Tucker Carlson announced on Monday that he was going on vacation just days after his lead writer was forced to resign for secretly posting racist, anti-LGBTQ and sexist comments in an inscrutable online forum for the past five years.
The Fox News host said the break was a “pre-planned trout fishing trip.”
Originally from South Dakota, Blake Neff posted offensive material on an internet bulletin board called AutoAdmit for many years that often contains intolerant content. Neff’s resignation came after the story was broken CNN on Friday who then contacted Fox for a comment.
Tackling the story On Monday, Carlson refused to apologize for Neff, saying “we’re all human” and “paying a very high price.” He also smashed the “ghosts that destroyed the chest, young man”.
Blake Neff, who was the best writer for Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, resigned after uncovering a number of racist and sexist posts written by him
Friday night, Neff’s digital public persona was removed from online sites with his personal Twitter and LinkedIn accounts deactivated.
The CNN report lists several examples of questionable posts on the AutoAdmit site, with bigoted and derogatory comments about women, black, Asian, and LGBTQ people.
“Black deaths that continue to play within Call of Duty are probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime low,” he reportedly wrote a few weeks ago.
In another, he said, “Honestly, how tired black people always claim to be, perhaps the real crisis is their lack of sleep.”
The AutoAdmit forum is supposedly visited by lawyers and law students in which racism and sexism reign supreme.
Neff resigned from Tucker Carlson Tonight on Friday morning, after an investigation revealed that Neff had posted under the pseudonym ‘CharlesXII’
posted the entire four years that he worked on the show on AutoAdmit
Fox News said in an internal memo to employees that it strongly condemns this horrific racist, misogynistic and homophobic behavior.
Neff’s repugnant behavior on this forum was not revealed to the show or the network until Friday, after which we quickly accepted his resignation. Make no mistake, actions like his can and will not be tolerated at any time by any part of our workforce, ”said the memo from FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and FOX News Media President & Executive Editor Jay Wallace.
Neff attended Dartmouth College, a private Ivy League university in Hanover, New Hampshire.
An article about him written in a alumni magazine spoke about the alleged influence he had on the show.
“Everything he reads to the teleprompter, the first design was written by me,” says Neff.
Over the past three and a half years of working on the show, Neff explained that he would initially talk to Carlson every day about what to discuss, but said he had the same opinion as the right-wing expert on many issues .
“I’ve gotten used to what he likes and thinks about,” he said.
Sometimes Neff’s messages even overlapped with Carlson’s on-air lines that would be repeated
“We are very aware that we have that power to influence the conversation, so we try to use it responsibly,” he told the magazine.
“Our show is controversial – that’s only objective – but I don’t think we spark conflict. When people accuse us of that, they let themselves be ignited by real branding. ‘
According to CNN Business, Neff would have made dismissive comments against black and Asian people.
He ridiculed a woman for being an ‘Azn megashrew’ in messages all posted under a pseudonym.
His abuse led to other users subsequently becoming involved and abusing the woman in follow-up posts for several years.
Neff explained how he would ‘not get LASIK from an Asian for free’ in response to an email thread with the subject line: ‘Would you let a JET BLACK congo n ***** have lasik eye surgery on you for 50% from?’
Neff is said to have made some openly racist comments and has since removed all of his social media
“I wouldn’t get LASIK for free from an Asian, so no,” Neff would have responded.
In other parts of the forum, he is said to have joked about ‘foodie f *****’ and ‘Third World sh *******’.
Sometimes his messages even overlapped with Carlson’s on-air lines.
In one example, Neff reportedly wrote on the forum, “It’s your damn right as an American to wear whatever T-shirt you want and have any political opinion you want. Christ.’
The former Fox writer had a lot of power over the top-rated show on cable news for several years
The next night on his show, Carlson reflected the comments.
“… And they can wear any shirts they want. You thought that was true. You thought that was your right as an American, “he would have written.
CNN received an anonymous tip that revealed Neff’s username as ‘CharlesXII’. Investigators were then able to confirm messages on the bulletin board with public information about him.
Photos he reportedly posted on the forum also showed Neff’s reflection taking the photo.
Commentators on the site reportedly knew that the person behind the account was working on Carlson’s show.
Carlson has come under fire a number of times in recent years for racist and sexist comments made both on air and in the air, but he remains at the top of Fox News ratings.
He has been accused of inciting racism and xenophobia, while also claiming that the threat of white supremacy is a “hoax.”
In one case, he suggested that accepting immigrants in the province would make America “poorer and dirtier.”
On Monday, Carlson claimed that decorated war veteran Tammy Duckworth was a “coward” because he didn’t want to appear on his show.
Following his comments on Monday, Duckworth – who was amputated twice after losing her legs while serving in Iraq – stated on Twitter that Carlson is “walking a mile in my legs.”