On Tuesday Tucker Carlson revealed that he is in Moscow to conduct an exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Carlson called attention to the significant risks and months of careful planning involved in arranging such a high-profile engagement.
The interview, set to be broadcast without edits on Carlson’s website, hopes to shed light on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and its profound implications on the global stage.
Carlson started. “Two years into a war that’s reshaping the entire world, most Americans are not informed… But they should know.”
“They are fawning pep sessions specifically designed to amplify Zelensky’s demand that the U.S. enter more deeply into a war in Eastern Europe and pay for it. That is not journalism. It is government propaganda. Propaganda of the ugliest kind, the kind that kills people.”
“Not a single Western journalist has bothered to interview the president of the other country involved in this conflict, Vladimir Putin,” Carlson lamented. The veteran journalist also touched upon the challenges faced in securing the interview, including alleged spying and attempts at censorship by the Biden administration.
Despite the hurdles, Carlson affirmed his commitment to free speech and the right to inform the American public, funded entirely without government or external support.
“We are not here because we love Vladimir Putin. We are here because we love the United States,” he declared. He also said the interview will be available to all without a paywall and thanked Elon Musk for ensuring the interview’s visibility on X, formerly Twitter.
“You should know as much as you can and then, like a free citizen and not a slave, you can decide for yourself,” Carlson concluded. The bold move by Carlson to interview Putin directly aims to provide a more nuanced understanding of the conflict in Ukraine and its global repercussions, challenging the prevailing narratives and offering viewers the opportunity to hear directly from one of the key figures in this historic confrontation.
Earlier this week, Carlson was spotted near the headquarters of Putin after the conservative star teased the possibility of an interview for weeks. A brief exchange captured by state-run outlet Izvestia showed Carlson exchanging words with a Russian fan asking him why he was visiting.
“I just wanted to talk with people and look around,” Carlson said innocuously. “See how [Russia] is doing, and it’s doing very well.” Asked if he has plans to interview Putin, Carlson smirked and shrugged, offering only, “We’ll see.”
The former Fox News host has previously told the Swiss newspaper Weltwoche that the U.S. government stepped in to prevent an interview with Putin.
“There has been a very aggressive attempt, over a number of decades on the part of the people who run the United States, to control what’s available on our news stations and in our newspapers — to control the news media. And they have,” Carlson told the outlet, adding that many U.S. media organizations have been happy to allow it.
“I tried to interview Vladimir Putin, and the US government stopped me,” Tucker said. “So, think about that for a minute. By the way, nobody defended me. I don’t think there was anybody in the news media who said, ‘Wait a second. I may not like this guy, but he has a right to interview anyone he wants, and we have a right to hear what Putin says,’” he continued.
“You’re not allowed to hear Putin’s voice. Because why? There was no vote on it. No one asked me. I’m 54 years old. I’ve paid my taxes and followed the law.”
On Monday, Senate lawmakers announced the terms of an immigration deal that would provide enhanced southern border security in exchange for another $60 billion in funding for Ukraine as well as $14.1 billion in assistance for Israel.