Following closely on its report that Tucker Carlson used profane language during interviews on a shock-jock radio show more than 10 years ago, Media Matters is scheduling organized protests outside the Fox News building in New York City.
According to Grabien, the protests are planned for Wednesday, and they’re receiving support from prominent alumni of the Obama Administration.
Media Matters is timing the protest to coincide with a meeting Fox News execs have scheduled with advertisers. CNN, which has mentioned the Tucker Carlson comments 82 times since Sunday, explains the strategy:
- Fox has a financial motivation for adjusting the way it is perceived in the advertising marketplace. All three of its prime time talk shows, which is largely driven by opinion and punditry, have been targeted by liberal ad boycott efforts in the past year. Carlson and fellow conservative commentators Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham have all spoken out against the efforts.
- So Fox is touting its newscasts instead, reminding advertisers that it has plenty of other spots to place ads. "Shepard Smith Reporting" and "Special Report" are Fox News' daytime and evening news programs, respectively. …
- Wednesday's event at Fox HQ is also part of the campaign. Media Matters evidently wants attendees to walk by a sea of protesters.
- So it is organizing Wednesday's protest and partnering with other progressive groups to get the word out.
On Tuesday night, Media Matters for America dropped its third installment of unearthed recordings of Fox News host Tucker Carlson saying questionable things to radio host "Bubba the Love Sponge" from 2006 to 2011. In this batch, released via Now This News, Carlson shares some randy thoughts on a 2007 Miss Teen USA contestant representing South Carolina.
Exclusive: Tucker Carlson's sexual comments about a Miss Teen USA pageant are some of the most shocking yet - in new unearthed audio. pic.twitter.com/QCOzaYVYIC— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 13, 2019
The Week reports Carlson has pointedly refused to apologize for his decade-old comments, and when he was passing the network to fellow Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday night, Hannity said he wanted to "give you a compliment. So Tucker was going to be off this week. ... But it becomes a busy news week and he's not going to take the mob's crap. And he came into work to stand up to this, and I want the great viewers of this channel to know that.”
He ended by telling Carlson to "have a great rest of vacation you were supposed to have."