Media Matters has unearthed audio of Fox News host Tucker Carlson calling into the “Bubba the Love Sponge” radio show between 2006 and 2011.
In a 2009 clip, Carlson tried to explain the difference between underage marriage and sexually assaulting an underage girl:
Look, just to make it absolutely clear. I am not defending underage marriage at all. I just don’t think it’s the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child…
The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different. I mean, let’s me honest about it.
In another 2006 clip, Carlson said criminal charges against Warren Jeffs were “bullsh*t,” and defended the Utah polygamist who was convicted of multiple counts of child sexual assault and sentenced to life plus 20 years:
He’s not accused of touching anybody; he is accused of facilitating a marriage between a 16-year-old girl and a 27-year-old man. That’s the accusation. That’s what they’re calling felony rape. [crosstalk] That’s bullsh*t. I’m sorry.
Now this guy may be [crosstalk], may be a child rapist. I’m just telling you that arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old is not the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her. That’s bullsh*t.
Carlson responded by referring his comments as “naughty,” notes Raw Story:
Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.