For days, the Left has been trying to destroy Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson by confronting him with recently-unearthed quotes he made years ago on a shock-jock radio show. Turnabout is fair play.
On Tuesday, the Daily Caller (which Carlson originally founded) revealed that Media Matters President Angelo Carusone has his own history of colorful commentary on an old blog that Carusone had deleted. Too bad the internet (specifically the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine) never forgets.
Click over to the Caller for the full scoop, but here are some highlights:
In another post that same month, Carusone downplayed a male basketball coach’s alleged sexual and physical abuse of his female players, adding, “lighten up Japs,” using what is considered an ethnic slur […]
Carusone made anti-Semitic comments on his blog as well.
He wrote in one October 2005 post that “despite his jewry, you KNOW he’s adorable,” referring to his boyfriend.
In another post, Carusone claimed that his boyfriend only leaned conservative “as a result of his possession of several bags of Jewish gold.”
Tucker himself, who has responded to his attackers with defiance, seized on the comments last night during his show, calling out liberals in the media for looking the other way:
Chris Hayes managed to pretend that none of this ever happened. Hayes never mentioned the Jewish gold comment. He never said a word about the comments about “Japs,” the “trannies,” the Klan or even those “dirty Bangladeshis” who deserve what they get no matter what the “trannie lovers” say. None of that. Instead, Hayes gave cover to Carusone’s bigotry and anti-Semitism. Amazingly, he even directed his viewers to Carusone’s website.
Pretty amazing. If a guy with a history of ranting about Jewish gold came on your show, wouldn’t you ask him about it? Would you challenge him on it? How would you not? You would feel morally obligated. But Chris Hayes didn’t. That tells you a lot.
And Carusone has released a statement on the whole mess. As you’d expect, it’s not very persuasive:
It’s true: I wrote some gross things on my blog while I was in college. 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.
Parody? “I only sound bad because I was trying to sound like you?” Give us a break.
Look, odds are that Carusone didn’t believe any of the things he said, and his old comments were immature, shortsighted attempts at humor through shock value. The problem is, Carusone can’t give the real explanation — the explanation that would ring true for more Americans than most would care to admit — without admitting that it also explains why Carlson said the things he did.
There’s no question that Tucker Carlson’s radio-show appearances were tremendous lapses in judgment. As long ago as they happened, Carlson was still old enough and prominent enough that he should have known they would come back to hurt him and his message. But in the moral scheme of things, foolishness pales in comparison to premeditated attempts to destroy someone for making the same mistakes you did.
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