Blake Neff, a writer for the Fox News show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” secretly resigned, according to CNN Business, which reports Neff had been using a pseudonym to post racist, sexist and offensive comments on online forums. CNN reported that some of the tirades went on for years while others featured the N-word and slurs against other races.
According to CNN, Neff had worked for The Daily Caller – which Carlson helped create – before joining Carlson’s show, where he told Dartmouth Alumni Magazine that he wrote the first draft of anything Carlson read from his teleprompter.
Neff Described Himself As A Trump Supporter with a Quirky Sense of Humor
— Bad Fox Graphics (@BadFoxGraphics) July 11, 2020
Neff’s Muckrack profile showed that he was a South Dakota native and his work was featured in The Hill, The Daily Caller, The Daily Signal and The New Criterion.
During his time at The Daily Caller, Neff wrote articles with the titles including, “German Police Blasted For Using Racial Profiling To Stop Sexual Assaults,” “Stanford Blasted For Not Having Sexual Assault Kangaroo Court” and “Drexel Prof Wrote Long Paper Praising White Genocide.”
A cached version of Neff’s Twitter page features tweets mostly dating back to 2017 and 2016, including one in which he wrote, “In other news, David Duke got 60k votes in Louisiana! #ElectionNight” and another where he criticized Trump for saying he wouldn’t accept the election results where Neff wrote, “Threat to democracy aside, Trump’s approach is dumb. Just say you’ll accept results and then don’t afterwards. Nobody cares. #debatenight.”
According to his profile in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Neff joined Carlson’s show in November 2016. He said then that he and Carlson saw “eye to eye on most issues” and that he enjoyed the influence the show held.
“Our show is controversial—that’s just objective—but I don’t believe that we’re stoking conflict,” he said. “When people accuse us of that, they’re allowing actual firebrands to stir them up.”
In an article about Date Labbers, Neff was featured and described as having a quirky sense of humor, such as a line on his Date Lab profile, which read, “I would not necessarily oppose this city’s destruction by nuclear fireball, even if I am in it at the time.” He was also described in the article as a Trump supporter.
According to the Washington Post, there was no second date.
Here’s What CNN Says Neff Wrote
Yo, Blake Neff you deleted your Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. What's with that?
Aren't you proud of your racism and sexism?
It's like you're embarrassed about being a compete shit-stain of a human. pic.twitter.com/QXQtgSUFcA
— RubberGlueInvective (@rubber_glue) July 10, 2020
According to TheWrap, CNN Business was tipped off that Neff was using the username “CharlesXII” on an online forum where the account’s photos contained Neff’s reflection. A Fox News spokesperson told TheWrap that Neff had indeed resigned.
According to CNN, Neff responded to a thread titled, “Would u let a JET BLACK congo n*****r do lasik eye surgery on u for 50% off?” by saying, “I wouldn’t get LASIK from an Asian for free, so no.” CNN is also alleging that Neff maintained a thread for five years posting information about a woman’s dating life and inviting others to mock her.
Neff is also accused of writing at different times:
“Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down.”
“Honestly given how tired black people always claim to be, maybe the real crisis is their lack of sleep.”
(The only people who want to change the NFL Washington Redskins’ name are) “white libs and their university-‘educated’ pets.”
CNN is accusing Neff of making the comments on the website AutoAdmit, which is a website for law students and lawyers. Since the news, a number of threads have appeared on the Auto Admit site in support of “Charles.”
One poster, “Oliver Darcy,” wrote, “Charles needs to OWN this. He has nothing to lose and everything to gain at this point. His whole life story has been archived and is now fodder for the public, so it’s not like there’s any turning back. Charles, if you are reading this, do not think of this as a disaster but an opportunity. Do some CNN interviews. Go on 60 minutes. You were chosen for this role. All the things that make you a good dood will come through.”
That same poster said “Charles” was just being humorous:
Also: #1 writer for the highest-rated cable show in history. You think he can’t make anyone at MSNBC look like a schmuck on live TV? Or anyone at Fox News for that matter? Charles has 30 IQ points on Nick Fuentes. No reason he couldn’t steal his schtick and end up worth $30 million in a few years. At least 30% of the US population INSTINCTIVELY gets the kind of humor we deal out here. That’s an insane number of people who will identify with Charles’ plight. A very large number of poasters, maybe even a majority, belong to the same racial/ethnic categories who routinely get mocked here. They get that this isn’t REAL racism.
In a different CNN thread, someone commented, “whoever tipped off CNN is evil and sick.”
Fox News Executives Sent an Internal Memo to Its Employees About NEff
Fox News media critic Howie Kurtz addresses Tucker Carlson's top writer resigning over racist and bigoted posts: "The disclosures were reported by CNN. What [Blake] Neff posted anonymously over five years is very ugly stuff, such as racist jokes, including the N-word…" pic.twitter.com/nCsvqrlXE7
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 12, 2020
Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and Fox News Media President & Executive Editor Jay Wallace sent employees a memo on the matter:
Yesterday we learned that now former employee Blake Neff, a writer on Tucker Carlson Tonight, made horrendous and deeply offensive racist, sexist and homophobic comments under a pseudonym on the forum AutoAdmit.
We want to make abundantly clear that FOX News Media strongly condemns this 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. Make no mistake, actions such as his cannot and will not be tolerated at any time in any part of our work force.
Tucker will be addressing this on his show on Monday night.