The same leftist who has been leading the charge against Fox News host Tucker Carlson for problematic remarks he made in the past has an interesting history of his own, deriding transgenders, Jews, Japanese, and Bangladeshis.
As Peter Hasson of The Daily Caller reports, Media Matters President Angelo Carusone, who initiated a boycott campaign against Carlson, used to have a blog in which he disparaged various groups. Some examples Hasson cites:
A November 2005 instance in which Carusone posited that “a gang of transvestites” robbed a man from Bangladesh. Carusone derided an article describing the incident for calling the robbers “attractive.” He wrote, “Did you notice the word attractive? What the f*** is that doing in there? Is the write[r] a tranny lover too? Or, perhaps he’s trying to justify how these trannies tricked this Bangladeshi in the first place? Look man, we don’t need to know whether or not they were attractive. The f**king guy was Bangladeshi. And while we’re out, what the hell was he doing with $7,300 worth of stuff. The guy’s Banladeshi! [sic].”
Another one: Hasson noted that Carusone ripped police, saying they should inform the public to “stay away from tranny bars, stay away from places [sic] where Eddie Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. have/are visiting, don’t f**king kiss a transvestite, don’t bring a group of transvestites back to your room, etc…”
Also in November 2005, apparently minimizing an incident in Japan in which female athletes were allegedly sexually abused by their male basketball coach, Carusone wrote, “lighten up Japs.”
In yet another November 2005 post, Carusone lauded former Democratic West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd as one of his ten favorite public figures, gushing, “In his lunacy, we trust.” Byrd had a history of being a member of the KKK.
The month before Carusone’s November stream of problematic comments, he referred to his boyfriend’s Jewishness, writing, “despite his jewry, you KNOW he’s adorable.”
Hasson also noted that Carusone also posted that his boyfriend espoused certain conservative views “as a result of his possession of several bags of Jewish gold.”
Appearing with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, after Media Matters published their hit piece on Carlson, Carusone commented, “What struck me about a lot of these clips is not just the fact that they’re so consistent with things that he says now, but the comfort in which he says it. It sounds like you’re actually getting to see the real Tucker Carlson. In all of his profiles they talk about how private he is, how he lives behind this really deep veneer, how detached he is, right? It’s a strange thing. I feel like that’s the real Tucker. That’s the part that struck me; there’s a casualness to it that just feels that that’s not the only time he said that.”
Carusone added his reasons for the timing of the hit piece: “I think the argument for pulling this out now is, one, because of his relationship to the president and… two, I think it gives some context and insight into what he does nightly on his programming.”