Top Writer For Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Secretly Posted Racist, Homophobic Remarks Online: CNN

A top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson was outed by CNN this weekend for posting bigoted remarks on an online forum for years under a pseudonym, a site known as a hotbed for racist, sexist, and other offensive content.

Just last week, the writer, identified by CNN as Blake Neff, responded to a thread started by another user in 2018 with the subject line, “Would u let a JET BLACK congo n****er do lasik eye surgery on u for 50% off?” (Neff used the full n-word in the post)

Neff wrote, “I wouldn’t get LASIK from an Asian for free, so no.”

On June 5, Neff wrote, “Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down.”

On June 24, Neff commented, “Honestly given how tired black people always claim to be, maybe the real crisis is their lack of sleep.”

On June 26, Neff wrote that the only people who care about changing the name of the NFL’s Washington Redskins are “white libs and their university-‘educated’ pets.”

“And over the course of five years, Neff has maintained a lengthy thread in which he has derided a woman and posted information about her dating life that has invited other users to mock her and invade her privacy. There has at times also been overlap between some material he posted or saw on the forum and Carlson’s show,” CNN reports.

Neff, who worked at Fox News for nearly four years and was Carlson’s top writer and had previously worked as a reporter at The Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet that Carlson co-founded, also openly espoused racist, misogynistic, and homophobic remarks on the online forum, reports CNN.

When CNN Business contacted Neff for comment Thursday night, a Fox News spokesperson said that Neff had resigned.

A Fox News spokesperson said on Friday that Carlson could not be reached for comment. Neff did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

In a memo sent to employees Saturday afternoon, after this story was first published, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace condemned “horrific racist, misogynistic and homophobic behavior.”

“Neff’s abhorrent conduct on this forum was never divulged to the show or the network until Friday, at which point we swiftly accepted his resignation,” Scott and Wallace wrote. “Make no mistake, actions such as his cannot and will not be tolerated at any time in any part of our work force.”

In a recent article in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Neff said, “Anything [Carlson is] reading off the teleprompter, the first draft was written by me.