Tucker Carlson announced Monday that he would be taking vacation just days after his chief writer was forced to resign for secretly posting racist, anti-LGBTQ and sexist comments on an obscure online forum for the past five years .
Fox News host said the break was a “long-planned trout fishing trip”, telling viewers, “This is one of those years where, if you don’t do it now, you probably don’t go there, if something dramatic happens, of course. ‘
Blake Neff, a native of South Dakota, has posted offensive material for several years on an Internet bulletin board called AutoAdmit. He resigned Friday after the story was broken by CNN, who then contacted Fox for comment.
Speaking to the story on Monday, Carlson appeared to defend Neff, saying “we are all human” and he “paid a heavy price”.
He also criticized the “ghouls beating the destruction of the chests, young man”, but added: “We do not approve of these words. They have nothing to do with the show.
The CNN report cites several examples of questionable publications on the AutoAdmit site, with sectarian and derogatory comments on women, blacks, Asians and LGBTQ.
“The black scribbles that stay indoors while playing Call of Duty are probably one of the biggest deterrents to crime,” he reportedly wrote a few weeks ago.
In another, he said, “Honestly, given the constant pretension of tired blacks, the real crisis may be their lack of sleep. “
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Tucker Carlson announced Monday that he will take “planned” vacations just days after his chief writer resigns
Blake Neff, who was the best writer on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News, resigned after revealing a number of racist and sexist messages written by him
Speaking on Monday evening, Carlson said, “What Blake wrote anonymously was wrong. We do not approve of these words, they have no connection with the show.
“It is wrong to attack people for qualities they cannot control. In this country, we judge people for what they do, not for the way they were born. We often say this because we mean it. We will continue to defend this principle, often alone among national information programs, because it is essential. Nothing is more important.
“Blake did not meet this standard and he paid a high price for it. “
But he added: “We must also emphasize that the ghouls are now beating their chests in triumph over the destruction of a young man that own justice also has its costs.
“We are all human. When we pretend that we are holy, we are lying. When we pose as blameless in order to hurt others, we commit the most serious sin of all and we will be punished for it.
As of Friday evening, Neff’s digital public figure had been removed from online sites with his personal Twitter and LinkedIn accounts disabled.
The AutoAdmit forum is supposed to be frequented by lawyers and law students where racism and sexism are rampant.
According to CNN Business, Neff made disparaging remarks to blacks and Asians.
He mocked a woman for being an “Azn mega-machine” in posts that were allegedly all posted under a pseudonym.
Its abuse has led other users to get involved and abuse the woman for several years in monitoring positions.
Neff said he “wouldn’t get LASIK from an Asian for free” in response to a thread with the subject line, “Would he let a JET BLACK congo n ***** do surgery laser eyepiece on u for 50% of? ‘
“I wouldn’t get LASIK for free from an Asian, so no,” Neff reportedly replied.
In other parts of the forum, he would have joked about “foodie f *****” and “Third World sh *******”.
Neff resigned from Tucker Carlson on Friday morning after an investigation revealed that Neff posted under the pseudonym “CharlesXII”
posted on AutoAdmit for the entire four years he worked on the show
Fox News said in an internal staff memo that it “strongly condemns this horrible racist, misogynistic and homophobic behavior.
“Neff’s heinous conduct on this forum was never disclosed on the show or on the network until Friday, when we quickly accepted his resignation. Make no mistake about it, actions like his cannot and will not be tolerated at any time in any part of our workforce, “read a memo from FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and the President and FOX News Media editor Jay Wallace.
Neff attended Dartmouth College, a private Ivy League university in Hanover, New Hampshire.
An article written about him in an alumni magazine talked about the supposed influence he had on the series.
“Everything he reads on the teleprompter, the first draft was written by me,” says Neff.
For the past three and a half years he has worked on the show, Neff explained that he would initially speak to Carlson every day about what he should cover, but said he shared similar views as a specialist right on many issues.
“I got used to what he likes and what he thinks,” he said.
“We are very aware that we have this power to influence conversation, so we are trying to use it responsibly,” he told the magazine.
“Our show is controversial – it’s just objective – but I don’t think we are fueling the conflict.
“When people accuse us of this, they allow real arsonists to stir them up.”
Sometimes Neff’s messages overlapped even with Carlson’s live lines being repeated
Neff is said to have made a number of overtly racist comments and has since deleted all of his social media.
Sometimes his messages overlapped even with Carlson’s live lines.
In an example, Neff would have written on the forum: “As an American, you have the right to wear the T-shirt you want and to have the political opinions you want. Christ.’
The former writer Fox held a large amount of power over the top rated program on cable news for several years.
The following night, during his broadcast, Carlson reflected the comments.
‘… And they can wear all the shirts they want. You thought it was true. You thought it was your right as an American, ”he reportedly wrote.
CNN received an anonymous tip revealing Neff’s username as “CharlesXII”. The researchers were then able to corroborate messages on the bulletin board with public information about it.
In the photos he would have published on the forum, Neff’s reflection could also be seen taking the photo.
Site commenters would have known that the person behind the account had worked on the Carlson show.
Carlson has been criticized repeatedly over the past few years for racist and sexist comments made both on and off the air, but he remains at the top of Fox News rankings.
He has been accused of fueling racism and xenophobia, while claiming that the threat of white supremacy is a “hoax”.
In one case, he suggested that accepting immigrants to the county made America “poorer and dirtier.”
Carlson said on Monday that decorated war veteran Tammy Duckworth was a “coward” for not wanting to appear on his show.
Following comments on Monday, Duckworth – who became a double amputee after losing his legs while serving in Iraq – suggested on Twitter that Carlson “walks a mile in my legs.”