CNN’s Chris Cuomo slammed Fox News host Tucker Carlson for comments widely derided as prejudiced and racist, which resurfaced this week.
Recordings show Carlson disparaging women and immigrants, justifying child marriage, questioning Barack Obama’s blackness and using a homophobic slur.
Cuomo said that Carlson is not apologizing because backlash allows him to position himself as “the victim.”
Carlson on Monday refused to back down, and blamed “the left” for forming a “mob” that wanted to harm his career.
Media Matters first shared the recordings of Carlson on Sunday. They show Carlson calling in to a shock-jock radio program that aired from 2006 to 2011.
CNN host Chris Cuomo laid into Fox News host Tucker Carlson for refusing to apologize for recordings which surfaced in recent days, showing him making racist, homophobic and misogynistic remarks.
Cuomo ended his Monday show by criticizing Carlson and repeating some of his remarks which has caused outrage since coming to light.
They include Carlson saying that he wanted a presidential candidate to say Muslims were “behaving like animals,” and that Iraq is a “crappy place” filled with “semi-literate primitive monkeys.”
Cuomo said that Carlson should apologize, but won’t. Cuomo said the outrage allows Carlson to “play the victim” for professional benefit.
“Apologize? Are you kidding? They’re not going to apologize. Stop asking,” Cuomo said about Carlson and his Fox colleague Jeanine Pirro, who has also been criticized for comments about Islam,
“They want to press the divide. They want to attack what most want to protect. And ironically, you give them attention for doing something wrong and they use that attention to say it more.”
Carlson opened his Fox News opinion show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Monday by refusing to apologize.
He blamed the angry news cycle about his comments on “the left” and the “Twitter mob.”
Read more: Tucker Carlson refuses to apologize after new controversial recordings reveal his attacks on the Obamas, immigrants
“We will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what,” he said.
Carlson previously issued a statement on Twitter, saying that he was caught “saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago.”
Cuomo said that Carlson and Pirro were taking the criticism and using it to position themselves as being under attack.
“You know what they’re doing,” Cuomo said to his viewers. “This BS is currency for them.”
Cuomo dared Carlson to repeat his comments, which he acknowledged were made several years ago, if he wasn’t going …read more
Source:: Business Insider