By: Aimee Picchi | CBS News
March 11, 2019
Fox News host Tucker Carlson is facing new pressure after transcriptions of past radio appearances were published in which he compared women to "dogs" and described them as "extremely primitive."
The radio interview transcriptions were published by Media Matters for America, a liberal-leaning nonprofit group that monitors politically conservative media. Carlson made the comments between 2006 and 2011, when he called into shock-jock radio program "Bubba the Love Sponge," the group said.
The comments sparked new calls for an advertising boycott of Carlson's show. The controversy comes only months after his show lost sponsors following the conservative host's comments about immigrants making the U.S. "poorer and dirtier." At the time, advertisers including personal finance website NerdWallet and Pacific Life insurance pulled spots from the show.
Carlson, who defended his track record in a tweet, said he wouldn't give the "usual ritual contrition" after his previous comments about women surfaced. Instead, he invited viewers to watch his show to understand how he thinks.
On Monday, consumers posted lists of his show's current advertisers, citing Allstate and AstraZeneca among them. Some wrote to Carlson's advertisers directly on Twitter, asking why they were supporting the conservative host. Allstate and AstraZeneca didn't immediately return requests for comment.
"He should be fired by @FoxNews & the companies advertising during his show should boycott—immediately!" one consumer wrote on Twitter.
Carlson's comments on Bubba the Love Sponge overlaps with his hiring at Fox News in 2009. During his radio appearances, he used misogynistic terms to describe women as a gender and to single out specific women, such as singer Britney Spears, politician Hillary Clinton and journalist Arianna Huffington. Carlson also made comments that appeared to minimize statutory rape and underage marriage.
Below are some of Carlson's comments, transcribed by Media Matters for America, that are triggering calls for an advertiser boycott:
"I mean, I love women, but they're extremely primitive, they're basic, they're not that hard to understand. And one of the things they hate more than anything is weakness in a man."