A page from Tucker Carlson’s college yearbook is making its rounds on social media after a journalist noted that the Fox News host had listed himself as belonging to the “David White Society.”
For most people, “Dan White” probably sounds like a generic name that could refer to anybody.
But for many San Franciscans and LGBTQ people, the name still evokes the former city supervisor who assassinated Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978. Milk was famously the first openly gay politician elected in California and continues to be a symbol of LGBTQ activism around the world. White’s place in history has been defined by his part in the killings, and for his conviction of the lesser crime of involuntary manslaughter rather than first-degree murder.
On the morning of Wednesday, April 21, journalist Travis Akers posted a page from Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s 1991 yearbook from Connecticut’s Trinity College on Twitter.
Listed as an affiliation is the “Dan White Society” as well as the Christian Fellowship and the Jesse Helms Foundation (Helms was a long-serving North Carolina senator with outspoken anti-gay beliefs.)
The Chronicle noted that “It is not certain that Carlson was referring to the former S.F. policeman and supervisor in the yearbook, but many Twitter users assumed he meant the convicted killer.”
Fox News has not responded to the Chronicle’s request for comment, nor has Carlson responded to the tweets.
On the Tuesday, April 20, episode of Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host spoke out against Washington Post media columnist Erik Wemple for allegedly contacting Carlson’s college acquaintances and looking into his background, saying “Jeff Bezos (the owner of the Washington Post) had one of his minions, a mentally unbalanced middle-aged man called Erik Wemple, pull our dusty college yearbook and call around and see if we’d done anything naughty at the age of 19 … Let us know if you hear any good stories.”
Carlson has come under fire for homophobic comments in the past, the report noted.
Media Matters for America compiled audio of Carlson’s appearances on the “Bubba the Love Sponge” radio show between 2006 and 2011, where he used racist, sexist and homophobic language, including the word “fag,” and released the recording in 2019. And in July 2020, head writer Blake Neff resigned from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” after sexist, racist and homophonic comments he made on online forums came to light. Carlson called the comments wrong, but also said on his show, “We should also point out to the ghouls that are beating their chest in triumph at the destruction of a young man that self-righteousness also has its costs,” in seeming defense of Neff.
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