Fox News announced that host Tucker Carlson would be taking over Bill O’Reilly’s prime-time 8 p.m. slot after O'Reilly was forced out following pressure from advertisers amid an increasing number of sexual harassment reports against the longtime host. However, Carlson has a long record of minimizing rape and sexual harassment reports, as well as making sexist and demeaning comments against women and gender equality.
Tucker Carlson Set To Take Over Bill O’Reilly’s Prime Time Slot After O’Reilly Ousted
CNN: Bill O’Reilly Ousted From Fox News. Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, announced on Wednesday that Bill O’Reilly would “not be returning to the Fox News Channel” following reports that O’Reilly and Fox News paid nearly $13 million to settle sexual harassment cases against O’Reilly. The network parted ways with the host as more women came forward with reports against O’Reilly and as pressure from advertisers increased as they pulled their advertising from the show following the reports. [CNN, 4/19/17]
The Hollywood Reporter: “Tucker Carlson Is Moving Into The 8 P.M. Hour.” As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Fox News picked host Tucker Carlson to replace O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. prime time spot with his show Tucker Carlson Tonight. Carlson is slated to start at the new time on April 24, and The Five will “move to Carlson’s 9 p.m. slot.” [The Hollywood Reporter, 4/19/17]
Tucker Carlson Has A Long History Of Denying Rape And Making Sexist And Demeaning Comments Against Women
Tucker Carlson: Democrats “Made Up The Concept Of Sexual Harassment.” The Huffington Post reported that on his MSNBC show in 2006, Tucker Carlson told Democratic strategist Steve McMahon that Democrats “made up the concept of sexual harassment.”“:
TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): A lot more fun? This is a group that made up the concept of sexual harassment. You look great today. Boom, I‘m charging you with a crime. Do you know what I mean? It‘s not a group I associate with fun. You want a sex scandal, the Republican party, baby, that‘s where you go. [The Huffington Post, 4/19/17]
Carlson On Hillary Clinton: There's “Something About Her That Feels Castrating.” In 2007, Carlson said there was “just something” about then-Senator Hillary Clinton that “feels castrating, overbearing, and scary.” [MSNBC, Tucker, 3/20/07]
Carlson Suggested Women Were Too “Sensible” To “Get Involved” In Politics. While hosting his now defunct MSNBC show Tucker, Carlson suggested to guest Eleanor Smeal, from the Feminist Majority Foundation, that “women are so sensible, they don't want to get involved in something as stupid as politics. ...They've got real things to do." He also denied the impact of sexism in politics by positing that because “most voters are women [...] So, if women were so anxious to have women in Congress, and there were so many great female candidates running, then why wouldn't Congress be 52 percent female?” [MSNBC, Tucker, 11/6/07]
Carlson Defended ESPN Analysts Who Made Comments About A Woman’s Outfit Claiming His Comments Were Not Sexual Harassment Because “Sexual Harassment By Definition Takes Place In Private.” On the February 24, 2010, edition of Fox News’ Hannity, Carlson disagreed with the suspension of an ESPN analyst over sexist comments about a woman’s outfit because “sexual harassment by definition takes place in private,” and since the analyst made his comments publicly, he was only being punished “for the sins of others.” [Fox News, Hannity, 2/24/10 via Nexis]
Carlson: It Is “The Dream Of 15-Year-Old Boys” To Be Sexually Harassed By Their Female Teacher. While guest hosting Fox News’ Outnumbered in 2014, Carlson strongly disagreed with his female co-hosts during a discussion on whether a female teacher who had sexually harassed a 15-year-old male student had committed a crime, saying “this is the dream of 15 year-old boys.” [Fox News, Outnumbered, 4/28/14]
Carlson: “Every Man Understands” That Getting Sexually Harassed By A Female Teacher Is “Like The Greatest Thing That Ever Happened.” On the May 5, 2014, edition of Fox News' Outnumbered, Carlson mocked a student who was sexually harassed by his female teacher, saying, “Every man understands this -- a 15 year-old boy looks at this as like the greatest thing that ever happened.” [Fox News, Outnumbered, 5/5/14]
Carlson: Reporting Statutory Rape Is “Whiny.” During the June 5, 2014 edition of Fox’s Outnumbered, Carlson described a student who had reported statutory rape by a teacher as “whiny,” saying “he went and tattled to the police.” [Fox News, Outnumbered, 6/5/14]
Carlson Downplayed Male Victims Of Domestic Violence Because It’s “Embarrassing, Getting Beaten Up By Your Girlfriend." In 2014, Tucker Carlson welcomed a report illustrating that domestic violence is under-reported by students, saying “I hope” that male victims of domestic violence would not come forward because “that is embarrassing, getting beaten up by your girlfriend. … I don’t care. It’s embarrassing, period.” [Fox News, Outnumbered, 7/31/14]
Tucker Carlson Defended His Brother Speculating That A Mayoral Spokeswoman Had “Extreme Dick-Fright” And Referring To Her As “LabiaFace.” After Tucker Carlson’s brother, Buckley Carlson, sent an offensive email to New York mayor Bill DeBlasio’s spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick in which he speculated about “extreme dick-fright” and called her a “whiny self-righteous bitch.” Tucker Carlson defended his brother by attacking Spitalnick’s “tone” as “whiny and annoying.” BuzzFeed News published the email exchange:
From: Buckley Carlson
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3:18 PM
To: Tucker Carlson; Spitalnick, Amy (OMB)
Subject: Re: Correction Needed
Great response. Whiny little self-righteous bitch. “Appalling?”
And with such an ironic name, too…Spitalnick? Ironic because you just know she has extreme dick-fright; no chance has this girl ever had a pearl necklace. Spoogeneck? I don't think so. More like LabiaFace.
From: Tucker Carlson
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:58 PM
To: “Spitalnick, Amy (OMB)”
Subject: Re: Correction Needed
Thanks for your email. You believe our story was inaccurate and have demanded a correction. Totally fair. We are going over the transcript now.
What Bedford complained about was your tone, which, I have to agree, was whiny and annoying, and I say that in the spirit of helpful correction rather than as a criticism. Outside of New York City, adults generally write polite, cheerful emails to one another, even when asking for corrections. Something to keep in mind the next time you communicate with people who don't live on your island.
Tucker Carlson [BuzzFeed, 3/25/15]
Carlson Defended Trump From Reports Of Sexual Harassment By Admitting He Is “Creepy Around Women,” But He Also Promotes Them. In 2016, Carlson said President Donald Trump is “creepy around women,” and then wrote it off, saying, “But we also learned that Trump promotes women more aggressively than Hillary Clinton does.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends Sunday, 5/15/16]
Carlson Dismissed Critical Coverage Of Trump’s “Grab Them By The Pussy” Comments: “Nobody Is Actually Shocked By This.” Discussing the audio of Trump saying of women, “Grab them by the pussy,” Carlson said, “Nobody is actually shocked by this and everyone is pretending to be.” He added that the media is manufacturing outrage over the remarks. [Fox News, MediaBuzz, 10/6/16]
Carlson Said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Is “The Prettiest Member Of Congress ... What Are Her Qualifications?” During the November 21 edition of his Fox show Tucker Carlson Tonight, Carlson suggested that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) had met with President Trump because “she’s the prettiest member of Congress” and Trump “ran beauty pageants,” wondering “what are her qualifications?” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 11/21/16]
Carlson Told A Teen Vogue Writer She Should “Stick To The Thigh-High Boots” And Stay Away From Political Writing. During the December 23, 2016, edition of his show, Carlson hosted Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca and, as reported by The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, “belittled her for her role in Teen Vogue; and condescended to her with a suggestion to stay away from political writing.” Carlson ended the segment by telling Duca: “You should stick to the thigh-high boots. You are better at that.” After her appearance on his show, Duca received rape threats and faced other types of online harassment. [The Washington Post, 12/28/16]
Carlson: Women’s Day Protests Were “Obviously An Attack On White Men.” On the March 8 edition of his Fox show, Carlson made “A Day Without A Woman” protests all about men, complaining that the protest’s message was that “if the business is owned by a white man, you can’t shop there.” Carlson used his thought to dismiss the protests as “obviously an attack on white men”:
JULIE ALVIN: I mean, I think that protest and strikes historically have been away to show the impact that people have on certain work places, on certain environments, by being absent. And by showing, you know, if you're not going to devalue me as much as you should, if you're not going to pay me equally, if you're not going to, you know, protect me from sexual harassment in the workplace. If you're not going to offer me paid leave, you know, this is what it would be like. If I did not participate in this economy in general. And sometimes the greatest way to show impact is to show absence. And I think that this is actually more effective than you're giving it credit for and, you know, strikes historically have been enormously effective in showing the value of the people who are striking.
TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): Yes. I mean, some have, some haven't. But the ones that have a very specific set of demands tend to succeed in the ones that are more fist tend not to succeed. So, I went to the website, Day Without A Woman to try to figure out what this is about. And one of the things I learned is that you're supposed to avoid shopping except at women and minority owned businesses. In other words, if the businesses owned by a white man, you can't shop there, you shouldn't shop there, why the hostility towards white men, what did they have towards white men exactly?
ALVIN: Well, I don't think that it's necessarily hostility towards white men, I think it's about being supportive towards women and towards minorities, who are historically disenfranchised in this country who are paid less, who are not treated it as well in the workforce, who don't have, you know, stability in the workforce. So, I don't think this is about punishing white men, I think it's about supporting women and people of color.
CARLSON: Well, sure. If you're boycotting white men it's obviously an attack on white men but that's not true actually. So, if you look at household median income, the top three slots are not white men, they're all people of color. I think the number one is Indians, and number two is Taiwanese, and the third is I think Filipino. So, actually white men are not making the most money in this country. I don't know if you've checked the numbers, it's a little bit weird to say boycott white male owned businesses when they're not the most successful, what is that about? [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 3/8/17 via Nexis]