Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trouble For Tucker: Advertising Plunges After Racist, Sexist Comments Resurface

Trouble For Tucker: Advertising Plunges After Racist, Sexist Comments Resurface

On Monday, the group published more audio, this time revealing racist and homophobic remarks he made on the same radio program, which he apparently called in to for an hour every week. Fox News censured host Jeanine Pirro this week after she implied the head covering worn by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution.

On Tuesday, The Intercept published a new recording of Carlson talking about Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch. But it's about to become the centerpiece of a new Fox corporation that will be spun off from a merger with Walt Disney Co. later this month.

The Washington Post ran an adulatory profile Thursday of the Media Matters researcher who dug up old shock jock radio tapes of Fox News host Tucker Carlson and minimized the left-wing organization's influence on the media landscape.

21st Century Fox slated to complete its $71 billion sale of entertainment assets - including the 20th Century Fox studio - to Disney on March 20.

He also commented on the appearance of a 2007 Miss USA contestant, Caitlin Upton, calling her "appealing" and "dumb", and saying she would "probably be a pretty good wife". In this segment, we go behind the scenes to examine the strategy of the Media Matters smear machine.

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The pressure seems to work on some companies.

In another recording, which was made during a visit to the "Bubba the Love Sponge Show", Carlson says "fag" and "faggot" and questions former President Barack Obama's blackness: "I don't know how black he is, but I'm sure he's a good basketball player - he says he is, anyway".

Fox News said it was looking forward to its advertiser presentation and wouldn't be swayed by the campaign against Carlson.

Media Matters has long waged a public campaign against Fox News as part of its effort to monitor right-wing misinformation in the USA media.

"I'm, like, trying to help", Hannity told Carlson, before bringing up their colleague Laura Ingraham, whose show lost advertisers after she mocked a school shooting survivor. In December, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell said: "I make all of my advertising decisions based on what is best for MyPillow, my customers and my employees".

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