Tucker Carlson addresses ex-staffer’s racist posts, says he will take ‘long-planned’ vacation

He is heading on a "long-planned" vacation to do some "trout fishing."

In a brief set of prepared comments, Tucker Carlson (finally) addressed the revelation that his now-former top writer, Blake Neff, was secretly posting racist and sexist material on an online forum.

“On Friday, many of those posts became public,” Carlson said. “Blake was horrified by the story and he was ashamed. Friday afternoon he resigned from his job.”Carlson said the comments Neff wrote under a pseudonym on the online forum were “wrong” and that he does not “endorse those words.” Carlson continued, “It is wrong to attack people for qualities they cannot control. In this country, we judge people for what they do, not for how they were born. We often say that because we mean it.” Carlson added that Neff “fell short of that standard and he has paid a very high price for it.”

And then things took a turn. Carlson said, “We should also point out to the ghouls now beating their chests and triumph of the destruction of a young man that self-righteousness also has its costs. We are all human. When we pretend we are holy, we are lying. When we pose as blameless in order to hurt other people, we are committing the gravest sin of all and we will be punished for it. There’s no question.” As The New Republic’s Matt Ford observed, “Carlson [was] visibly less displeased with Neff … than he [was] with the reporters who exposed Neff.”

For the rest of the story: e.g. What He Didn’t Say…. see CNN