Let me start by pointing out that the information I am referencing is from CNN – which, these days, has a richly deserved reputation for bogus “news” and which hates Tucker Carlson’s guts. So it would not surprise me if the story turns out to be different from CNN is reporting.
However, if the reporting is accurate, it is a major scandal, and one that Carlson must quickly address if he is to retain any credibility on (or off) his show.
From Oliver Darcy’s article at cnn.com:
The top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has for years been using a pseudonym to post bigoted remarks on an online forum that is a hotbed for racist, sexist, and other offensive content, CNN Business learned this week.
Just this week, the writer, Blake Neff, responded to a thread started by another user in 2018 with the subject line, “Would u let a JET BLACK congo n****er do lasik eye surgery on u for 50% off?” Neff wrote, “I wouldn’t get LASIK from an Asian for free, so no.” (The subject line was not censored on the forum.) On June 5, Neff wrote, “Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down.” On June 24, Neff commented, “Honestly given how tired black people always claim to be, maybe the real crisis is their lack of sleep.” On June 26, Neff wrote that the only people who care about changing the name of the NFL’s Washington Redskins are “white libs and their university-‘educated’ pets.”
CNN Business contacted Neff for comment Thursday night. After he or someone acting on his behalf passed that email to Fox News spokespeople, a network spokesperson on Friday morning told CNN Business that Neff had resigned. A Fox News spokesperson said Carlson could not be reached for comment. Neff did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Neff worked at Fox News for nearly four years and was Carlson’s top writer. Previously, he was a reporter at The Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet that Carlson co-founded. In a recent article in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Neff said, “Anything [Carlson is] reading off the teleprompter, the first draft was written by me.” He also acknowledged the show’s influence, telling the magazine, “We’re very aware that we do have that power to sway the conversation, so we try to use it responsibly.”
Is this true? Does Mr. Darcy and CNN have this right?
Because if they do, then a key writer for Tucker Carlson – maybe the key writer – is a vile, disgusting racist sack of manure.
And if it is true, did Carlson know about this and keep him on anyway? Does Carlson agree with the depraved garbage he has spewed?
And is he the only one on Carlson’s staff who puts out this sick vomit?
Those questions have to be answered. And they have to be answered fast. It seems to me that Tucker Carlson’s status as a Prime Time host on Fox News Channel (its highest-rated show) is in the balance.
Until I hear something from Neff or Carlson I don’t know what else to say about this.
I’ll discuss whatever comes next as events unfold.