Fox News’ Tucker Carlson addressed the resignation of Blake Neff, a writer for Carlson’s show who quit soon after a CNN report revealed racist and sexist comments he had posted online.
Carlson admitted to the viewers of his show on Monday night that “what Blake wrote anonymously was wrong.”
“We don’t endorse those words,” Carlson said. “They have no connection to the show. It is wrong to attack people for qualities they cannot control.”
At the end of his show, the Fox News host announced that he would be going on a previously planned trout-fishing vacation for the next few days. …
Carlson’s fishing trip announcement isn’t the first time he’s said he was taking a break amid controversy. In August 2019, he claimed that white supremacy was a “hoax” and not a real problem in the U.S., sparking calls for his firing. In the face of that backlash, Carlson announced at the end of his show he would be taking more than a week off the air.
Other Fox News hosts have taken similar breaks in the face of controversy.
Bill O’Reilly went on vacation after news broke of his sexual harassment settlements, and he eventually left Fox News without returning to his show.
Of course, what the Huffington Post calls “racist” and “sexist” might not be by definitions that prevailed until a few years ago. The articles about Neff don’t actually quote his speech crime, which is suspicious. “White supremacist” is just the left’s new updated version of “racist!”, and means little.
Anyway, Tucker chose not to defend Neff. In today’s climate, it would surely be a distraction — and just give the left an opportunity to fling more mud at Tucker. He went on a holiday instead, which might be a good idea to cool off. Another example of the power of the left to cancel its opponents. See our post before Tucker’s response here.