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Media Matters boss blames being bullied as a kid, satire and 'right-wing blowhards' for his past hateful comments | Fox News
Media Matters President Angelo Carusone made insensitive comments on his pre-fame blog.
"The entire context and tone of the site was intended to be a giant obnoxious right-wing caricature, a parody of a right-wing blowhard living my life. It’s awful and grotesque, which was sort of the point. But, it didn’t work. I wasn’t really good at it and it wasn’t really me,” he said. “I stopped it after a short while and found better ways and more constructive ways to channel my energy.”
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The Daily Caller – which was co-founded by Carlson – posted screen images of Carusone’s old blog. The report also indicated the Media Matters honcho also “downplayed a male basketball coach’s alleged sexual and physical abuse of his female players” and even used an ethnic slur.
Nowadays, Carusone’s site is often filled with content attacking conservative voices for their own rhetoric – but he finds himself in a situation similar to the one he often creates for others.
“I’m not excusing it, but the circumstances around it and the specific context that all these posts were written in that are important to understanding why they’re like that,” Carusone told CNN. “I don’t speak or write like that.”
Carusone went on to claim that his old blog was intended to underscore “just how gross and horrible right-wing blowhards are.”
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The Daily Caller report also indicated that Carusone made anti-Semitic comments about his then-boyfriend and once praised then-West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, a Democrat and former high-ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan, as one of his favorite public figures, writing: “In his lunacy, we trust.”
Mediaite’s Caleb Ecarma doesn’t buy Carusone’s “questionable” excuse.
“Carusone’s old posts are written in cheeky, mid-2000s blogspeak, but there is no obvious indication that they are satire,” Ecarma wrote.
Carusone has led numerous boycott attempts but famously opted against taking action after hateful rhetoric from MSNBC host Joy Reid's pre-fame blog was unearthed.
In addition to Carusone’s old comments making headlines, Carlson also has hit Media Matters over its non-profit status.
“In its original tax application to the IRS, Media Matters claimed that the American news media were dominated by a pro-Christian bias and that they were needed to balance it. Despite the obvious absurdity of this claim, the group received non-profit status. It has been violating the terms of that status ever since,” Carlson said on Tuesday night.
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Media Matters boss blames being bullied as a kid, satire and 'right-wing blowhards' for his past hateful comments