Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday night acknowledged that his former lead writer, Blake Neff, had been let go after it was revealed that for years he had posted racist messages in a chat room under a pseudonym.
Oliver Darcy, the CNN reporter who broke the story about Neff, told hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday that it was notable that Carlson never said he was sorry for employing a straight-up racist to write for his show.
“The most notable thing missing within was a actual apology… that his show, monologues have been written in part by someone who has been expressing racist attitudes online,” Darcy said. “He never explained to the audience, for instance, exactly what the posts were that got the kid in trouble. He didn’t explain that they were racist.”
Berman then shredded Carlson for completely omitting any mention of racism in his justification for Neff’s dismissal.
“What he said last night was a sham,” commented Berman. “That’s not an apology at all — at all! What the hell does that mean, ‘You shouldn’t attack people for qualities they can’t control?’ Tucker Carlson can’t make himself say ‘racist.’ Say the word: Racist! What the guy did was racist!”
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‘That’s not true’: CNN host disputes ex-Trump adviser who says ‘typical’ family won’t work because of $600 checks
Former White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett claimed on Tuesday that a "typical median family" is being paid $90,000 to stay home during the pandemic if they are receiving the $600 weekly federal unemployment benefits.
In an interview on CNN, host Poppy Harlow challenged the former Trump adviser when he downplayed the urgency of extending the unemployment benefits.
"You and I don't rely on $600 a week to pay our rent or feed our family," Harlow explained. "That's not our situation. But for millions of Americans, it is. And they stopped getting those checks on Friday and that's why I don't think it's too far to say that it's a failure [of government]."
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On CNN Monday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) laid into Louis DeJoy, the controversial GOP megadonor just appointed to serve as President Donald Trump's postmaster general amid fears he will try to sabotage the Postal Service for personal gain or to block mail-in votes.
"There is talk, Senator, of the Post Office being told to cut back on deliveries or change the way they operate," said anchor John Berman. "This in the middle of the pandemic. This with an election 90 some days away. What does that say to you?"
‘I could have died’: Arizona Trump voters beg friends to take COVID seriously after getting hospitalized
A pair of Arizona residents who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 are now imploring their friends to not make the same mistake they did when they refused to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.
In an interview with CNN, Debi and Michael Patterson told reporter Omar Jimenez that they laughed off public health recommendations about protecting themselves against the disease.
"It was almost like a joke in our group of friends," Debi Patterson explained.
"Did you wear a mask?" Jimenez asked.
"Nope," she replied.
"Did you hang out with your friends as normal?" he asked, to which she nodded her head.