The Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson just can't understand why anyone would call him or his brother misogynists after they lobbed a bunch of immature sexist insults at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's spokesperson. For anyone that needs a refresher, here's our post from a couple of weeks ago.
It began with Ms. Spitalnick asking the Daily Caller to correct a story. She sent a link to a full transcript and requested a correction to the story. Instead of simply correcting it, the DC editor wrote back and disagreed with her statement. So she sent a link to video, a quote, and a request to once again, correct the story.
The reply she received from staff was that they would have a look, but if she didn't stop being whiny and annoying they'd mute the thread. Nice.
Ms. Spitalnick had the audacity to contact Daily Caller because — and hold on to your hats! — it had posted a story that was incorrect. After much back and forth — in which Ms. Spitalnick provides a video and transcript, and the Daily Caller staff still refuses to issue a correction because haw haw haw like a chick is going to tell them what to do, ballscratch, assscratch, burp — Tucker Carlson offered some gentlemanly constructive criticism on how to not be a woman doing her job “whiny and annoying”:
Dear Amy,Thanks for your email. You believe our story was inaccurate and have demanded a correction. Totally fair. We are going over the transcript now.What [editor Christopher] Bedford complained about was your tone, which, I have to agree, was whiny and annoying, and I say that in the spirit of helpful correction rather than as a criticism. Outside of New York City, adults generally write polite, cheerful emails to one another, even when asking for corrections. Something to keep in mind the next time you communicate with people who don’t live on your island.Best,
Oh, if only the story ended there, but it doesn't. No, I guess Tucker bcc'd his fratboy bro Buckley. Can you imagine these two as kids? Tuckie and Bucky? Anyway, Buckley decided to high-five Tucker for putting that biotch in her place.
Great response. Whiny little self-righteous bitch. “Appalling?” And with such an ironic name, too… Spitalnick? Ironic because you just know she has extreme dick-fright; no chance has this girl ever had a pearl necklace. Spoogeneck? I don’t think so. More like LabiaFace.
Seriously? When Buzzfeed asked Tucker for comment on his brother's hubris, this was the response:
In response to a request for comment from BuzzFeed News, Tucker Carlson said, “I just talked to my brother about his response, and he assures me he meant it in the nicest way.”
As we already discussed here as well, Carlson appeared on C-SPAN's morning call-in show, Washington Journal this Thursday, and it appears that the ass kicking he took from Jon Stewart isn't the only issue he seems to be terribly confused about. Carlson was asked about the dust up with de Blasio's spokesperson, and just couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. He also lied and said his brother apologized, which he did not.
Here's more from The Washington Post's Erik Wemple, who was way too kind to Tucker after the nasty insult he lobbed at him during this exchange as well: Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson calls misogynistic e-mail flap an ‘accident’:
In an appearance on C-SPAN, Tucker Carlson, the Daily Caller’s top editor, was asked about the recent flap over a misognyistic e-mail that was sent to Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
I never read anything about myself, ever. But someone in my office said that the Washington Post did four stories on it. There’s a guy called Erik Wemple [Blog] — I think that’s how you pronounce his name. He’s like a total mediocrity and a moron and kind of a creepy, finger-sniffer-type character. But anyway, he has written about it all these times because it’s like bigger than the fall of Baghdad.
Total mediocrity always beats partial mediocrity. [...]
In his chat with C-SPAN’s John McArdle, Tucker Carlson summed things up this way: “So she, recognizing a publicity opportunity, sent it to all these websites that printed it and all of a sudden I was somehow a misogynist because my brother wrote some mean e-mail to this chick accidentally. Or something. No one was ever asked to explain why this was a significant story.”
In any case, Tucker Carlson says that the episode has affected Buckley Carlson. “It really affected his job and he had all kinds of problems as a result….For some reason it became, like, this big thing because, I guess, they don’t like my politics or something. I really don’t know, but it was an accident and he apologized for it and I don’t really see why it was a big news story.”
Reached by e-mail this morning, Spitalnick says she hasn’t received an apology.
Of course she hasn't. Here's more from Digby who smacked him around for this yesterday:
Carlson is an especially proficient purveyor of a very special kind of right wing provocation. He's a quintessential Mean Girl, king of the smug, sanctimonious defense with a wink and a nod to creeps like his brother. Eddie Haskell meets Cruella deVille.
He pretends here to be very confused as to why simply making harmless workplace jokes about women using terms like "sploogeface" should be a cause for controversy: [...]
The reason it's a significant story, of course, is that Carlson's brother wrote a bogus story for Carlson's magazine and the magazine refused to correct it. Carlson's brother called the person who was asking for the retraction names in an email and sent it to her. When it was publicly revealed, Carlson defended him with a puerile wisecrack thus proving that this magazine not only hires puerile idiots it is being run by an overgrown 12 year old boy who has serious issues with women. (This is not surprising to anyone who has followed Carlson's career over the years.)
One can only imagine what it must be like for women who work there if they have the nerve to get uppity. One can also only imagine how much liability Carlson's magazine must be facing if any of those women decide they've had enough.