The Kremlin admits Tucker Carlson is a useful idiot
Kremlin spokesman, Wednesday Dmitry Peskov He confirmed that Carlson had indeed interviewed Putin, but objected to Carlson’s claim that “no Western journalist bothered” to interview the Russian president throughout the country’s war with Ukraine, which broke out more than two years ago.
“Mr. Carlson is not right,” said Peskov. a permit in the interview – which has not yet been published – adding that Russia’s authoritarian ruler has received “numerous requests for interviews with the president, but mostly, as far as the countries of the collectivist West are concerned, these requests come from the main network media: traditional television channels and large newspapers.”
Given that Carlson’s interview with Putin will be the president’s first meeting with a major Western media figure since the outbreak of war in February 2022, it is fair to say that these requests have been denied. According to Peskov, these traditional media “do not even try to appear neutral in their coverage. Of course there is no desire to communicate with this type of media.”
However, the suggestion that Carlson himself was neutral in his coverage of the war between Russia and Ukraine is laughable, and it is not difficult to understand why the Kremlin allowed him, and not traditional media, to interview Putin. long history Who adopts Pro-Russian talking points Regarding the war, he even went so far as to claim in 2019 that he was actively “(encouraging) Russia” as tensions rose between the two countries.
Carlson’s leaning toward the Russian line of argument was so heavy that in March of 2022, Mother Jones got Kremlin note This encouraged the state-controlled media to “use as much as possible segments of the radio programs of popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who strongly criticizes the actions of the United States (and) NATO, their negative role in unleashing the conflict in Ukraine, (and) the behavior Defiant provocation on the part of the leadership of Western countries and NATO towards the Russian Federation and towards President Putin personally.
Critical coverage of Putin has often led to his illegal detention – Or even deaths —- From Russian and American journalists. As Carlson headed to Moscow for his interview with the notorious autocrat, American journalists, including Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Also Kurmasheva And Wall Street Journal Reporter Ivan GershkovichHe remains imprisoned in the country. Russia’s war against Ukraine has just… Amplifying the country’s crackdown On journalists, many independent outlets and international news groups were forced to close their operations in the country for fear of retaliation.
Peskov claimed on Wednesday that Carlson’s position on the conflict with Ukraine is “in no way pro-Russian, not pro-Ukraine.” Rather, he is pro-America. But it at least stands in clear contrast to the position of the traditional Anglo-Saxon media.
Putin’s refusal to sit down with most Western media likely has less to do with accusations of bias and more to do with an unwillingness to submit to legitimate scrutiny from his government. Russia has been accused of committing Atrocities and war crimes in its attack on Ukraine, including unlawful executions of civilians. Putin’s government is also notorious for its repetition Arrest of political rivals And critics as well as a mysterious cloud Deaths and poisoning Those in his orbit.
It remains to be seen whether Carlson will question Putin on any of these matters. Grant history for former Fox News host Softball interviews to Controversial influencers, Political figuresAnd Authoritarian leaders“, shows that this is unlikely. Given everything we know about Putin’s propaganda machine, it is clear that the Russian government sees in Carlson a safe opportunity to broadcast its carefully crafted messages to American viewers.
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