Carlson, who is effectively the face of Fox and hosts the top show on the right-wing channel, mocked President Joe Biden on Tuesday for saying the US military designed a uniform that fit women appropriately, created maternity flight suits for pregnant women, and updated requirements for hairstyles.
“So we have new hairstyles and maternity flying suits,” shouts Carlson. “Pregnant women will fight our wars. It’s a mockery of the US military.”
Carlson’s comments sparked strong reactions from some senior members of the US military who took to Twitter on Wednesday and Thursday to summon Carlson for what they described as the harmful and divisive rhetoric.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Thursday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin shared the same “disgust” expressed by several military commanders over comments made by Carlson.
Kirby said the military still had “a lot of work to do” to become “more inclusive and respectful of all – especially women.”
“We pledge to do a better job, and we will,” Kirby said. “What we will never do is take individual advice from a talk show host, or from the Chinese military. Maybe these people feel they have something to prove. This is on them.”
The pointed comments from Kirby came as a number of senior military commanders criticized Carlson for his speech.
“They are beacons of freedom and prove Carlson wrong with determination and dedication,” Funk added. “We are fortunate to have served with us.”
Lieutenant General Theodore D. Martin said a photo of his daughter and said that “contrary to what you might hear, she and other women” do “not” mock our army. “
“You wish your daughter was as wonderful as mine!” Martin added. “So back off.”
A Fox spokesman did not respond to a request for comment Thursday morning.
Programming on Fox has gotten tighter in the past several years and even more so after the November election when it saw competition from smaller channels showcasing their conservative audiences.
Gone are the days when Fox marketed itself as a “fair and balanced” news channel long ago. Most of the channel’s shows are now filled with right-wing comments.
Even Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch admitted recently that he viewed the network’s role in the Biden years as a “loyal opposition” to the White House.