Carlson has been under fire since Media Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog group, released audio from Carlson's appearances on the "Bubba the Love Sponge" radio program from 2006 and 2011.
After the initial audio release, Carlson refused to apologize or, as he put it, "express the usual ritual contrition". Instead, the Fox News host plugged his prime-time show and urged his detractors to come on as guests. In other clips, Carlson described women as "extremely primitive" and suggested that illegal marriages between adults and underage girls were not as serious as forced child rape and that he would "love" a scenario involving young girls experimenting sexually.
McLaughlin added that the "idea that Fox News or Tucker Carlson would apologize to Media Matters is absurd on its face", citing the years-long feud between the organizations. "He gets a pass".
Caitlin Upton, the contestant Carlson is referring to the in audio, told the New York Magazine in 2015 that the humiliation from the pageant nearly led her to suicide.
After the 2007 Miss Teen USA contest, Carlson suggested the pageant host had sex with the SC contestant Caitlin Upton using vulgar terms, according to the audio. "If you want to know what I think, you can watch". Laura, you. Me. Me, Laura, you. "But we will never bow to the mob, ever", Carlson said. "Would it be good or bad?"
After national criticism for her performance in the Miss Teen USA pageant, Upton considered suicide, according to the Washington Post. In December, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell said: "I make all of my advertising decisions based on what is best for MyPillow, my customers and my employees".
This audio is the latest in a series of damning revelations that began Sunday, when Media Matters first published clips of Carlson degrading women and defending statutory rape in old radio interviews. Fox News covered the story. Still more have left in light of the uncovered audio of Carlson's comments before he joined the network. "Toughness is a rare quality in a TV network and we are grateful for that".