Fox News host Tucker Carlson refused to apologize after clips from old radio interviews in which Carlson made controversial remarks about women and child rape were circulated on social media Sunday.
Media Matters, a self-described “progressive media watchdog,” published clips and transcripts from appearances Carlson made between 2006 and 2011 on a popular shock-jock radio program called “Bubba the Love Sponge.”
In two appearances, Carlson jokingly downplayed the crimes of cult leader – and convicted child sex offender – Warren Jeffs. In other clips, he calls women “extremely primitive,” says he feels “sorry for unattractive women,” uses the c-word to describe a woman, calls one woman a “pig” and refers to two other women as “whores.”
During one of the discussions about Jeffs, who was accused, among other things, of arranging marriages between underage girls and adult men, Carlson said what he had done was not as bad as a violent assault.
“I am not defending underage marriage at all,” Carlson said in a clip from 2009. “I just don’t think it’s the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child.”
When the hosts pushed back, saying that what Jeffs did was arguably worse because it was “more planned out and plotted,” Carlson disagreed.
“Hold on a second. 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,” Carlson said.
An unidentified “Love Sponge” co-host called Carlson’s take “twisted” and “demented,” prompting Carlson to repeat that he was not defending child marriage.
SOURCE: William Cummings, USA TODAY