Tucker Carlson launched the second part of his investigation into Media Matters, slamming its president as an “enthusiastic bigot” who kept a “racist blog” while expressing his disappointment in MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
The Fox News host leveled a scathing commentary on the far-left organization’s president, Angelo Carusone and Hayes who interviewed him, during “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Wednesday.
Carlson’s fiery monologue continued his wrath against Media Matters for America which he said is trying to silence those with opposing viewpoints like Fox News, and Carlson himself. The left-leaning, progressive watchdog group released audio tapes of Carlson making controversial comments from as long ago as 2006 when he appeared on a “shock jock” radio program, igniting backlash and calls from the left to boycott Carlson and even fire him.
At the end of his show Wednesday, Carlson turned his attention to Hayes, tearing into the MSNBC host for ignoring the hateful past and comments made by the Media Matters president.
“Chris Hayes is an anchor on MSNBC, the one with the glasses. Hayes’ political views aren’t very interesting. Cringing hipster sensitivity burnished with low-grade academic buzzwords – pretty banal stuff,” Carlson began.
“But Hayes always seemed like a decent guy, personally. He didn’t seem like a hater. It was hard to imagine him promoting open racism or anti-Semitism. Or at least it was hard to imagine until the other night when Hayes invited a man called Angelo Carusone on his show,” he said, describing the Media Matters president as someone who daily issues “outrage press releases accusing others of bigotry.”
Carlson then noted the “irony” of Carusone, himself, being “an enthusiastic bigot” who “for years maintained a racist blog,” which he cited in several examples, including one where Carusone ranted about how a Bangladeshi man had “$7,300 worth of stuff” while ridiculing his appearance.
In another blog post, Carusone “described how a male coach at a high school had abused female players” and was not “horrified” as others were, while another example cited by Carlson had Carusone commenting that “despite his Jewry” a Jewish man was “adorable” and spoke about the man’s “possession of several bags of Jewish gold.”
Carlson thought the “remarkable part” was that Hayes “managed to pretend that none of this ever happened” when he spoke with the Media Matters president.
“Hayes gave cover to Carusone’s bigotry and anti-Semitism. Amazingly, he even directed his viewers to Carusone’s website,” Carlson said, wondering how anyone else would not feel “morally obligated” to challenge a guest about past controversial remarks.
“But Chris Hayes didn’t. That tells you a lot,” Carlson said.
“Now, 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 promote an advertiser boycott against them,” he said, referring to the attacks he has been under in the wake of the Media Matters piece. “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,” Carlson concluded, noting that in the case of Hayes, it is “kind of depressing to find out.”
“Turns out, you never really know who people are,” he said.
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