Fox News host Tucker Carlson is the target of the latest media accusation of guilt by association.
Co-hosts of ABC’s The View argued on Tuesday that the controversial conservative pundit is “just as guilty” as recently resigned Tucker Carlson Tonight head writer, Blake Neff, according to the Washington Examiner.
Neff stepped down amid controversy over recently discovered messages he posted in online forums that have been described as racist and sexist. Carlson has since addressed the issue and distanced himself from the remarks.
“Known for his racist writings”
“What Blake wrote anonymously was wrong,” the host said, according to the Examiner. “We don’t endorse those words. They have no connection to the show. But we should also point out to the ghouls now beating their chests in triumph at the destruction of a young man that self-righteousness also has its costs.”
Even though the host and Fox News condemned Neff’s comments and claimed they were not aware of his online posts, The View co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg argued for holding Carlson accountable for the writer’s actions.
“The writer is known for his racist writings,” Goldberg said. “I don’t want to hear that when I want to go listen to Tucker Carlson talk about what’s wrong with the left. I don’t want to hear about it being challenging to me as a person of color because you don’t like my color.”
Her comments came in response to Behar’s claim that Carlson is “just as guilty” as his writer.
“Leave my color out of it”
“Tell me what you don’t like about my politics,” Goldberg continued, as the Examiner reported. “Leave my color out of it, and that’s what I want. And that’s what I want Tucker Carlson to do. And when he doesn’t — and there’s plenty to show he’s one that has spoken the words almost directly as this boy has written them — I have a little problem with that.”
While the host certainly did read words written by his now-former head writer, Goldberg did not provide any evidence that he echoed the offensive sentiments Neff expressed in the online posts that cost him his job.
Co-host Meghan McCain came to Carlson’s defense, asserting that he should not be held responsible for what his staff member did.
“I don’t hold him accountable for his writer’s actions in the same way that I don’t hold any person accountable for someone they are attached to’s actions,” she said, according to the Examiner. “I think, again, his writer 100% should have been fired. What he wrote was abhorrent, hands down, full stop. But your criticism of his writer has turned on to a criticism of him.”
No matter what one might think of Carlson’s politics, no cable news host should be forced to defend every word his or her writers utter in their private lives.