Tucker Carlson Returns From Vacation To Go To War With New York Times; No Mention Of Sexual Harassment Suit & Ex-Writer’s Racist Posts

Tucker Carlson Returns From Vacation To Go To War With New York Times; No Mention Of Sexual Harassment Suit & Ex-Writer’s Racist Posts

By Dominic Patten

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(UPDATED with New York Times statement) “We’re off last week, it’s good to be back,” declared a plucky Tucker Carlson at the outset tonight of his Fox News Channel show.

And if viewers or critics were expecting the top-rated host to dive into controversies like a new lawsuit that alleges sexual harassment and retaliation by Carlson, they were barking up the wrong cable news tree. Neither that just filed complaint from former Fox Business Network associate producer Jennifer Eckhart and former FNC guest Cathy Areu nor one of Tucker Carlson Tonight’s top and now ex-writers being exposed on July 11 for frequently posting racist, sexist and homophobic comments on a legal message board made the polemic cut on FNC on Monday.

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What did make the cut was a sharp bombardment of a major media rival that has never had many fans in Rupert Murdoch’s empire.

Proclaiming modestly that he has long tried “not to talk about myself on the air,” Carlson actually did discuss himself at length near the end of Monday’s show. Perhaps in a move to distract from the topics of the vivid lawsuit and an axed writer’s bigotry, Carlson unleashed a barrage against the New York Times for a supposed yet unpublished story about “where my family and I live.”

Having suffered the understandably unsettling experience of protestors on his D.C. front lawn in November 2018, the Daily Caller co-founder tonight claimed the Gray Lady and reporter Murry Carpenter, who he both named and showed a picture of on-air, are trying to “hurt” him and his kin so the politically ambitious Carlson will “shut up and stop disagreeing with them – they believe in force.” As Carlson was delivering his closing remarks, the lower third of the screen bluntly read “Tucker Responds To Intrusive Reporting By NYT.”

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