Tucker Carlson called into my satellite radio show regularly from 2006-11, and like all my guests, he adopted an edgy comic persona for the broadcast. The co-hosts chimed in: "Good".
Carlson later says, "I was thinking about tapping my foot next to her stall" - an apparent reference to a code to express a desire for sex.
WaPo also responds to Carlson's point that Media Matters is partially funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros, arguing that the organization has not been funded by Soros in "many years".
Come Monday, Carlson refused to apologize for those clips.
In a monologue Monday, he added that his network stood resolutely behind him.
After the 2007 Miss Teen USA contest, Carlson suggested the pageant host had sex with the SC contestant Caitlin Upton using vulgar terms, according to the audio. Fox News covered the story. "Toughness is a rare quality in a TV network, and we're grateful for that".
Tucker Carlson is staying true to Fox News' bigoted roots.
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".
Except here's the thing: No one wants that kind of faux contrition from Carlson, because the words were not taken out of context, and more importantly, they don't seem to be that far off from the person he still presents himself to be.
After the first round - which featured Carlson's suggestions that rape shield laws were "totally unfair", that women were "extremely primitive" and that he would "love" a scenario involving young girls experimenting sexually - Carlson issued a defiant statement to The Washington Post.