Media Matters For America President Angelo Carusone has addressed derogatory comments he made on his college blog by saying they were meant to be satirical. The liberal activist’s blog posts were unearthed this week after Media Matters published transcripts with inflammatory remarks by Fox News host Tucker Carlson
The president of Media Matters For America has explained the newly-unearthed inflammatory remarks he made on a college blog by saying that they were meant as satire and were born out of the relentless bullying he endured as a child.
The re-emergence of Angelo Carusone’s degrading comments about ‘jewry’, ‘trannies’, ‘Japs’ and Bangladeshis on his old blog came after the liberal advocacy group he leads began publishing unflattering comments from Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Over Sunday and Monday, Media Matters released 40 transcripts in which Carlson made a number of racist, sexist and misogynistic while appearing as a guest on the shock jock radio program ‘Bubba the Love Sponge’ between 2006 and 2011.
The Daily Caller, which Carlson founded, retaliated by trying to teach Carusone the age-old lesson that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
Carusone addressed his comments in a statement to DailyMail.com on Wednesday.
‘It’s true: I wrote some gross things on my blog while I was in college,’ he said.
‘A few posts parodying living my life as if I were a self-loathing, bigoted Limbaugh right-winger.
‘And every time Media Matters takes some meaningful action, some awful people bring it up to try to stop us. And every time, I will acknowledge that the writing was gross and apologize because the context only explains; it doesn’t excuse.
‘But, Fox News (or Tucker) hasn’t even acknowledged the troves of their own bigotry and misogyny, let alone apologized or corrected their behavior.
‘These aren’t one off comments from Fox News — but a pattern of behavior stretching back decades and echoed in all of their work today. This pattern should serve as a major warning sign to advertisers — that there will be more to come from them, because it’s what they advocate for.’
Media Matters released 40 transcripts in which Tucker Carlson (above) made a number of racist, sexist and misogynistic during guest spots on the shock jock radio program ‘Bubba the Love Sponge’ between 2006 and 2011. The Daily Caller, which Carlson founded, retaliated by trying to teach Carusone the age-old lesson that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
Carusone provided some background on what led to the creation of his blog in a statement shared by CNN’s Brian Stetler on Thursday.
‘I grew up as the overweight gay kid in an all-boy school. Bullying/abuse was relentless and basically awful until one day I fought back and it stopped,’ he said.
‘That experience had a major effect on my trajectory and my life, especially the fighting back part.’
Carusone explained that the posts were written on a ‘short-lived’ website while he was in college, saying that ‘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 said.
‘I stopped it after a short while and found better ways and more constructive ways to channel my energy.
‘I’m not excusing it, but the circumstances around it and the specific context that all these posts were written in that are important to understanding why they’re like that.’
He also mentioned that this is not the first time the old posts have come back to haunt him.
‘I’ve addressed it in the past, but they’ll keep pushing it regardless,’ he said. ‘It’s happened several times since 2012, starting with Rush Limbaugh, then Donald Trump, then Sean Hannity and now Tucker. They all pushed the same posts.’
He continued: ‘I don’t speak or write like that. They don’t reveal some hidden true self or meaning. As a testament to that, this is literally all they have and all that they have had for all these years.
‘Out of 65,000 tweets, years of public comments and media hits, countless Facebook posts and plenty of other websites and blog sites after that now defunct one.
‘The only thing that they ever highlight are those posts which were specifically written with the intent of underscoring just how gross and horrible right-wing blowhards are.’
Carusone (above in an Instagram post) noted that this is not the first time posts on his now-defunct blog have come back to haunt him, but said the remarks do not reflect his opinions
In a blog post from November 14, 2005 titled ‘Tranny Paradise’, Carusone commented on a news report of a Bangladeshi businessman who was robbed by ‘a gang of transvestites’.
Part of the blog reads: ‘Apparently a gang of transvestites in Thailand is spitting sedatives down their victim’s throat and robbing them.
‘This is definiitely [sic] an odd story, but what’s even odder are some phrases…
‘Isn’t anyone curious why this super strong sedative doesn’t affect the trannies?… Are trannies just immune to sedatives?’
And reacting to the news report’s description of the transvestites as ‘attractive’, the blog reads: ‘Uhhh. Did you notice the word attractive? What the f**k is that doing in there? Is the write[r] a tranny lover too?’
Carusone continues: ‘… We don’t need to know whether or not they were attractive. The f**king guy was Bangladeshi. And while we’re out, what the hell was he doing with $7,300 worth of stuff. The guy’s Banladeshi! [sic]’
In another post, from October 2005, Carusone wrote of his boyfriend that ‘despite his jewry, you KNOW he’s adorable’.
Carusone also blogged that his boyfriend only leaned conservative ‘as a result of his possession of several bags of Jewish gold’.
The Daily Caller noted that Carusone has previously dismissed concerns about his anti-Semitic comments due to the fact his long-term partner is Jewish.
A portion of a November 2005 post on Carusone’s blog, unearthed by the Daily Caller this week, is seen above. He said the posts ‘were specifically written with the intent of underscoring just how gross and horrible right-wing blowhards are’
Carusone’s argument that the comments have been misunderstood and taken out of context echoes that of Carlson, who made remarks minimizing statutory rape, used sexist slurs to refer to specific women and referred to Iraq as ‘a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys’ on the radio.
Addressing the Media Matters reports containing those comments on his top-rated cable program Monday night, Carlson said that it was ‘pointless to try to explain how the words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context’.
He went on to say: ‘Since the day we went on the air, they’ve been working hard to kill this show,’ referring to what he calls ‘the liberal mob’.
The host continued: ‘We haven’t said much about it in public. It seemed too self-referential. The point of this show has never been us. But now it’s obvious to everybody. There’s no pretending that it’s not happening. It is happening. And so going forward, we’ll be covering their efforts to make us be quiet.
‘For now, just two points to leave you with: First, Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality in a TV network, and we are grateful for that.
‘Second, we’ve always apologized when we’re wrong, and will continue to do that. That’s what decent people do. They apologize. But we will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what.’
Carlson said that critics like Media Matters ‘would like Fox News shut down tomorrow. The other news channels agree with that.’
But Carusone denied that, saying: ‘My intention ultimately is to enforce a change of behavior, not to eradicate Fox.’
Protesters are seen outside the Fox News headquarters at the News Corporation building in Manhattan on Wednesday after Carlson’s degrading comments were revealed by MMFA
A protester holds a sign that reads: ‘Don’t be a suck for Tucker’ outside Fox News’ headquarters
Carlson, who was hired by Fox News in 2009, has yet to actually apologize for any of the ‘naughty’ remarks he’d made in years past.
When the transcripts first came out, Carlson brushed them off with a statement on Twitter.
‘Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,’ he tweeted.
‘Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.’
Carusone responded to Carlson’s statement by saying: ‘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.’
Media Matters has published 40 transcripts in total from Carlson’s guest spots on Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011.
For about an hour each week, Carlson would call into the show and weigh in on current events, often sharing controversial opinions in vulgar terms along with host Todd Clem (aka Bubba the Love Sponge) and various co-hosts.
The first set of transcripts published Sunday included clips where Carlson defends underage marriage and statutory rape and employs deeply misogynistic rhetoric to describe women.
The second set released Monday night details repeated racist remarks by Carlson, who called people from Iraq ‘semiliterate primitive monkeys’, said Afghanistan is ‘never going to be a civilized country because the people aren’t civilized’ and credited ‘white men’ with ‘creating civilization’.
Read MMFA’s report with full transcripts here.
TUCKER CARLSON’S MOST SHOCKING COMMENTS ABOUT WOMEN, UNDERAGE MARRIAGE AND STATUTORY RAPE
Below is a list of the most controversial comments by Tucker Carlson revealed in the transcripts compiled by Media Matters For America:
What women want:
‘By the way, women hate you when they do you wrong and you put up with it. Because they hate weakness. They’re like dogs that way. They can smell it on you, and they have contempt for it; they’ll bite you.
‘I mean, I love women, but they’re extremely primitive, they’re basic, they’re not that hard to understand. And one of the things they hate more than anything is weakness in a man.’
– October 30, 2007
In defense of underage marriage:
‘I just don’t think it’s the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child.
‘The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different. I mean, let’s be honest about it.’
– August 27, 2009
Warren Jeffs’ imprisonment for facilitation of child rape is ‘bullshit’
‘I should make the laws around here, and Michael Vick would have been executed, and Warren Jeffs would be out on the street.
‘I’m not for child rape. I’m just saying, if you mistreat dogs like that, we’re going to have to execute you.
In defense of a teacher who had sex with a 13-year-old female student
‘Teacher’s like this, not necessarily this one in particular, but they are doing a service to all 13-year-old girls by taking the pressure off. They are a pressure relief valve, like the kind you have on your furnace.’
– April 4, 2006
In defense of Duke University lacrosse players accused of gang raping a sex worker
‘She sells sex for a living. If she’s accusing other people of nonconsensual sex, it’s a little more complicated than if some, you know, housewife claims she was pulled off the street and raped.
‘It’s just not the same thing. It’s harder to determine what’s consensual and what’s not.’
– April 8, 2006
The case for removing rape shield laws
‘Why is it if I accuse you of embezzlement, of shooting my dog, or shooting me, of any crime, I have to go face you in open court. My name is available to anybody who’s reporting on the case, right?
‘Your name is in the public eye. My name is in the public eye. Why is it that, in this one category of crimes, the accuser doesn’t have to be treated as an adult? I don’t understand that. It gives the accuser all the power.
‘So if I’m alleging rape, I have the protection of anonymity. I can say whatever I want while hiding behind anonymity, while the person I accused, whether he’s guilty or not, has his life destroyed. That’s totally unfair.
‘We’ve done a couple of shows on this, and we always had these feminists on who kind of: ‘Well, because no one would ever report rape’. Really? I don’t know. Women seem to be adults to me. I mean, in other words, if you are grievously injured by another person, it’s not your fault. I don’t understand why, if you’re an adult, you just can’t get up and say: ‘This is what the person did to me.”
– May 9, 2006
On Alexis Stewart
‘She seems extremely c***y. I just wanted to give her the spanking she so desperately needs.
‘I don’t normally laugh at girls’ appearances, just because I think it’s mean. But she – I’m bending the rule for her.’
– May 2, 2006
On Hillary Clinton
‘She has dreams of real power. Now, if she were to get real power — let’s say she were to get absolute power, how long do you think it would take before she castrated you?’
– March 12, 2006
‘The problem with Hillary is you look at Hillary and you know in your heart that if she could castrate you, she would.
‘So thereby she gets not a single vote from any white male in the country. Now you can hate white males if you want, but you kind of need them to vote for you.’
– March 14, 2006
On Oprah Winfrey
‘Somehow the rest of us have been bullied into pretending that Oprah’s great, that she doesn’t hate the penis, that she’s not anti-man. But she completely is.
‘The subtext of every Oprah show is men suck. They abuse you, they rape you, they sleep with your sister and leave you.’
– December 11, 2007
On 14-year-old girls experimenting sexually at boarding school
‘If it weren’t my daughter I would love that scenario.’
– October 25, 2009