On Monday night, Fox News' Tucker Carlson responded to a Media Matters hit on him this weekend.
The left-wing operation attempted to take out Carlson by combing through radio conversations between Carlson and a shock-jock known as "Bubba The Love Sponge" from a decade ago. Carlson's controversial comments ranged from jokes about all women despising "weakness" in men, using the word "c**t" to describe Martha Stewart’s daughter, and offering a defense for rape facilitator Warren Jeffs.
Though Carlson said he'll always apologize when he's in the wrong, the host made it clear that he "will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what," identified the real reason behind the Media Matters attack, and thanked Fox News for their "toughness."
"As anyone who’s ever been caught in its gears can tell you, the great American outrage machine is a remarkable thing. One day you’re having dinner with your family, imagining everything is fine. The next, your phone is exploding with calls from reporters," the host started his monologue. "They read you snippets from a press release written by Democratic party operatives. They demand to know how you could possibly have said something so awful and offensive. Do you have a statement on how immoral you are? It’s a bewildering moment, especially when the quotes in question are more than a decade old."
"There’s really not that much you can do to respond. 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," he continued. "So you issue a statement of deep contrition. You apologize profusely for your transgressions. You promise to be a better person going forward. With the guidance of your contrition consultants, you send money to whatever organization claims to represent the people you supposedly offended. Then you sit back and brace for a wave of stories about your apology, all of which are simply pretexts for attacking you again. In the end, you get fired, you lose your job."
Carlson challenged what have traditionally been deemed acceptable responses to the outrage mob.
"No matter what they take from you in the end, you must continue to pretend that these things are true: You are bad. They are good. The system is on the level," he suggested.
"But what if we stopped pretending for a minute? What if we acknowledged what’s actually going on?" Carlson asked. The Left is "deadly serious," he noted. "They plan to win it, whatever it takes. If that includes getting you fired, or silencing you, or threatening your family at home, or throwing you in prison, ok, they know what their goal is. If you’re in the way, they will crush you."
"The left’s main goal, in case you haven’t noticed, is controlling what you think," the host explained further. "In order to do that, they have to control the information that you receive. Google and Facebook and Twitter are on fully board with that. They’re happy to ban unapproved thoughts and they don’t apologize for it. They often do. So do the other cable channels, and virtually every major news outlet in this country."
Fox News stands alone as the only place for dissent in mainstream media, he noted, and thus the Left wants to destroy them.
"One of the only places left in the United States where independent thoughts are allowed is right here, the opinion hours on this network. Just a few hours in a sea of television programming. It’s not much, relatively speaking. For the Left, it’s unacceptable. They demand total conformity," Carlson said.
The Fox News host concluded: "For now, just two points to leave you with. First, FOX News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality in a TV network, and we are grateful for that. Second, 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.”
As emphasized by Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro, Media Matters has been disingenuously described by the mainstream media as a “media watchdog organization.” This is patently false; the organization was created and functions as a "smear machine" to take out anyone on the Right. Shapiro explains:
Media Matters, contrary to media descriptions, isn’t a “media watchdog organization.” It is a political smear factory designed to perform precisely that function against anyone to the right of Hillary Clinton. The organization was founded by professional smear artist David Brock, in conjunction with the Center for American Progress, an organization itself founded by John Podesta, the Clinton White House Chief of Staff. Hillary Clinton herself advised Brock on the creation of the organization. Mega-donor Leftist George Soros has poured money into the organization, announcing in 2010, “Media Matters is one of the few groups that attempts to hold Fox News accountable for the false and misleading information they so often broadcast. I am supporting Media Matters in an effort to more widely publicize the challenge Fox News poses to civil and informed discourse in our democracy.” Media Matters had regular strategy calls with the Obama White House.
WATCH the full monologue, below: