Tucker Carlson is still a misogynist pig: Conservative talking head has had it with "this chick" targeted by his brother

Smug pundit can't bring himself to admit that maybe his brother shouldn't have called Amy Spitalnick a "labiaface"

Published April 9, 2015 7:33PM (EDT)

Tucker Carlson        (Fox News)
Tucker Carlson (Fox News)

Remember that thing where Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson told Amy Spitalnick, the director of communications for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and a woman he was communicating with in a professional capacity, to be less “whiny” and “annoying”? And remember how he forwarded that email to his brother, Buckley, who then called Spitalnick, who was copied on the email, “spoogeneck” and “labiaface” and diagnosed her with something called “dick-fright”?

You do? Great. Now that we’re all caught up, let’s jump ahead in time to Thursday, when Carlson said on C-SPAN that he couldn’t understand why anyone would think he was a misogynist just because he never apologized or said there was anything wrong with calling a woman a “spoogeneck” in a professional email thread. He also couldn’t understand why he even copied his brother on that email in the first place!

For some reason, inexplicably, I copied my brother. My beloved brother Buckley, and he wrote back a pretty nasty response… He accidentally hit reply all, and sent it back to her… All of a sudden, I was a misogynist because my brother wrote some mean email to this chick.

I get it. Carlson has no idea why he would copy his brother on an email in which he condescended to “this chick” and called her “whiny.” I mean he definitely didn’t do it to, you know, let his brother know that he was really good at putting a pushy woman in her place and ha ha ha who does this lady even think she is? That’s totally not the reason. Must have just been a brainfart.

Carlson also said that he was frustrated by the public response to the exchange. Because people didn’t want him to apologize about the email, apparently they wanted him to… disown his brother and call him a bad person! And that is something he would never do! He would die first!

They wanted me to denounce my brother, my only brother. What am I supposed to do, disown him or call him a bad person for accidentally hitting reply? No, I’m not going to criticize a member of my family in public… I would die first. In no circumstances am I going to criticize my family in public, period.

Like, saying the words "Whether the message was intentionally sent to her or not, that was an inappropriate email, and no one deserves to be spoken to that way" would literally kill him. He would actually drop dead. Which basically makes everyone who thought an apology was the appropriate response guilty of attempted murder. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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