Media Matters for America, which describes itself as a watchdog of "conservative misinformation in the U.S. media,” released a compilation of audio from Tucker Carlson's appearances on a Tampa-based radio show hosted by "Bubba the Love Sponge."
According to the Washington Post, the recordings, which aired between 2006 and 2011, all come from Carlson's weekly calls into the show.
Carlson is heard saying that Iraq is a “crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys,” adding, “That’s why it wasn’t worth invading.” That follows a 2006 segment on the show in which Carlson said he had “zero sympathy” for Iraqi people and their culture because they “don’t use toilet paper or forks.”
“They’re just so awful. Just awful,” Carlson said.
A co-host on the show replies: “They’re animals, dude. They are."
In what appears to be commentary on when the United States should remove troops from Iraq, Carlson says, “The second we, I mean they, can just shut the f--- up and obey, is my view.”
This was the second audio recording shared by Media Matters for America. Days before, the group released audio of Carlson from the same timeframe and radio show, decrying rape shield laws, defending convicted child rapists and using generally misogynistic language. Per the Washington Post:
Over the years on the show, Carlson also repeatedly spoke about women using language that many found to be offensive. He once said, “I love women, but they’re extremely primitive, they’re basic, they’re not that hard to understand.” In another appearance, he implied that women like being instructed by men to “just be quiet and kind of do what you’re told.”
Carlson, however, has been a public persona for decades and his opinions are well-known and documented. Per the Cut:
Given that Carlson doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to women, these comments don’t come as a surprise. In the past, he has said that rape survivors who don’t immediately come forward are “part of the problem,” and that “sexual harassment is a concept made up by Democrats.” And let’s not forget last year’s International Women’s Day, which Carlson honored by launching a male empowerment series.
There is no reason for Fox to part ways with Carlson over behavior that is neither startling nor outside his established norm.
While most media figures choose to apologize after being caught on tape saying distasteful, Carlson doubled down, inviting critics to debate him on his show.