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Everything with Donald Trump is a transaction, whether it’s sending military aid to a wartorn country like Ukraine (remember impeachment?) or providing desperately needed medical equipment to states struck by coronavirus.

“It’s a two-way street,” according to this great statesman, who demands personal tribute from those who want federal help. “They have to treat us well too!”

Wrong, retorts Seth Meyers, broadcasting in social isolation from his home study: “No, they don’t. It’s your job! They don’t owe you anything for doing your job….Imagine being America’s dumbest person, somehow getting to the highest office in the land, and still thinking that you’re owed something.”

Meyers also has little patience with reports that Trump is feeling “isolated” and “bored” in the White House, where he has taken to crashing actual meetings – much to the surprise of his appointees. The Late Night host is recording videos remotely from home, harassed by kids and even a squawking bird.

If Seth is feeling a little crabby in self-quarantine, it’shard to blame him. At least he’s taking it out on someone who deserves it.

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Blake Neff

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Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters

On July 10, CNN's Oliver Darcy reported that Blake Neff, the top writer for Tucker Carlson's prime-time Fox News show, had been anonymously posting racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and other offensive content on an online forum for five years. Neff used racist and homophobic slurs, referred to women in a derogatory manner, and pushed white supremacist content while writing for Carlson's show. Neff resigned after CNN contacted him for comment.

As Darcy reported, in an interview with the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Neff claimed anything Carlson read during his show was initially drafted by him. Darcy also found instances where there was "some overlap between the forum and the show," as sometimes the "material Neff encountered on the forum found its way on to Carlson's show."

During a 2018 appearance on Fox's The Five to promote his book Ship of Fools, Carlson mentioned Neff by name, calling him a "wonderful writer." Carlson also included Neff in the acknowledgments of the book.


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Before joining Fox News, Neff worked at The Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet that Carlson co-founded. The outlet has published a number of white supremacists, anti-Semites, and bigots.


Carlson has a long history of promoting white supremacist content on his show. His show has featured many guests who have connections to white supremacy and far-right extremism. Carlson has regularly been praised by Neo-Nazis and various far-right extremist figures, and he's been a hero on many white supremacist podcasts. Users of the extremist online message boards 4chan and 8chan have repeatedly praised Carlson.

The manifesto released by the gunman who killed 20 people in El Paso, Texas, in 2019 was strewn with content that echoed talking points from Carlson's show. Days after the shooting, Carlson declared that calling white supremacy a serious issue is a "hoax" as it is "actually not a real problem in America."

Carlson has been hemorrhaging advertisers following his racist coverage of the Black Lives Matters movement and the recent protests against police brutality. Now that we know his top writer was using content from white supremacist online message boards for Carlson's show, it is more imperative than ever that advertisers distance their brands away from this toxicity.