Russia Putin Interview
FILE - Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio on March 2, 2017, in New York. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been interviewed by former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, the Kremlin confirmed Wednesday. It is Putin's first interview to a Western journalist since the beginning of his full-scale invasion of Ukraine two years ago. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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Russia says former Fox News host Tucker Carlson has interviewed Putin

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By DAVID BAUDER and EMMA BURROWS

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been interviewed by former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, the Kremlin confirmed Wednesday. It is Putin's first interview to a Western media figure since his full-scale invasion of Ukraine two years ago.

Carlson had released a video from Moscow on Tuesday in which he said he would be interviewing Putin. Carlson claimed that Western journalists had interviewed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy multiple times but could not be “bothered” to interview the Russian president.

The interview will be posted Thursday, according to Justin Wells, head of programming at Carlson’s streaming network. It's not known what was said in the interview.

Putin has heavily limited his contact with international media since he launched the war in Ukraine in February 2022. Russian authorities have cracked down on media, forcing some independent Russian outlets to close, blocking others and ordering a number of foreign reporters to leave the country. Two journalists working for U.S. news organizations — The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Gershkovich and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Alsu Kurmasheva — are in jail on charges they reject.

Western journalists were invited to Putin’s annual press conference in December — the first since the war began — but only two were given the chance to ask a question.

Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that Carlson was chosen for the interview because “he has a position which differs” from other English-language media.

Before his exit from Fox, Carlson repeatedly questioned the validity of U.S. support for Ukraine following the Russian invasion, and he's wondered why Americans are told to hate Putin so much. His commentaries were frequently circulated on Russian state-run media.

In his video this week, Carlson denounced “corrupt” American media outlets for “fawning pep sessions” with Zelenskyy that he said were designed to get America into a war with eastern Europe and pay for it.

Peskov also rejected Carlson's suggestion that no Western journalists had submitted requests to interview Putin. He said the Kremlin has received many requests from large Western television channels and newspapers which, he asserted, “take a one-sided position." Carlson’s position, Peskov said, “is in no way pro-Russian, nor pro-Ukrainian, but rather pro-American.”

The Associated Press is among the outlets that has requested an interview with Putin.

“Does Tucker really think we journalists haven't been trying to interview President Putin every day since his full scale invasion of Ukraine?” CNN's Christiane Amanpour said on X. “It's absurd — we'll continue to ask for an interview, just as we have for years now.”

Carlson's trip comes as he has planted himself on former President Donald Trump's side in a growing split in the Republican party over Putin and the Ukraine war. Trump has pushed to cut off aid to Ukraine, and the GOP majority controlling the House of Representatives has complied.

While many Republicans are critical of the Russian president and his invasion, Trump and others have argued the United States has no interest helping Ukraine defend itself.

Carlson has also traveled to interview Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has fashioned himself into an icon for conservative populists across the globe and been Putin's closest ally in the European Union.

The interview with Putin, Carlson said in his video, will be distributed for free on his website and on X, formerly known as Twitter. Carlson, who was fired by Fox News in April, announced he was starting his own streaming service in December.

Fox has offered no explanation for firing Carlson, who was its top-rated personality at the time. Like many people who leave the network that is conservative America's most popular news outlet, he has struggled to remain in the public eye.

Carlson worked at Fox News for more than a decade and hosted a show where he discussed conspiracy theories about Russia and the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Russian state media on Wednesday extensively covered Carlson’s visit.

Vladimir Solovyev, one of Russia’s most famous television hosts, said the interview would “break through the blockade and the narrative that exists” in Western media which, he said, focuses on “Putin’s unprovoked, brutal invasion of Ukraine.”

Solovyev, whose show is often critical of Western media, said Carlson is “feared” because he does not align with that narrative.

Associated Press writer Nicholas Riccardi contributed to this report.

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Carlson has also traveled to interview Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has fashioned himself into an icon for conservative populists across the globe and been Putin's closest ally in the European Union.

All part of the European Evil Autocrat Tour coming to a dictatorship near you soon...

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Peskov said, “is in no way pro-Russian, nor pro-Ukrainian, but rather pro-American.”

The American left claims to support diversity but actually they hate diversity of opinion.

They only allow one opinion, that of the Corporate Media, anything outside of that tunnel vision bubble is deemed "Russian propaganda"

Thank you Tucker for trying to break through that bubble and showing Americans how the rest of the planet sees the world.

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Thuban

Peskov said, “is in no way pro-Russian, nor pro-Ukrainian, but rather pro-American.”

The American left claims to support diversity but actually they hate diversity of opinion.

Well, if it is racist, bigoted or misogynistic, sure.

They only allow one opinion, that of the Corporate Media, anything outside of that tunnel vision bubble is deemed "Russian propaganda"

No, we deem Russian propaganda "Russian propaganda"

Thank you Tucker for trying to break through that bubble and showing Americans how the rest of the planet sees the world.

Tucker is willingly being played as a "useful idiot".

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The interview will be posted Thursday, according to Justin Wells, head of programming at Carlson’s streaming network. It's not known what was said in the interview.

Should be interesting !

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Carlson has also traveled to interview Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has fashioned himself into an icon for conservative populists across the globe and been Putin's closest ally in the European Union.

Daddy Carlson did lobbying work for the Orban government.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/07/world/europe/tucker-carlson-hungary.html

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they hate diversity of opinion.

If your opinion is that authoritarianism and strongmen are good, then yeah, I hate that opinion. Next?

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He should go to North Korea next.

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Russian authorities have cracked down on media, forcing some independent Russian outlets to close, blocking others and ordering a number of foreign reporters to leave the country.

Tucker wishes dissenting opinions would be shut down in the West like in Russia like he did on his show when a historian who pushed at Davos to expose and tax billionaire dark assets mocked his populist, anti-billionaire rhetoric for the transparent sham it is.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/feb/20/historian-who-confronted-davos-billionaires-leaks-tucker-carlson-rant

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People seem terrified that this interview is going to brainwash anyone who sees it.

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Chabbawanga- most of my countrymen feel that wars for territorial expansion are bad and should be left in the past. Are you sure you want us reconsidering our stance?

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Good on Tucker. Can’t wait to watch it.

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Chabbawanga- most of my countrymen feel that wars for territorial expansion are bad and should be left in the past. Are you sure you want us reconsidering our stance?

Your country has the most aggressive interventionalist foreign policy on the planet, so your stance isnt very clear

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Western and Russian journalists have been imprisoned for reporting on the war. Tucker the hack.

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Tucker wishes dissenting opinions would be shut down in the West like in Russia like he did on his show when a historian who pushed at Davos to expose and tax billionaire dark assets mocked his populist, anti-billionaire rhetoric for the transparent sham it is.

When Tucker was under contract with FNC there were certain topics that he could not address, that’s not the case not being independent.

He should go to North Korea next.

He just might, wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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People seem terrified that this interview is going to brainwash anyone who sees it.

Fans of putin and tucker appear to like being brainwashed. Anyone watching who isn’t already a fan is not likely to convert.

I’ll be sure to watch it, but am not expecting any hardball journalism; more of a paid commercial.

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People seem terrified that this interview is going to brainwash anyone who sees it.

It's just hysterical McCarthyism. The BBC has had a hack in Moscow for years (Steve Rosenberg) who produces the most mendacious drivel about Russia, its people and leaders, yet no-one bats an eyelid about him.

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Chabbawanga- the past is the past, can’t change that, but we are getting better as time goes on and more importantly, we aren’t invading anyone right now, annexing their territory, and stealing and killing their people.

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Your country has the most aggressive interventionalist foreign policy on the planet, so your stance isnt very clear

Notice how they can't actually answer the question. This isn't about any other country. It's about the principle: Do you think wars of territorial expansion are a thing that should be left in the past?

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It's just hysterical McCarthyism. The BBC has had a hack in Moscow for years (Steve Rosenberg) who produces the most mendacious drivel about Russia, its people and leaders, yet no-one bats an eyelid about him.

You've got to have a smooth brain to think anyone from the BBC is on the same level as a hack like Tucker Carlson.

He got canned for lying about voting machines. Not that facts matter to tankies, of course.

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Western and Russian journalists have been imprisoned for reporting on the war. Tucker the hack.

Tucker wasn’t.

Fans of putin and tucker appear to like being brainwashed. Anyone watching who isn’t already a fan is not likely to convert. 

I personally don’t know a single person that likes Putin except a few celebs

I’ll be sure to watch it, but am not expecting any hardball journalism; more of a paid commercial.

Who knows? I won’t prejudge. Should be interesting though.

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Bass - If Russia and China are able to conquer and annex other countries, shouldn’t the US be allowed to do so as well in your opinion?

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Tucker wasn’t.

That should probably tell you he's going to be spewing Kremlin propaganda.

I personally don’t know a single person that likes Putin except a few celebs

And rightwing Tucker Carlson fans.

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I personally don’t know a single person that likes Putin except a few celebs

I don’t personally know a single person who likes tucker. Doesn’t mean he ain’t popular.

Lots of Russians like putin, I’m sure they’ll have to watch it.

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Your country has the most aggressive interventionalist foreign policy on the planet, so your stance isnt very clear

Can’t argue that, Trump was the first President to change that and to focus more on America and its local interests and people first and to step away from globalism being the police of the world. Love it. As long as America elects career Washington establishment swamp rats, we will always be interventionists.

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I don’t personally know a single person who likes tucker.

Maybe you personally, but over 11 million followers….wow, before when he was on FNC he had about 4 million.

Doesn’t mean he ain’t popular.

Tucker very much is, that’s why we are hear now.

Lots of Russians like putin, I’m sure they’ll have to watch it.

Maybe Russia of 40 years ago.

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That should probably tell you he's going to be spewing Kremlin propaganda.

Doubt it.

And rightwing Tucker Carlson fans

I’m a Tucker fan, I don’t like Putin and I’m not left or right wing, but I’m a conservative for sure.

If Russia and China are able to conquer and annex other countries, shouldn’t the US be allowed to do so as well in your opinion?

What?

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You've got to have a smooth brain to think anyone from the BBC is on the same level as a hack like Tucker Carlson.

It's comical that anyone could think Rosenberg is any less of a hack than Carlson.

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Do you think wars of territorial expansion are a thing that should be left in the past?

Yes

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It's comical that anyone could think Rosenberg is any less of a hack than Carlson.

lol Did Rosenberg get sued and defend himself claiming he's not an actual journalist?

Did Rosenberg peddle the Russian state lies that Ukraine was committing a genocide against Russians in easter Ukraine?

I'd take Rosenberg any day over an "entertainer" hack like Tucker Carlson.

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Comrade Carlson interviewing MAGA-world's second most popular autocrat and tyrant

That’s a good thing in a true democracy.

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I’m a Tucker fan, I don’t like Putin and I’m not left or right wing, but I’m a conservative for sure.

Same but im a liberal. Which is precisely why it is important to hear all sides of an argument. Im anti-censorship.

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Tucker will be so famous he will be infamous.

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Did he ask about the Americans wrongfully detained in Russia? Explain to me how this "brave man" would forget to do that.

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The American left claims to support diversity but actually they hate diversity of opinion.

They only allow one opinion, that of the Corporate Media,

Loads of left leaning political podcasts out there, Thuban.

I’d suggest you check one out and find out what the “left” actually thinks about corporate media.

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yeah and you were all for speculation. Yesterday.

I never said I was against speculation, but you certainly were yesterday.

When I speculate, I base my speculation upon things we can know. When you speculate, you make it up out of thin air, like "did Zelensky just put TC on a kill list?"

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Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that Carlson was chosen for the interview because “he has a position which differs” from other English-language media.

What a great example of selective editing/ reporting and omitting context / rest of the statement - Moscow said he was granted interview because his position differs in that it is more balanced than most of Western mass media which lacks impartiality.

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La vie douce

What a great example of selective editing/ reporting and omitting context / rest of the statement - Moscow said he was granted interview because his position differs in that it is more balanced than most of Western mass media which lacks impartiality.

I’m curious, do you think that Carlson would be interviewing Putin, if they didn’t know beforehand that he would portray Russia in a good light?

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Wonder if free speech advocate Tucker asked about people holding blank sheets of paper being put in prison? Gotta admit, if he did, I give him kudos for it.

somehow doubt he did. Would be happy to be proven wrong.

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Should be interesting !

Absolutely,

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Loads of left leaning political podcasts out there, Thuban.

And the majority of them fail, the left are strongest in TV and print, always have been, the right talk radio. Podcasts.

I’d suggest you check one out and find out what the “left” actually thinks about corporate media

How they think in the media and what the left in Washington does is very different.

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Same but im a liberal. Which is precisely why it is important to hear all sides of an argument. Im anti-censorship.

As a conservative, I couldn’t agree more!

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How they think in the media and what the left in Washington does is very different.

the actual left does not consider your Washington left to be left, Bass.

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Certain quarters are angry that Carlson landed the bombshell interview of our times. There will be more revelations to come.

Western journalists were invited to Putin’s annual press conference in December — the first since the war began — but only two were given the chance to ask a question.

This refers to the 4 hour and 15 minute Q&A in which he made those two western journalists wait after journalists from China, Balkans, Africa and other countries - Peskov initially put them at the front on the line and Putin stated they will be at the back on the line. One of the western journalists was a female working for the NYT, and she was clearly charmed and surprised by the engagement she received (watch it on YouTube).

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Interviewed? or Brown nosed so hard he'll be washing fudge out of his ears for months?

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Great News, more media competition, better for society!

Great job Tucker and Elon! All markets need disruption and competition, otherwise legacy corruption take over.

More transparency, media platforms and communication in general will all act to inform public and reduce toxic impact of media gas-lighting/manipulation.

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The hysteria over this interview that is gripping the White House and NATO propagandists on JT since it was announced yesterday is very interesting to observe. People have been calling Carson all kinds of names, even a " traitor" who is committing treason" and should be bared from returning to US. These are the same people who supposedly champion freedom in all its forms. As hypocritical as it is expected, chuckle. Lets enjoy the show.

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And Bass, don’t lecture us about true democracy less than 24 hours after posting this

It’s not about free or oppressed it’s about a leader that can get things done and that is what these men do. The legal and human rights stuff is a second issue.

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JJEToday  09:07 am JST

Certain quarters are angry that Carlson landed the bombshell interview of our times. 

A coward interviews a criminal. This is hardly bombshell event.

One of the western journalists was a female working for the NYT, and she was clearly charmed and surprised by the engagement she received (watch it on YouTube).

Are you sure she just wasn't worried she wouldn't be allowed on her plane home?

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BlacklabelToday  08:58 am JST

Cant wait to see the interview, looking forward to facts and what we can learn from it to get this war OVER.

You mean you haven't been able to interpret Putin's blathering up until this point?

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Bass - Democracy, yes or no?

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One should assume because of this enhanced media transparency; many Americans and Europeans will re-think this Ukraine 10year civil war and how to best resolve this matter peacefully.

Due to more balanced objective media coverage, many will have greater sympathy for those suffering from human, property and citizenship rights like former Russian speaking Ukrainians experienced and who have now achieved their LEGAL Independence for CAUSE.

Like former Yugoslavia in late 1990s with legal US assistance to achieve their needed independence!

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"I’m curious, do you think that Carlson would be interviewing Putin, if they didn’t know beforehand that he would portray Russia in a good light?"

I think Carlson was allowed to interview Putin because he is not chained to the official narrative put out from the White House / Pentagon as most of the mass media outlets are and will be more balanced in interviewing Putin as well as putting the interview out without the "editing" that would result in a piece following the official narrative as most media outlets ( especially US/EU ones ) do. Let's watch it and find out. However, judging by the hysteric reaction to this interview before it even aired, the usual suspects have already made up their minds, ( granted, some of them are just doing their job and pushing the line their bosses told them to push ) unsurprisingly.

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Oh, morning Hope!

why were you chest pounding about Speaker Johnson’s stand alone funding bill for Israel while simultaneously lamenting genocide in Gaza? Have asked many times now, yet you never seem to want to answer.

go figure…

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For those of you not familiar with or from the US, our internet is quite unrestricted here. We have the ability to gain access to any of the world’s media. Websites aren’t blocked here. VPNs not necessary.

Not sure where you guys are getting your info from, but it’s bunk.

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Imagine, most Americans do not even know Ukraine's civil war officially began in 2014.

Doesn't matter because it has nothing to do with the horrendous assault being done to Ukraine today.

Lol. What??? You cant be serious.

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A coward interviews a criminal. This is hardly bombshell event."

Well, since Tucker Carlson announcement of the interview on X has gathered 92 million views in 2 days, you are clearly wrong and millions of people all over the world do view it as a " bombshell event ".

But yes, do continue to think you know better and are right , as per norm.

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Chabbawanga - Russian has been meddling in Ukraine since the nation was born. That is what is causing the current troubles. Russia is like a spurned lover that just doesn’t get that the problem is his own damn self. You can’t force people to like you and the harder you try, the harder you fall.

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Tucker Carlson's doing a GREAT service for Humanity!

Who can argue promoting much needed communication and understanding's somehow a BAD idea? Is so, then you clearly do not believe in Democracy!

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Like former Yugoslavia in late 1990s with legal US assistance to achieve their needed independence!

Was that the Yugoslavia that you said broke up into 3 distinct countries?

I’d do a little reading or at least look at a map before making these kind of comparisons.

Helps with the credibility.

Anyway:

Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that Carlson was chosen for the interview because “he has a position which differs” from other English-language media

Carlson’s position is hard to know. He’s a transparent liar and scammer.

”He has a position” should be “the position he’s selling”.

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I think Carlson was allowed to interview Putin because he is not chained to the official narrative 

aka, he’s been pro-Russia on this since day one. He said so. Explicitly. He was on Russian State media constantly. You know this.

he got the interview because the interviewee knows he’s sympathetic

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Trump was the first President to change that and to focus more on America and its local interests and people first and to step away from globalism being the police of the world.

He literally assassinated an Iranian general.

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Chabbawanga - Russian has been meddling in Ukraine since the nation was born. That is what is causing the current troubles. 

more than meddling. Doesn’t acknowledge its existence.

as he said directly to W. Ukraine is not a real country.

lets get a big cheer from Team Nationalism on that one!

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more than meddling. Doesn’t acknowledge its existence.

as he said directly to W. Ukraine is not a real country.

lets get a big cheer from Team Nationalism on that one!

This sounds familiar. Is there another situation just like this one in recent news?

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I think if an honest player was interviewing Putin it could be useful, but when we have a clearly untrustworthy scammer selling narratives to the vulnerable, you have to wonder.

Maybe some see his lack of honesty in themselves. A kind of sympathy.

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No sorry , the article does not say anything about Tucker Carlson's father doing lobbying for PM Orban ( only that Tucker interviewed Orban a while back 

That Tucker Carlson did similar propaganda pieces for Orban certainly is in the article.

Perhaps there's no financial connection, perhaps both Tucker Carlson and Carlson senior just really like fascists.

causing such discomfort to you and your bosses?

My bosses? lol Your projection is showing.

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The old corrupt media industry clearly does not like well-funded smart new competition!

Reminds me of legacy Auto and legacy Hollywood not liking EVs or Tech based streaming platforms.

Same old story, but PUBLIC benefits, greater transparency is a GRET thing, promotes Democracy and takes on corrupt special interest efforts to protect their fundamentally anti-democratic legacy monopolies!

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

Why is Tucker Calrson not asking to interview Lukashenko? What is he afraid of?

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Serious political analysts understand as result of Mr. Carlson, Western public Support for Ukraine will only diminish. Question remains how soon and how much?

Mr. Putin makes a STRONG Ukraine case, and why his public supports in the 80's, NOT 30's like Biden!

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Serious political analysts understand as result of Mr. Carlson, Western public Support for Ukraine will only diminish.

Serious political analysts get their "news" from Tucker Carlson? hahahaha What are you talking about? Like, you're really phoning it in here, friend.

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I think if an honest player was interviewing Putin it could be useful, but when we have a clearly untrustworthy scammer selling narratives to the vulnerable, you have to wonder. 

Well, that’s your personal opinion, the majority of people don’t feel so.

Maybe some see his lack of honesty in themselves.

If they see it at all as lacking. But to each his own, right?

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

Has he requested an interview with Lukashenko? Pretty sure the door is open should he. Tucker said in his video that he has sent a request to interview Zelensky but received no reply.

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Serious political analysts get their "news" from Tucker Carlson?

Also, yes.

hahahaha What are you talking about? Like, you're really phoning it in here, friend.

Dunno, 11 million alone on X is nothing to sneeze about.

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

Also, yes.

Name 1.

Dunno, 11 million alone on X is nothing to sneeze about.

Yes, a lot of bots, and rightwing dolts.

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Anyone that argues Tucker's in the wrong, has a strange idea about importance of dialogue and communication to bridge greater understanding = basis of Democracy.

BECAUSE western legacy media has been so partisan and controlled by US elites, that we have this CURRENT global failure regarding effective dialogue and understanding with key global policymakers like Mr. Putin.

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Guess you didn’t see the question, Hope. Let’s try again!

why were you chest pounding about Speaker Johnson’s stand alone funding bill for Israel while simultaneously lamenting genocide in Gaza? Have asked many times now, yet you never seem to want to answer.

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"I think Carlson was allowed to interview Putin because he is not chained to the official narrative 

aka, he’s been pro-Russia on this since day one."

So anybody who does not subscribe to the official narrative put out by White House / NATO is automatically pro Russia? Wow, who needs freedom of thought, lets just mold humanity into obedient, unquestioning army of robots. The dream of the elites.

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Lots of American celebrities and Republican politicians were sympathetic to Hitler prior to WW2. Same thing is happening now with Putin.. Money is always involved.

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Tucker said in his video that he has sent a request to interview Zelensky but received no reply

I wouldn’t agree to it.

Do you reply to the types in your junk folder asking you to receive funds?

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World will end up being greatly surprised at Mr. Putin practical, logical, values-based approach to Ukraine.

That's greatest fear of the western elites so busy trying to destabilize Russia via this US NATO proxy war in order to turn it into their next 'democratic satellite' agenda.

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You can dislike Tucker. You can dislike Putin. But the interview itself is no problem.

Sean Penn interviewed a murder. Oliver Stone interviewed a murder. The Left interviews nefarious folks all the time.

Really, the only problem would be Tucker not asking challenging questions, not pressing him, not asking about war crimes committed by Russian soldiers. Softball questions would make this interview pointless.

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"That Tucker Carlson did similar propaganda pieces for Orban certainly is in the article."

Unfortunately, still nothing is in the article about Daddy Carlson doing lobbying work for Orban government, that was your "bonus" nuanced information.

"causing such discomfort to you and your bosses? My bosses? lol Your projection is showing."

Obviously a correct one, but that is fine we all have to make a living.

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Name 1.

Value Entertainment, Megyn Kelly, Joe Rogan, Elon Musk, even CNN, msnbc and the White House. As far as the lib networks are concerned they cover him, that helps him overall. That’s 7 easily.

Yes, a lot of bots, and rightwing dolts.

Yeah, you wish. ROFL!

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

Traitor Carlson gently tossing softball questions loaded with propaganda to his buddy Vladimir Putin.

Traitor.

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So anybody who does not subscribe to the official narrative put out by White House / NATO is automatically pro Russia? 

not anybody. I watched Tucker say on air that he supports Russia on this issue.

He, Tucker Carlson said that on air. So yes, with his own words he demonstrated that he is pro Russia. Not claiming he’s not allowed to be pro Russia, but rather that he objectively is pro Russia.

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vValue Entertainment, Megyn Kelly, Joe Rogan, Elon Musk, even CNN, msnbc and the White House. As far as the lib networks are concerned they cover him, that helps him overall. That’s 7 easily.

I said serious journalists. With the exception of maybe, Megyn Kelly, none of those people are "serious journalists."

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Mr. Putin makes a STRONG Ukraine case, and why his public supports in the 80's, NOT 30's like Biden!

When any opposition is banned and opposition politicians are routinely murdered or incarcerated, references to ‘public support’ are meaningless.

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Let's face facts - the dems have had it in for Putin since Trump's election, which they shamelessly blamed on the former. Everything from "interference", to a certain laptop to inflation they blame the former (and the latter). Pelosi even blamed young (anti-war) protestors haranguing Joe at events directly on Putin.

It's well past time for a dose of reality, the antidote being the truth and Tucker will be the messenger.

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Traitor Carlson gently tossing softball questions loaded with propaganda to his buddy Vladimir Putin.

Traitor.

Definitely not Tucker and For talking to our adversary? Maybe if this administration tried it more often they would get more respect and seen as legitimate instead of being snubbed all the time.

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I said serious journalists.

I did.

With the exception of maybe, Megyn Kelly, none of those people are "serious journalists."

Well, that’s your opinion. We all have them. But their numbers don’t lie.

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LVD - did you not see when Tucker said on air that he wanted Russia to win? I saw it.

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Tucker is not a loyal American.

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Tucker is not a loyal American.

Probably and most arguably THE most loyal American ever, and he’s gotten even more popular since he left FNC.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Everything from "interference",

yeah, you probably shouldn’t be drawing people’s attention to that, JJE…

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Look at the 60 minutes interview with Zelensky - if that wasn't a fawning pep-session, then I don't know what is. I bet no one can name the alleged journalist who conducted that "interview".

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I said serious journalists. 

I did.

joe Rogan does not call himself a journalist Bass. Neither does Elon Musk.

good grief…

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Amazing isn't it. ALL these fools that wish to regulate the media for "Their" Democracy, the irony is RICH indeed!

You go Tucker, protect Free Speech and Disrupt Mainstream Woke Media controlled by the same Special Interests that seek to remove Putin from office!

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Just to clarify the UPDATE: According to Carlson’s Instagram account, just posted, the interview will air at 6pm EST Thursday.

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You go Tucker, protect Free Speech and Disrupt Mainstream Woke Media controlled by the same Special Interests that seek to remove Putin from office!

Yes, we need Tucker to defend free speech by shilling for fascists who have done away with free speech in their own country.

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Yes, we need Tucker to defend free speech by shilling for fascists who have done away with free speech in their own country.

All the more reason why Tucker continues to grow, after what FOX did, they defined the very definition of what fascism is.

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Bass - dictators and the Constitution are not compatible. You can have one or the other.

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All the more reason why Tucker continues to grow, after what FOX did, they defined the very definition of what fascism is.

Yes, fascism is when you get fired from your job. reeeee

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Looking forward to seeing this interview and supporting Tucker, Elon, etc. in the process. They believe in being professional journalists, independent, thus not controlled by the many stakeholders in traditional corrupt media.

Thur. evening is PRIME Time for ratings & Democracy!

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Probably and most arguably THE most loyal American ever, and he’s gotten even more popular since he left FNC.

A lifetime of public service, lol.

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The US Constitution Bass, is specifically crafted to make a strongman impossible. That is the whole purpose of 3 coequal branches jealously guarding their own place in the Constitutional system. To make your preferred form of government impossible.

That is why the Constitution exists. To thwart you.

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Wonder if Tucker and Pres. Putin will discuss October surprises!?! Most curious besides Ukraine, what else they discuss. Many don't know, Tucker was perennially #1 HIGHEST rated US Cable News Anchor at FOX

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Important to remember that Tucker is a viable choice for the next VP.

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Yes, we need Tucker to defend free speech by shilling for fascists who have done away with free speech in their own country.

All the more reason why Tucker continues to grow, after what FOX did, they defined the very definition of what fascism is.

Don’t quote people if you’re not going to address the content you are quoting, Bass.

thought you’d know that as a journalist

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hopesprings,

Looking forward to seeing this interview and supporting Tucker, Elon, etc. in the process. They believe in being professional journalists, independent, thus not controlled by the many stakeholders in traditional corrupt media.

Yeah.. about that…(per Carlson’s own lawyers).

The "'general tenor' of the show should then inform a viewer that [Carlson] is not 'stating actual facts' about the topics he discusses and is instead engaging in 'exaggeration' and 'non-literal commentary.' "

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The US Constitution Bass, is specifically crafted to make a strongman impossible.

Biden certainly didn’t get that memo.

That is the whole purpose of 3 coequal branches jealously guarding their own place in the Constitutional system.

True.

To make your preferred form of government impossible.

That is why the Constitution exists. To thwart you

Biden

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Absolutely VP possibilities for Tucker, his media following is real, built brick by brick, he's authentic and likable.

I'd venture WH Press Secretary also possible, or Trusted Special Assistant, who can trot off to visit Putin & others!

Just maybe this was a Tucker Putin trial balloon?!

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Russian Tr0!!

Absolutely VP possibilities for Tucker, his media following is real, built brick by brick, he's authentic and likable.

I'd venture WH Press Secretary also possible, or Trusted Special Assistant, who can trot off to visit Putin & others!

Just maybe this was a Tucker Putin trial balloon?!

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As an inveterate liar, he'd certainly be a great fit for a potential job working for Trump.

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how come the only people agreeing with you are obvious Russians and Chinese?

I don’t care what they think, but I can’t wait to see Tucker’s final numbers.

You are able to discern based on writing styles like the rest of are, right?

Yup!

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I don’t care what they think, 

oh, they care what you think!

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Bass - what are some right-wing principles you disagree with?

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This is like a train wreck for many people. You know you shouldn't look, but you can't help yourself. Afterwards, you feel guilty, since nothing all that great was seen.

The hype is what this is about, not the actual story of mass murder by the Russian leader against his "brothers" in Ukraine and Georgia, who actually did nothing to warrant invasion.

Remember that movie a few years ago about Lil' Kim? Don't feel bad. Nobody else does either. This interview will have an even shorter life time.

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You've got to have a smooth brain to think anyone from the BBC is on the same level as a hack like Tucker Carlson.

He got canned for lying about voting machines. Not that facts matter to tankies, of course.

Speaking of facts mattering, maybe you should check yours first. While the reason he was sacked was never publicly stated, we know (for a fact) he was not canned for lying about voting machines. He was not named in that case and had nothing to do with it other than being employed by the same network.

Not that facts matter....

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Way to go Tucker.

He deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.

Greatest journalist on this planet.

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Speaking of facts mattering, maybe you should check yours first. While the reason he was sacked was never publicly stated, we know (for a fact) he was not canned for lying about voting machines. He was not named in that case and had nothing to do with it other than being employed by the same network.

Wasn't named in that case? What are you talking about? Yes he was.

https://apnews.com/article/tucker-carlson-fox-news-dominion-lawsuit-trump-5d6aed4bc7eb1f7a01702ebea86f37a1

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fox-news-hosts-allegedly-privately-versus-air-false/story?id=97662551

Of course I like this exchange, just to show what a duplicitious hack he is:

IN PRIVATE: On Nov. 8, Carlson privately texted his producer that the allegations about Dominion were "absurd," according to the Dominion filing. Also that day, Carlson's producer texted him about his own doubts.

"I don't think there is evidence of voter fraud that swung the election," producer Alex Pfeiffer texted to Carlson, per the lawsuit. "The software s--t is absurd," Carlson allegedly responded. "Half our viewers have seen the Maria clip."

ON-AIR: On his show just one night later, Carlson pushed more suggestions of fraud, though he said "we don't know anything about the software."

"We don't know how many votes were stolen on Tuesday night. We don't know anything about the software that many say was rigged. We don't know. We ought to find out," he said. "But here's what we do know. On a larger level, at the highest levels, actually, our system isn't what we thought it was. It's not as fair as it should be. Not even close."

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Greatest journalist on this planet.

by his own admission in court he is a political entertainer not a journalist

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Such an "irrelevant" journalist, and as such, he warrants many comments/views and has managed to scoop the bombshell interview of the decade. He must be doing something right!

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Kurumazaka 2

Greatest journalist on this planet.

by his own admission in court he is a political entertainer not a journalist

He also admitted he sometimes lies when he is “really cornered or something”.

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"traitor"

Traitor? To whom? Geez lol, the dude is just doing an interview ( its his job ), so many getting hot under the collar.

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Such an "irrelevant" journalist, 

oh, you guys wouldn’t have booked him if he wasn’t relevant.

He’s a relevant political entertainer, by his own admission.

he reads his audience and bases his commentary on what they want to hear.

aka, he entertains them

thats not a journalist

right Bass?

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by his own admission in court he is a political entertainer not a journalist

He never said that.

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In order to have peace & prosperity, need open lines of communication and that means dynamic media industry willing to disrupt and buck legacy Media Monopolists!

Tucker and Elon doing just that, thank you for protecting Democracy and Promoting Better Global Understanding!

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He never said that.

Yes, his lawyer did. We know this.

Elon doing just that,

Ah yes, free speech warrior Elmo. Fighting the good fight by blocking people at the behest of the Turkish and Indian governments as well as anyone who criticizes him.

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by his own admission in court he is a political entertainer not a journalist

No serious people have ever thought or think he’s a serious journalist.

If you are as dishonest as he is, you might be able to convince yourself he is serious.

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The western mainstream media narrative of making Putin and others the 'boogieman' clearly isn't facilitating greater global understanding and cooperation.

It seems clear that many in western media elite in fact seek further global destabilization as part of their dangerous hidden agenda putting entire world at risk.

Thank you to Elon and Tucker for protecting the World from the globalists who Only believe in their media narrative and Democracy that THEY control!

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Traitor? To whom? Geez lol, the dude is just doing an interview ( its his job ), so many getting hot under the collar.

He’s a supposed free speech advocate running cover for a guy who locks people up for holding up blank sheets of paper.

think that’s what folks are hot under the collar about.

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bass4funk

by his own admission in court he is a political entertainer not a journalist

He never said that.

No. His lawyers said that. That was his defence.

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The Tucker Carson & Elon Musk envy runs rich and deep indeed, but clearly most people and markets approve!

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And as JJE and Hope keep driving home, that guy who lock’s people up for blank sheets of paper REALLY wants DJT back in the White House.

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Tucker knows World's on fire because of a break-down in communication with world leaders. He's trying to bridge the gap, restore sanity and understanding.

For this alone, we should be grateful, because it's the first step towards a return to normalcy.

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