Media Matters president facing scrutiny for derogatory comments, racial slurs in resurfaced posts

Media Matters president facing scrutiny for derogatory comments, racial slurs in resurfaced posts
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The president of left-leaning watchdog organization Media Matters is facing scrutiny over a series of derogatory comments that resurfaced Tuesday.

In a series of comments resurfaced by conservative outlet The Daily Caller, Angelo Carusone appeared to make derogatory comments about Jews, "transvestites" and Japanese people.

In one 2005 blog post resurfaced by The Daily Caller, Carusone ranted about a Bangladeshi man who was robbed by “a gang of transvestites,” appearing to be offended that the group was described as “attractive,” according to screenshots published by the outlet.

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That same year, Carusone also commented on a male basketball coach who was accused of sexually and physically abusing his female players. Carusone dismissed the allegations against the coach in Japan using an ethnic slur.  

Carusone also appeared to praise former Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, in one post. He separately wrote that his boyfriend was adorable, “despite his jewry.”

Media Matters did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The resurfaced posts came days after Carusone’s company published offensive comments previously made by Fox News host and Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson.

Carlson said Sunday that he wouldn't apologize for a series of derogatory comments he made on the "Bubba the Love Sponge" radio program between 2006 and 2011.