant in the bathroom: "I was thinking about tapping my foot next to her stall", he said.

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