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04/19/2007


Watch: Tucker Carlson Says California LGBT Education Bill is 'Lying, Propaganda'

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Tucker Carlson appeared on FOX & Friends and called the California LGBT education bill in which students would be taught LGBT history "frivolous" and said "it's propaganda, it's lying."

The bill, as the AP notes, is an effort "to counter anti-gay stereotypes and beliefs that make children in those groups vulnerable to bullying and suicide."

Says Carlson: "Whenever a school is mandated by law to teach 'happy news' - non-controversial, complimentary facts about a group of people  - they are by definition excluding the unhappy facts, and therefore, lying. That's propaganda."

The Fair Education Act, as the bill is called, passed the California Senate on a party line vote of 23-14 last week.

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Watch: Tucker Carlson Mocks 'DADT' Repeal on FOX, Calls it a 'Sideshow' and a 'Stupid Issue'

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FOX & Friends hosts Tucker Carlson and Brian Kilmeade mocked 'DADT' repeal this morning in a conversation with former DNC finance chair Robert Zimmerman, Media Matters reports:

When  Zimmerman asked Carlson what his excuse was for "not moving" on a repeal of DADT, Carlson explained that he is not opposed to repeal, but views it as "totally a sideshow issue" and a "stupid issue." Carlson also mocked the idea that it was "central to American national security."

Zimmerman explained that the US has a "shortage of Arabic translators," and that many have been dismissed under DADT, prompting Carlson to say "spare me."

Kilmeade, confused as always, chimed in with the question "if we repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, we'll have more Arabic translators? Most of them are gay?"

"Most translators are gay," Carlson joked, "and flamboyantly so." 

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News: Al Reynolds, Tel Aviv, Rent, Tucker Carlson, Attitude

road.jpg Kathy Griffin ordained into the clergy of the Universal Life Church so that she can marry a straight couple: "People asked if I was concerned that I might upstage the bride. But Elka didn't have to worry. I'm wearing a green gown I wore to the Golden Globes a few years ago - which got me on one of those 'Worst Dressed' lists!"

Alreynoldsroad.jpg Star Jones divorcing Al Reynolds: "They hadn’t been seeing eye to eye for months and had already spent a great deal of time apart. Finally, Star decided it was over. She told Al at the end of January that he had 30 days to get his act together or ‘get out.’"

road.jpg Not over yet: Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal to reprise their roles in Rent for 2009 national tour.

road.jpg Security camera developed that sees through clothing: "A camera that can "see" explosives, drugs and weapons hidden under clothing from 25 metres has been invented. The ThruVision system could be deployed at airports, railway stations or other public spaces. It is based on so-called 'terahertz', or T-ray, technology, normally used by astronomers to study dying stars. Although it is able to see through clothes it does not reveal 'body detail' or subject people to 'harmful radiation', according to the designers. 'It is totally and utterly passive - it receives only,' said a spokesperson for Thruvision."

road.jpg Robbie Williams says he has seen three UFOs and wants to study them when he retires.

road.jpg Paper reports on gay life in Afghanistan: "There are no organised gay associations in Afghanistan, but contrary to many Western countries, men can freely walk the streets holding hands. This was especially shocking for foreign troops who became fascinating for the Afghan men. Armed and ready to engage in conflicts with Al-Qaeda, the only conflicts the foreign troops had were with local men who only wanted to stroke their hair. 'It was hell. Every village we went into we got a group of men wearing make-up coming up, stroking our hair and cheeks and making kissing noises,' 20-year-old Corporal Paul Richard uttered."

Brideofpalestineroad.jpg The underground drag queens of Tel Aviv: "In an effort to carve out a space for themselves, Palestinian drag queens gather every few months at a club in the heart of Tel Aviv to take part in underground shows. These parties offer a rare forum for them to explore complicated and convoluted ideas about sexuality, politics, nationalism, militancy and religion. They're forging their identities at the center of what some consider an occupying power. The Palestinian nationalists among them recognize the irony in the fact that Israel has become their sanctuary. 'I didn't choose this place; it's the place that I found I could be myself in,' said M, a 24-year-old Arab-Israeli woman with short black hair who's performed at the club. 'That's my only refuge.'"

road.jpg Cyndi Lauper asks Britney Spears to join her on the True Colors tour which starts on May 31.

road.jpg What's Justin Timberlake's problem with women?

Boomroad.jpg Tireless battle to save Laguna Beach's Boom Boom Room goes on: "Supporters of a beachside nightclub that catered for half a century to Hollywood's gay stars are hitting its owner with a blizzard of yellow postcards urging that the shuttered bar be reopened. Supporters, including 'Brady Bunch' co-star Florence Henderson and former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman, have sent about 500 yellow postcards emblazoned 'SAVE the BOOM!!!' to [owner Steven] Udvar-Hazy's Los Angeles office..."

road.jpg Tucker Carlson's show gets dumped: "The official announcement, expected tomorrow, will include details about who will replace Tucker at 6pmET as well as other political programming additions. Sources say the network is going to beef up its schedule with more NBC News talent."

road.jpg Olympic ambassador and former British silver medallist hurdler Colin Jackson: I'm not gay. " “I don't mind having people say what they like in that circumstance. I know that I am not but I don't think it's for me to be going round screaming it from the rooftops. I think it's just rubbish. It makes no real sense to me. It's quite strange and bizarre but people say what they say."

road.jpg A gay and lesbian hotel brand with Attitude.


Tucker Carlson Has Not Beaten Up Any Gay Men Lately

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Watching this video over at Wonkette makes me wish there were far more "red carpet" events for politicians and less for celebrities. As they arrive at the Meet the Press 60th Anniversary Party, Liz Glover interviews Tom Delay, John Kerry, Ted Koppel, Alan Greenspan, Tiki Barber, Jeff Zucker, and finally Tucker Carlson, who has a laugh over a question related to the well-publicized 'assault' anecdote he related when the Larry Craig men's room arrest hit.

Glover: Sir, have you beaten up any gay men lately"

Carlson: (guffaws) That's so ludicrous, but thank you for asking.

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MSNBC Re-Airs Abrams/Carlson Clip Without Assault Story

MSNBC yesterday re-aired the Dan Abrams/ Tucker Carlson/Joe Scarborough clip yesterday, without the footage about Tucker Carlson returning to a public restroom to assault a man who had "bothered" him. I've published the original clip here once again.

Via Media Matters:

"On August 29, MSNBC twice re-aired a segment from the August 28 edition of Live with Dan Abrams, in which MSNBC host Tucker Carlson asserted, 'Having sex in a public men's room is outrageous. It's also really common. I've been bothered in men's rooms.' Carlson continued, 'I got bothered in Georgetown Park,' in Washington, D.C., 'when I was in high school.' As Media Matters for America noted, when Abrams asked how Carlson responded to being 'bothered,' Carlson said: 'I went back with someone I knew and grabbed the guy by the -- you know, and grabbed him, and ... hit him against the stall with his head, actually.' However, while both August 29 re-airings did include Carlson's claim that he had been 'bothered in men's rooms,' neither broadcast aired the portion in which Carlson claimed that he 'went back with someone' and 'hit him against the stall with his head.' Both re-airings did include a portion of the segment in which Carlson asserted, 'I'm not anti-gay in the slightest.'"

GLAAD got in on the action late yesterday calling on "Tucker Carlson, NBC News and MSNBC to apologize for remarks made on Tuesday night that appear to condone violent assault." GLSEN issued a statement condemning the remarks as well.

As you may know, yesterday Carlson changed his story dramatically in light of reaction to his remarks.


Tucker Carlson Admits Assaulting Man Who Hit on Him in Restroom

On MSNBC Live last night, MSNBC General Manager Dan Abrams, Tucker Carlson, and Joe Scarborough discussed the Larry Craig story. As the other anchors laugh, Carlson recounts how he once returned with a friend to a public men's room where a man had "bothered" him and proceeded to assault the guy.

Transcript via Media Matters.

CARLSON: I have. I've been bothered in Georgetown Park. When I was in high school.

ABRAMS: Really?

CARLSON: Yes.

SCARBOROUGH: Wow.

[[DIALOGUE OMITTED]]

ABRAMS: Tucker, what did you do, by the way? What did you do when he did that? We got to know.

CARLSON: I went back with someone I knew and grabbed the guy by the -- you know, and grabbed him, and -- and --

ABRAMS: And did what?

CARLSON: Hit him against the stall with his head, actually!

[laughter]

CARLSON: And then the cops came and arrested him. But let me say that I'm the least anti-gay right-winger you'll ever meet --

[laughter]

CARLSON: -- but I do think doing this in men's rooms appears to be common. It's totally wrong, and they should knock it off. I mean that. I think it's -- I can't bring my son to the men's room at the park where he plays soccer because of all these creepy guys hanging around in there. I actually think it's a problem. I'm sorry.

UPDATE:

Daily KOS is calling on MSNBC to fire Carlson, and for Abrams to acknowledge the incident and apologize for giving the impression that premeditated violence is not only appropriate but amusing.

Tucker Carlson sent a statement to Media Matters this afternoon through an MSNBC spokeswoman, revising the story:

"Let me be clear about an incident I referred to on MSNBC last night: In the mid-1980s, while I was a high school student, a man physically grabbed me in a men's room in Washington, DC. I yelled, pulled away from him and ran out of the room. Twenty-five minutes later, a friend of mine and I returned to the men's room. The man was still there, presumably waiting to do to someone else what he had done to me. My friend and I seized the man and held him until a security guard arrived. Several bloggers have characterized this is a sort of gay bashing. That's absurd, and an insult to anybody who has fought back against an unsolicited sexual attack. I wasn't angry with the man because he was gay. I was angry because he assaulted me."

A pretty drastic change in the story, don't you think? But I guess this version may not have garnered the hearty laugh that it got from the other anchors.


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