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Tucker Carlson: Sorry, Not Sorry

Posted on | March 11, 2019 | 1 Comment

 

Tucker Carlson must have read Vox Day’s SJWs Always Lie, because he is following Vox’s advice to those under SJW attack: Do not apologize!

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Sunday refused to apologize for a series of past comments about women and issues like statutory rape that surfaced in a YouTube compilation by Media Matters for America (MMFA).
During call-in segments on “Bubba the Love Sponge Show” between 2006 and 2011, the future Fox News host said that women enjoy being told to “be quiet and kind of do what you’re told” suggested that statutory rape isn’t like “pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting” them and described Martha Stewart’s daughter, radio and TV personality Alexis Stewart, as “c–ty.”
In a statement on Sunday night, Carlson said, “Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago.” (He sidestepped the fact that some of the highlighted comments occurred as recently as 2011.)
“Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour,” Carlson continued. “If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

If you don’t know who “Bubba the Love Sponge” is, he’s a working-class guy from Indiana who became a successful morning radio host in Tampa, Florida, with a “shock jock” style similar to Howard Stern. He was repeatedly fined by the FCC for his crude humor. There is something absurd in Media Matters pretending that guests on Bubba’s show are expected to offer serious public-policy insights. As for the comments themselves, what did Tucker say that was actually wrong? It is true that statutory rape is not the same as a violent sexual attack, and everybody knows it; the purpose of statutory rape laws is to protect young people from those who may take advantage of their, uh, youthful enthusiasm. To go back to the 2013 Kaitlyn Hunt case, for example, no one alleged that the 18-year-old used physical force to compel her 14-year-old girlfriend into lesbian activity. It was a crime, but not a crime of violence.

Anyway, Tucker went on this “morning zoo” type of show — a radio frat-house, basically — and said the sort of things one might say on such a program, and you’ve got to be amazed at the desperation of the Left in assigning someone to wade through hours of decades-old audio archives in order to catch Tucker saying “offensive” things.

To repeat Vox Day’s advice: Do not apologize.



 

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