(TargetLiberty.org) – Tucker Carlson alleges that the U.S. government hindered his attempt to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an article featured in the Swiss magazine Die Weltwoche, the ex-Fox News anchor did not clarify when the incident took place. He expressed his dissatisfaction, highlighting that nobody defended his right to conduct such an interview. “The U.S. government obstructed my interview with Putin,” he stated. “And shockingly, no one in the news industry stood up for my right to speak to any figure I choose, and the public’s right to hear Putin’s perspective.”
It’s uncertain which U.S. agency Carlson blames for this interference.
Previously, Margarita Simonyan, a prominent Kremlin spokesperson, mentioned in August that Carlson had shown interest in speaking with Putin. It’s only now that Carlson has admitted to making this request.
The head of RT, a Russian state media outlet, praised Carlson and expressed hope someone would relay his message to the Russian President.
After leaving Fox News for his new platform on X, previously known as Twitter, Carlson’s remarks have been noted by Russian state media, especially when his opinions seem to be in line with the Kremlin.
Russian TV host, Vladimir Solovyov, hinted at potential dangers for Carlson after he predicted a U.S.-Russia conflict within the coming year, where he believed the U.S. would be defeated.
Dmitry Kiselyov, a Putin-appointed figure, echoed Carlson’s sentiments regarding Ukraine’s potential vulnerability without NATO. Although Kiselyov praised him, Carlson faced backlash from a U.S.-based Orthodox Christian group that accused him of echoing Russian disinformation.
Joanna Szostek, an expert on Russian disinformation from the University of Glasgow, noted that Russian media frequently leverage supportive comments from western analysts to bolster their narratives and imply discord in the West.
Carlson further voiced concerns over media credibility in the Die Weltwoche interview. He opined, “To undermine a democracy, controlling information is vital. Strangely, democratic nations’ media seem more untrustworthy as they have a significant role in shaping public opinion.” He added that there’s a concerted effort by U.S. power brokers to dominate media narratives.
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