Tucker Carlson’s Weekly TV Ratings Rise Despite Boycotts

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Last week, there were calls to fire Tucker Carlson from Fox News after old audio resurfaced of the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host making crude remarks about women and statutory rape on a shock-jock radio show. Also last week, Carlson’s Nielsen ratings rose 8 percent.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 3 million total viewers last week, with 517,000 of them coming from the key adults 15-54 demographic. Those Nielsen numbers were up 7 percent and 8 percent, respectively, from the prior week  — and they also easily beat MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” (1.8 million and 298,000) and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” (1 million and 269,000).

In the demo, Carlson’s week was down 2019-to-date and versus the same week in 2018.

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As a whole, Fox News had another big week in terms of viewership. Across primetime, which for Fox is a Carlson/Sean Hannity/Laura Ingraham lineup, FNC averaged 2.387 million total viewers, with 401,000 in the 25-54 demo. March 11 through March 17 marked nine straight weeks for Fox as the No. 1 cable network.

Below are channels ranking 2 through 5 in primetime-audience averages:
2.    ESPN (1,935,000)
3.    MSNBC (1,868,000)
4.    HGTV (1,283,000)
5.    History (1,180,000)

CNN checked in at eleventh in primetime, averaging 939,000 total viewers for the important day part.

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The latest outcry again Carlson arose after liberal watchdog group Media Matters dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio that documented Carlson’s regular appearances on the the radio show of Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011. In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c-ty.”

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Back in December, Carlson lost sponsors after saying that immigrants made the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country. He subsequently shed some more advertisers after suggesting that high-earning women had become a cause for social ills in the U.S. and warned that men would not want to marry them.

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American Muslim Group Calls for Advertisers to Drop Fox News Unless Jeanine Pirro, Tucker Carlson Are Fired

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on all advertisers to drop Fox News until the network fires hosts Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson due to comments by both hosts that the civil rights group called “Islamophobic.”

“Fox News must clearly state that Jeanine Pirro will not be allowed back on the air after her long history of Islamophobic hate rhetoric and the network must also take similar action against other Islamophobic hosts like Tucker Carlson,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement. “All existing advertisers should drop their ads on Fox News to ensure that they are not associated with the promotion of hate.”

The council (more commonly known as CAIR) is one of the largest and most influential civil rights organizations for Muslim Americans.

Fox News preempted Jeanine Pirro’s weekly Saturday show on Saturday one week after the former federal judge suggested on air that Rep. Ilhan Omar may not fully support the United States Constitution because she is a Muslim — a statement that the network said last week that it “strongly condemns.”

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CAIR has also singled out statements that Carlson made on the radio show of a Florida shock jock between 2006 and 2011 that the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America recently resurfaced.

“Iraq is a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys — that’s why it wasn’t worth invading,” Carlson said during one interview from 2008, and in another imagined a presidential candidate who would blame “lunatic Muslims who are behaving like animals.”

Fox News did not immediately respond to a series of questions about the CAIR statement.

Even as dozens of advertisers have dropped Carlson’s show in recent months over comments about immigrants and women, the network has repeatedly vowed to stand the primetime host and insisted that it would never bow to pressure campaigns from Media Matters or anyone. (The network has been notably less vocal in its support of Pirro, offering no comment on when or if she might return to the air.)

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Both hosts however got a big assist over the weekend from their most famous fan, the President of the United States. In a series of tweets on Sunday, Trump rebuked the network after Pirro’s show was preempted and urged Fox to stand strong behind both hosts.

“Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well,” Trump scolded. “Fox must stay strong and fight back with vigor. Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die!”

“Keep fighting for Tucker, and fight hard for @JudgeJeanine,” he concluded. “Your competitors are jealous – they all want what you’ve got – NUMBER ONE. Don’t hand it to them on a silver platter. They can’t beat you, you can only beat yourselves!”

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Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile Joins Fox News as a Contributor

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Fox News is reaching across the political aisle for its latest big-name hire, adding former Democratic National Committee chairperson Donna Brazile as a contributor.

Brazile will give her political analysis on both Fox News and Fox Business Network. She’ll make her Fox News debut on “The Daily Briefing With Dana Perino” at 2 p.m. ET Monday.

“I know I’m going to get criticized from my friends in the progressive movement for being on Fox News. My response is that, if we’ve learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that we can’t have a country where we don’t talk to those who disagree with our political views,” Brazile said in a statement.

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“There’s an audience on Fox News that doesn’t hear enough from Democrats,” she continued. “We have to engage that audience and show Americans of every stripe what we stand for rather than retreat into our ‘safe spaces’ where we simply agree with each other. For there is no safety in self-limiting numbers. You can be darn sure that I’m still going to be me on Fox News. I’m going to do what I always do: and dish it out straight, exactly as I see it, with just as much New Orleans hot sauce as folks expect.”

Brazile served as the national chair of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election, following the resignation of previous DNC chairperson Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who stepped down after leaked emails showed DNC officials conspiring to sabotage the campaign of Bernie Sanders.

Brazile had a short-lived tenure as a CNN contributor, but resigned after emails from released by WikiLeaks showed that Brazile had sent questions to Hillary Clinton’s campaign ahead of a CNN-aired debate.

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Why Does Media Matters Only Seem to Target Fox News Stars Like Tucker Carlson?

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The liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America, which burst back into the public eye this week with multiple reports highlighting embarrassing past public remarks by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, has long targeted conservative media and Fox News in particular — while giving a pass to liberals guilty of comparable misstatements.

The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, founded 15 years ago by conservative journalist turned progressive activist David Brock, has led pressure campaigns and advertiser boycotts against former Fox News stars Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly — as well as ongoing campaigns against Carlson and fellow Fox News primetime hosts Laura Ingraham. Each has lost dozens of sponsors.

But the organization has largely ignored embarrassing past comments made by the likes of civil rights leader turned CNN host Al Sharpton or MSNBC anchor Joy Reid, who once ran a blog (unearthed by Mediaite) that included remarks she herself described as “hateful.”

“In the end for progressive activist groups like Media Matters, Fox News is the biggest and most powerful and therefore the first and only elephant to bag,” Joe Concha, a media reporter for The Hill, told TheWrap. “It’s why those who part ways with the network are never targeted again. There’s a bigger mission here, and that is to weaken the network by removing its biggest stars.”

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A rep for Media Matters insisted that the group maintains a broad focus. “We don’t only watchdog Fox News. We put research resources and work into way more than Fox,” the individual said, without offering specifics. “There are other ways to push for change and accountability other than advertiser efforts.”

Though its mission statement on its website makes clear that its focus is on monitoring media “for conservative misinformation,” Media Matters has largely bypassed other increasingly ascendant players in right-wing media, including local news giant Sinclair and David Pecker’s American Media — producing few articles and launching no boycotts against other outlets’ prominent personalities and sponsors.

“Sinclair just isn’t important. You can find Sinclair if you are a hardcore boomer con passing around memes on Facebook but Fox is a brand,” said media critic Stephen L. Miller, a former Fox News contributor who is no relation to the White House official of the same name. “You can turn Fox on and watch it and everyone knows it. They have higher ratings than MSNBC and certainly higher than any show on CNN, which is what this is actually about.”

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Indeed, Media Matters president Angelo Carusone dismissed critics of MSNBC’s Joy Reid, calling attacks on the host “bulls—” and “right-wing chicanery” and said outrage over her past derogatory remarks about LGBT people was “not based on a pattern of behavior but on a random thing plucked from time and space.”

Carusone also shot down criticism of his own past comments after the Carlson-founded Daily Caller resurfaced 2005 blog posts in which he referred to “trannies” and “Jewish gold.” “That entire exercise on our website was a satirical parody of a right-wing blow hard,” Carusone told TheWrap. “I did it for two months and I stopped. It was a parody.”

For many media critics, Media Matters’ selective outrage over Fox News is a blind spot that reduces its overall credibility.

“It’s pretty simple: Media Matters is on record declaring the Joy Reid story wasn’t worth exploring at all because it didn’t reach its standards. The standard, of course, being that Reid works for MSNBC and is one of the network’s most beloved hosts.” Concha said. “To cover Reid would mean alienating its readers and defying its mission, and that just wasn’t going to happen.”

Radio host and The Federalist contributor Jesse Kelly added, “Media Matters gave Joy Reid a pass because she’s a lefty and Media Matters is only interested in the destruction and silencing of people on the right.”

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Media Matters’ targeting of Fox News isn’t new. In a 2011 interview with Politico that noted that Media Matters had “all but abandoned its monitoring of newspapers and other television networks,” the group’s then-president Brock declared “war on Fox” and promised a campaign of “guerilla warfare and sabotage.”

The organization only began reporting on Carlson since he joined Fox News a decade ago. He actually worked for MSNBC from 2005 to 2008 — a period when Carlson made many of his most inflammatory comments on the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show. Media Matters did not surface the comments at the time and MSNBC is not known to have taken any disciplinary action against him. Reps for the network declined to comment for this story.

While Media Matters has not said that it wants to see Carlson removed from the air, the organization has pressured current and prospective advertisers to avoid the network. “It would be unfair of us to know all that we know about Fox News and its volatility and not share that when it would matter most to those brands,” Carusone told TheWrap.

On Wednesday, the channel held an event for prospective media buyers to win over new advertisers for the network’s less partisan news programming. Carusone told TheWrap the group’s releases of past Tucker comments were not intended to overshadow the gathering, but his organization staged a protest outside the network’s headquarters in New York City on the same day.

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In a statement, Fox News said the advertiser showcase went swimmingly. “Today more than 100 advertisers attended Fox News Channel’s first ever upfront presentation which showcased our best in class journalism and opinion programming,” Marianne Gambelli, Fox News president for advertising sales, told TheWrap. “We were extremely proud to open our doors and introduce the media buying community to our America’s Watching campaign, incredible team of talent and new state of the art studios.”

So far, the channel has vowed to stand behind Carlson, a point he proudly stated in his opening monologue on Monday.

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson said. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.” In recent months, the network has issued several statements of support for him and Ingraham — who is also facing a protracted advertiser boycott over remarks she made last year about Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg.

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Samantha Bee offered her two cents on the Tucker Carlson imbroglio currently engulfing Fox News on Wednesday, saying that the host’s old disparaging remarks towards women and Iraqis is probably what got him his job at the network.

“That is vile and disgusting and presumably the audition tape that got him a job interview at Fox,” Bee said during the monologue of her TBS show “Full Frontal. “Tucker Carlson publicly advocated a genocide while promoting his MSNBC show?”

On set, Bee played several of the most damaging moments from the Carlson audio released by Media Matters this week.

“I love women, but they’re extremely primitive. They’re basic,” Carlson said in one moment during his collected appearances on Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show.

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“If there were a Democrat to come out in the 2008 election and say, ‘you know what the problem is, it’s these lunatic Muslims who are behaving like animals and I am going to kill as many of them as I can if you’d elect me.’ I’d vote for you if you said that,” he added, during another moment on the show.

He also said Iraq was a place filled with “semi-literate primitive monkeys.”

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Bee has a personal bone to pick with Carlson. In May 2018, the host attacked her on air after the comedian called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c–.” Carlson said he was stunned by Bee’s use of the term and said it just wasn’t a word that should be in anyone’s vocabulary.

“That one word that [Bee] used. I don’t know any man who uses that word because it is kind of the one word that is actually degrading,” Carlson told radio host Tammy Bruce on his own show. “It’s the thing that feminists are always telling us. That word really is.”

Among the many things Carlson was quoted saying on Bubba’s show was a pointed jab at television host Alexis Stewart, who he called “c–ty.”

Bee later apologized for using the word  toward Ivanka. Tucker, however, has remained defiant. In a statement Sunday, he refused to concede wrongdoing and said anyone aggrieved should come on his show. Fox News has stood resolutely behind him throughout.

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Tucker Carlson spent a third day attacking left wing critics and Media Matters for America on Wednesday evening, this time zeroing in on newly resurfaced blog posts from the organization’s president Angelo Carusone.

“Carusone is himself an enthusiastic bigot,” Carlson said on his Fox News primetime show. “We know this for sure because he has written about it extensively. It turns out for years Carusone maintained a racist blog.”

The Fox News host then read a number of excerpts from Cauronse’s blog from more than a decade ago. In one post called “tranny paradise,” Carusone mocked a Bangladeshi man who had been assaulted in Thailand by a group of male prostitutes. In another, he attempted to explain his longtime boyfriend’s conservative leanings by noting his “possession of several bags of Jewish gold.”

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“Jewish gold,” Carlson said. “According to Angelo Carusone, Jewish gold is a problem. Media Matters probably ought to issue a press release about this. They’ve done a lot more for a lot less.”

The story on Carusone’s blog was reported on Wednesday in the Daily Caller — a paper co-founder by Carlson in 2010.

Carusone addressed the issue during an appearance at a Media Matters sponsored protest outside of Fox News on Wednesday.

“That entire exercise on our website was a satirical parody of a right wing blow hard,” Carusone told TheWrap. “The entire thing was a caricature of what a right wing blow hard would sound like if he was living my life. It wasn’t a very good effort. I did it for two months and I stopped. It was a parody.”

“Tucker Carlson and Fox News should be grateful that Media Matters is as fair as we are because there’s a ton of stuff that we didn’t publish,” Carusone added.

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On Sunday and Monday, the non-profit liberal watchdog group dropped multiple recordings of Carlson making embarrassing remarks on the radio show of Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge. Among the most notable were calling television host Alexis Stewart “c–ty,” saying Iraqis were “primitive semi-literate monkeys,” and various other disparaging remarks toward women in general.

The drop was explicitly designed to put pressure on Carlson’s current and prospective advertisers and to continue an exodus which has seen dozens of sponsors leave the program in recent months. In a statement on Sunday, the host conceded to “naughty” language but refused to apologize, saying he was happy to have anyone who was aggrieved by what he thought on his show.

In a monologue Monday, he added that his network stood resolutely behind him.

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson said. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”

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Tucker Carlson called for an IRS investigation into Media Matters for America on Tuesday saying that as a non-profit, its political activity was in violation of its 501 (c) (3) status.

“In an e-mail from January 5 of 2016, Hillary staff discussed working with Media Matters to counter a Vanity Fair piece on Huma Abedin, quote, ‘We have Media Matters and core surrogates lined up which we can expand on tomorrow,’” Carlson said. “This isn’t just unethical, it is illegal.”

“Under IRS Regulations 501 (c) (3), nonprofits are totally prohibited from participating in campaigns of political candidates. Media Matters broke the law. The group has never been punished for this, though it is widely known,” Carlson continued. “Media Matters retains its tax exempt status. That means that you and every other taxpayer is subsidizing attacks on our own First Amendment. Why is this? How can this be happening? Maybe someone should call the IRS tomorrow morning and find out.”

Reps for Media Matters and the IRS did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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Carlson and Fox News have been on a warpath ever since the liberal watchdog group posted excerpts from multiple radio interviews Carlson gave between 2006 and 2011 in which he made disparaging remarks towards women and called Iraqis “semiliterate primitive monkeys.”

“Media Matters is a George Soros-funded lobbying organization whose sole mission is to punish critics of the Democratic Party,” Carlson derided. “Media Matters often uses propaganda from the Southern Poverty Law Center to bully corporations, news executives, and tech companies into punishing people it doesn’t like. Not surprisingly, the media love Media Matters.”

In the segment, the Fox News also went after mainstream media journalists who have worked with the organization, citing the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent and BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith by name as people willing to do Media Matters bidding.

Reps for Sargent and Smith did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap. Carlson also repeated his past attacks on CNN senior media reporter Brian Stelter, again calling him a eunuch. CNN has repeatedly declined to respond to the insult.

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Since Media Matters dropped audio from Carlson’s frequent appearances on the radio show of Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge, the host and his network have faced renewed outrage and calls for him to be terminated. At least two advertisers have dropped his show since the Media Matters drop.

In a statement Sunday, Carlson refused to apologize for the “naughty” language, saying anyone upset was welcome to come on his show and have it out with him.

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour,” Carlson continued. “If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

On Monday, Carlson doubled down on air, informing viewers that he would never “bow” to online outrage mobs and said Fox News stood resolutely behind him.

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson said. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”

The network confirmed Tuesday evening that Carlson was expected to remain on air for the rest of the week.

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Tucker Carlson’s show slipped a bit in demo ratings on Monday, which was the Fox News host’s first episode since Media Matters unearthed old audio of Carlson making crude remarks about women and statutory rape during radio interviews.

Last night’s program drew 2.895 million viewers, with 495,000 of those coming from the key adults 25-54 demographic. Those numbers topped all of Tucker’s cable news competition, but they’re down from his quarter-to-date averages.

Versus last Monday (2.862 million) and the same night last year (2.791 million), Carlson’s latest episode ticked up in total viewers.

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson addressed the online boycotts against him during Monday’s show. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”

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Carlson is the host of cable news’ No. 2 show, sitting just behind fellow Fox News program “Hannity,” which airs after his. That means Carlson owns his 8 p.m. hour among direct competition, and that claim holds true for both total viewers and among adults 25-54, which is the key demographic for companies advertising on news programming.

We can extrapolate that even further: Carlson has the most-watched show at 8 p.m. in all of cable, including the ESPNs and HGTVs of the world. Among his main demo, Carlson currently ranks below ESPN and USA Network.

For 2019 to-date, Carlson episodes are averaging 2.937 million total viewers per episode, with 525,000 of those coming from the main demo.

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Carlson has lost dozens of sponsors over a series of comments led to backlash. In December, he said that immigrants made the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country. Carlson subsequently lost more advertisers after suggesting that high-earning women had become a cause for social ills in the U.S. and warned that men would not want to marry them.

The latest outcry arose after liberal watchdog group Media Matters on Sunday dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio that documented Carlson’s regular appearances on the the radio show of Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011. In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c-ty.”

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said on Sunday. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

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Tucker Carlson doubled-down Monday night against his critics who reacted to a compilation of decade-old radio interviews published by Media Matters for America in which the host made various disparaging comments toward women.

In a monologue on Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the conservative commentator said he would never “bow to the mob,” adding that Fox News stands behind him.

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson said. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”

Carlson added that he would never be pressured into apologizing but would only due so if he genuinely believed himself in the wrong.

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On Sunday and into Monday, Carlson faced a cascade of outrage on Twitter over remarks he made between 2006 and 2011 to the Florida radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge. On set Monday evening, Carlson said the remarks had been said in jest or taken out of context.

In a statement issued late Sunday evening, Carlson did concede the language had been “naughty,” but said anyone upset was welcome to appear on his show to air their grievances.

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

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The host is currently facing a boycott of more than two dozen advertisers, a group that was joined by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca on Monday.

Carlson’s monologue stating that his network supported him aligns with multiple past statements the Fox News has issued in defense of him and fellow embattled host Laura Ingraham.

In a statement to TheWrap Monday morning, Media Matters president Angelo Carusone said that more Carlson recordings were coming.

“The other material is similarly vile,” Carusone said. “The next one will help give some additional insight into Tucker’s worldview vis-a-vis race and ethnicity.”

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Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is the first advertiser to say it will drop Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show following the release of old recordings in which Carlson made disparaging remarks about women and the prosecution of statutory rape.

“AstraZeneca confirms we no longer advertise on the Tucker Carlson show and we will not be advertising on this program in the future,” the company tweeted Monday.

No other advertisers have announced plans to part with Carlson. Quincy Bioscience, which advertises its Prevagen memory booster supplement on his show, told TheWrap on Monday that it does not publicly comment on its advertising, but said “as a company we don’t support name calling or insulting commentary.”

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TheWrap has reached out to other companies that have advertised on Carlson’s show recently ― including Capital One, Golden Corral and Jenny Craig. We will update this story as we hear back.

On Sunday, liberal watchdog group Media Matters posted a compilation of audio from Carlson’s appearances on the “Bubba the Love Sponge Show” between 2006 2011. In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c-ty,” and said he opposed the arrest and prosecution of a fundamentalist minister who arranged illegal marriages between his adult male followers and underage girls.

On Sunday night, Carlson said in a statement that he would not “express the usual ritual contrition” for “saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” and invited critics to come on his show and take it up with him directly.

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The release of the recordings led to a social media campaign demanding Fox fire Carlson and calls for advertisers to abandon the show; Fox continues to stand by him, and Carlson will appear as scheduled on his show tonight, the network says.

In December, Carlson faced an advertiser’s boycott after he said on his Fox show that immigrants make the country “poorer and dirtier.” At least 30 advertisers dropped his show in response, including Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, CareerBuilder, TD Ameritrade and Just For Men. Outback Steakhouse told TheWrap that it stopped advertising on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in January, while PC Pitstop, a malware detection company, declined to comment.

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

AstraZeneca confirms we no longer advertise on the Tucker Carlson show and we will not be advertising on this program in the future.

— AstraZenecaUS (@AstraZenecaUS) March 11, 2019

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Tucker Carlson Continues to Deliver Massive Ratings to Fox News – Despite the Boycotts

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Despite the renewed calls to #FireTuckerCarlson over his inflammatory comments in recently resurfaced old interviews, the Fox News host remains very popular among cable news viewers.

So far in 2019, Carlson’s 8 p.m. program on the Fox News Channel is averaging 2.9 million total viewers per episode, which is 41 percent more than Chris Hayes on MSNBC and a whopping 122 percent more than CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

In the key ratings demographic, which for primetime news programming is adults ages 25-54, Carlson averages 525,000 viewers, per Nielsen. That’s 37 percent more than Cooper and 46 percent more than Hayes.

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Carlson’s audience this year is not only larger than his direct competition’s, it is larger than anything in the 8 p.m. hour on all of cable. Yes, that includes ESPN, HGTV and everything else.

The viewership continues despite an outcry over a December episode in which he said that immigrants made the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country — a comment that led at least two dozen sponsors to pull ads from the show.

He subsequently lost more advertisers after suggesting that high-earning women had become a cause for social ills in the U.S. and warned that men would not want to marry them.

The latest outcry arose after liberal watchdog group Media Matters on Sunday dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio that documented Carlson’s regular appearances on the the radio show of Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011. In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c–ty.”

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Carlson addressed the audio on Sunday evening, telling critics they were welcome to come on his show and take issue with him directly. He did not apologize.

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said, sidestepping the fact that some clips were as recent as 2011. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

Carlson will appear as scheduled on his show tonight, according to Fox News.

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Rep Ilhan Omar Thanks Fox News After Network ‘Strongly Condemns’ Jeanine Pirro

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Rep. Ilhan Omar praised Fox News on Monday after the network publicly rebuked host Jeanne Pirro.

“Thank you, @FoxNews,” Omar tweeted. “No one’s commitment to our constitution should be questioned because of their faith or country of birth.”

Pirro suggested on her show Saturday night that the Minnesota congresswoman’s Muslim faith might make her less loyal to the United States.

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“This is not who your party is. Your party is not anti-Israel, she is. Think about this. She is not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party,” Pirro said. “So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from? Think about it. Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran, 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?”

Pirro’s statement was heavily criticized, even coming by some within Fox News, like contributor Guy Benson and Hufsa Kamal, a Muslim producer for “Special Report With Bret Baier.”

“@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself,” Kamal said in a tweet.

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Fox News condemned Pirro’s remarks in a statement and promised that Pirro had been spoken with.

“We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly,” a network rep said. The rep did not respond to requests to elaborate on how the matter was addressed or whether any disciplinary action will be taken.

Pirro released her own statement where she declined to apologize, and instead offered Omar the opportunity to appear on air.

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“I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American. My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution,” she said. “I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”

Omar had been under fire just days ago after she made remarks that questioned the “allegiance” of Israel supporters in the United States, which was called anti-semitic by a broad spectrum of figures including former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Omar has not addressed the issue publicly.

Reps for Fox News did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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Media Matters Teases Release of ‘Vile’ Tucker Carlson Tapes Focused on ‘Race and Ethnicity’

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Media Matters for America says they have additional recordings of Tucker Carlson and are planning to release them as early as Monday. The new audio will relate to past remarks from Carlson on race and ethnicity

“The other material is similarly vile,” company chief Angelo Carusone told TheWrap on Monday. “The next one will help give some additional insight into Tucker’s worldview vis-a-vis race and ethnicity.”

“[We] certainly want to make sure they are released when they can be most helpful to the media buying decision makers,” Carusone added, alluding to his company’s long history of organizing pressure campaigns against Fox News advertisers.

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“We’re entering a critical time of year: upfronts. This is when most of the ads for next year will be sold,” Carusone said. “Brand safety and dependability is a big factor this year. Advertisers have grown increasingly frustrated with the steady stream of Fox controversies. Many of them were predictable if the media buyers had better information.”

The new Tucker audio may come as early as Monday or Tuesday.

A rep for Fox News did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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On Sunday, the liberal watchdog group dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio from Carlson that documented his regular appearances on the the radio show of Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011. In the recording, Carlson made several disparaging remarks toward women including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c–ty.”

Carlson pointedly refused to apologize on Sunday evening, telling critics they were welcome to come on his show and take issue with him directly.

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

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Fox News ‘Strongly Condemns’ Jeanine Pirro for Remarks on Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Muslim Faith

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Fox News strongly condemned Jeanine Pirro late Sunday evening after the network host suggested that Rep. Ilhan Omar may not fully support the United States Constitution because she is a Muslim.

“We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly,” a network rep said. The rep did not respond to requests to elaborate on how the matter was addressed or whether any disciplinary action will be taken.

Pirro also released her own statement in which she offered no apology, but did clarify her intentions.

“I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American. My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution,” she said. “I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”

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The duel statements capped more than 24 hours of growing outrage over a moment from Pirro’s Saturday evening Fox News program in which she laced into Omar over remarks the freshman Congresswoman has made attacking Israel and which many have derided as anti-semitic.

“This is not who your party is. Your party is not anti-Israel, she is. Think about this. She is not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party,” Pirro said Saturday. “So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from? Think about it. Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran, 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?”

The comment sparked a bipartisan cascade of outrage, with even Fox News personalities like contributor Guy Benson calling out Pirro. Hufsa Kamal, who works as producer for the network’s “Special Report With Bret Baier,” tweeted out her criticism and tagged the judge to make sure she would see it.

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“@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself,” she said. 

Pirro is a longtime friend of President Trump and the billionaire is known to watch the show regularly.

Her remarks were one of two major headaches for the channel on Sunday. Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson was forced to explain years of past remarks he made in on-air appearances on an old Florida radio show, including one in which he called host Alexis Stewart “c–ty.”

In a statement, he too declined to apologize and also invited critics, including the left-leaning watchdog group Media Matters for America, to face him on-air.

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago.” Carlson said, though some of the resurfaced comments occurred as recently as 2011. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

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Tucker Carlson, who refused to apologize on Sunday evening after old audio clips surfaced of the Fox News host making disparaging remarks about women and calling TV and radio personality Alexis Stewart “c–ty,” had a very different reaction to comedian Samantha Bee’s use of that word to describe first daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump.

During a May 31, 2018 airing of his “Tucker Carlson Tonight” program, Carlson called the word “actually degrading” and said he didn’t know of any man who would use such language. Carlson made the remarks during a monologue calling out Bee called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c—” on air on her weekly TBS show “Full Frontal.”

“That one word that [Bee] used. I don’t know any man who uses that word because it is kind of the one word that is actually degrading,” Carlson told radio host Tammy Bruce on his own show. “It’s the thing that feminists are always telling us. That word really is.”

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“It reduces us to a vile terminology, to a part of our body and to the ultimate debasement of who we are as women,” Bruce added. “This transcends politics and party and everything else. This is about a loathing and hate. They have no ideas.”

Bruce also slammed the broader “misogyny” which she said “lives on the left” and attacked women such as actress Sally Field for coming to Bee’s defense.

But during call-in radio segments on “Bubba the Love Sponge Show” between 2006 and 2011 unearthed by the liberal watchdog group Media Matter for America, Carlson made a series of degrading comments about statutory rape and women such as Martha Stewart’s daughter, Alexis.

“She seems extremely c–ty,” Carlson told Bubba about Alexis Stewart on air in 2006. “She just does seem a little c–ty.”

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After saying that he heard Bubba producer Brent Hatley interview Alexis Stewart, Carlson added, “I heard her on with him and I just wanted to give her the spanking she so desperately needs. … She seems so high-maintenance, she seems like the kind of person you marry and then just the rest of your life is like hell.”

On Sunday evening, Carlson released a statement in which he conceded to using “naughty” language during past radio appearances but declined to apologize and said that anyone who was truly aggrieved by any of his positions was welcome to come on set.

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago. Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour,” Carlson said. “If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

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The audio, which Media Matters released Sunday evening, was taken during a period between 2006 and 2011 and documents Carlson’s long history of calling into the Florida radio show of shock jock Bubba The Love Sponge.

Media Matters has a long history of targeting Fox News hosts and personalities with damaging releases like the Carlson tapes and in the past has also led advertiser boycotts against the channel. In recent months Carlson has lost more than two dozen sponsors after he accused illegal immigrants of making the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country.

In multiple past statements, Fox News has vowed to continued to stand behind the embattled host.

Media Matters chief Angelo Carusone did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap about whether he would press for a new boycott against Carlson and Fox News.

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