Watch: CNN Hosts Tear Into Tucker Carlson’s ‘Sham’ Apology for Racist ‘Vile Content’

Watch: CNN Hosts Tear Into Tucker Carlson’s ‘Sham’ Apology for Racist ‘Vile Content’

CNN’s John Berman and Alisyn Camerota took Fox News’ Tucker Carlson to task on Tuesday for his ‘non-apology’ after it emerged his head writer had written racist posts on social media. The New Day hosts tore into Carlson for his ‘sham’ contrition.

They were joined by CNN reporter Oliver Darcy and all three had harsh words for Carlson, who announced he would take a long overdue vacation following the controversy. Carlson offered more of a defense of his fired writer than remorse, however.

“A couple things were missing from the way he addressed this last night,” Darcy said. “The most notable thing missing was an actual apology to his audience that his show’s monologues have been written in part by someone who has been expressing the racist attitudes online.”

“But a couple other of things, he never explained to the audience, for instance, exactly what the posts were that got this kid in trouble. He didn’t explain that they were racist. He never gave them any insight into why this person was ashamed and resigned from the posts, and he was also was a little bit misleading.”

“What he said last night was a sham, Oliver,” Berman said. “That was a sham. That’s not an apology at all. At all. What the hell does he mean you shouldn’t attack people for qualities they can’t control? Tucker Carlson can’t make himself say ‘racist’, right?”

“Say the word: racist. What this guy did was racist and misogynistic,” he went on.

“Attack people for qualities they can’t control? That sounds coded to me. What does that mean? I can’t control being white or Black or Jewish or gentile? What the hell does that mean? I can’t believe — actually, I can believe that Tucker went on and did this last night — and then to set up being holy as the opposite of being racist. Like Oliver, it’s your fault, it’s your fault for doing this reporting on this guy who wrote stuff for Tucker.”

“People should all read your reporting because you just spell it out how the vile content he was writing did bleed into Tucker’s show and Tucker’s monologues,” Camerota said toward the end of the segment. “You just connect the dots, right there for everybody.”

Watch the video above, via CNN.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor