Fox News' Tucker Carlson Doubles Down On Forgoing Apology Over Controversial Radio Recordings In Opening Monologue: 'We Will Never Bow To The Mob, Ever'

A day after Media Matters For America put Fox News host Tucker Carlson at the center of controversy over remarks made on a nationally-syndicated radio show over a decade ago, the media personality took to his show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, to respond to what he called a "mob mentality."

"As anyone who's ever been caught in its gears can tell you, the great American outrage machine is a remarkable thing," Carlson said at the top of the show, launching into a six-minute monologue without directly addressing what he said in the interviews which aired on The Bubba Love Sponge Show from 2006 to 2011.

"There's really not that much you can do to respond," Carlson said, referring to reporters who called asking for quotes about the records. "It's pointless to try to explain how the words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context, or in any case bear no resemblance to what you actually think, or would want for the country. None of that matters. Nobody cares. You know the role you're required to play: You are a sinner, begging the forgiveness of Twitter."

Carlson went on to outline how it is expected that you apologize for comments made, donate to an organization that represents the people "you supposedly offended" and wait for stories about the apology "all of which are simply pretexts for attacking you again" before being fired from your job and "ruined."

Carlson added you can never acknowledge the "comic absurdity of the whole thing" and never "laugh in the face of the mob."

"You must always pretend that the people yelling at you are somehow your moral superiors," he said. "You have to assume that what they say they're mad about is what they're actually mad about. You have to take them at face value. You must pretend this is a debate about virtue, and not about power; that your critics are arguing from principle and not from partisanship."

The monologue segued into politics and the efforts of "the other side" to do whatever it takes to destroy an individual and how Republican leaders are controlled by the left.

"Republicans in Washington do a fairly credible imitation of an opposition party. They still give speeches. They tweet quite a bit. They make concerned noises about how liberals are bad, but on the deepest level, it's all a pose," Carlson said. "In their minds, where it matters, Republican leaders are controlled by the left. They know exactly what they're allowed to say and believe."

Carlson cited Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan as Republican leaders who hurried to condemn someone who said something out of line and regularly instruct other GOP members not to criticize progressives.

"This is a system built on deceit and enforced silence. Hypocrisy is its hallmark. Yet in Washington, it's considered rude to ask questions about how exactly it works," Carlson said. "Why are the people who considered Bill Clinton a hero lecturing me about sexism? How can the party that demands racial quotas denounce other people as racist? After a while, you begin to think that maybe their criticisms aren't sincere."

Carlson finished by speaking about progressives, claiming that "these are the people who write our movies and our sitcoms. They are not shocked by naughty words. They just pretend to be when it's useful. It's been very useful lately."

Carlson added that Fox News remains behind the show and that Tucker Carlson Tonight "will never" bow to the mob.

"We've always apologized when we're wrong, and will continue to do that. That's what decent people do. They apologize. But we will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what," Carlson said.

On Sunday, Carlson issued a statement in response to the records where he referred to women as 'extremely primitive' and compared females to dogs, among other controversial comments, saying he would prefer to invite critics to appear on his show and discuss their issues there rather than "express the usual ritual contrition" for any perceived wrongdoing.

Carlson has been employed by Fox News since May 2009. Tucker Carlson Tonight is the second-highest rated show on the network, behind Hannity.

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