Trump indicated his support for Vladimir Putin in an interview with Tucker Carlson – Letters From An American
Tucker Carlson, downplaying Russia-Ukraine conflict, urges Americans to ask, ‘Why do I hate Putin?’ Carlson, who has been accused of being “one of the biggest cheerleaders for Russia” during the conflict, asked viewers a series of questions about whether Putin had promoted “racial discrimination” in schools, made fentanyl, attempted “to snuff out Christianity” or eaten dogs.
But even with the Ukraine conflict and Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Fox News host described the tension in the region as merely “a border dispute” and wondered why Americans should despise the Russian president. “It may be worth asking yourself, since it is getting pretty serious, what is this really about? Why do I hate Putin so much?” he said. “Has Putin ever called me a racist? Has he threatened to get me fired for disagreeing with him?” – Washington Post
Check this Wakelet collection of Tucker’s affection for fascists like Putin and Orban. Dominion’s legal dispute with Fox for spinning the facts to get better ratings.
Anything for ratings
“Fox News has remained mum as Kremlin-backed state media used clips of the network’s host Tucker Carlson defending Russian President Vladimir Putin amid his invasion of Ukraine. As Carlson faced scrutiny for his comments about Putin in the United States, several clips from his show have been used in Russian news, and an apparent new memo alleges the Russian government has requested media, including RT, to play his clip.
On Sunday, progressive news outlet Mother Jones reported on a memo alleging the Kremlin sent talking points to Russian media organizations requesting they use “as much” footage of Carlson “as possible,” noting his criticisms of the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).” – Newsweek
Spreading hate and racism
Carlson has faced a number of controversies in the past, with Fox News often coming to his defense. When Carlson was sued for defamation against Karen McDougal, the channel said his show serves as “opinion commentary” and is “not reasonably understood as being factual” in court.
After a man confronted Carlson at a Montana fishing ship, calling him “the worst human being” last year, the network issued a statement in his defense, writing: “Ambushing Tucker Carlson while he is in a store with his family is totally inexcusable—no public figure should be accosted regardless of their political persuasion or beliefs simply due to the intolerance of another point of view.”
The Anti-Defamation League called on the company to fire Carlson over comments about the “great replacement” theory. But Chief Executive Lachlan Murdoch defended Carlson, writing in a letter to the ADL: “A full review of the guest interview indicates that Mr. Carlson decried and rejected replacement theory. As Mr. Carlson himself stated during the guest interview: ‘White replacement theory? No, no, this is a voting rights question.’”
He also defended Carlson’s remarks about the COVID-19 vaccination, which experts have assailed as misinformation. – Newsweek
TakeAway: Don’t fall for Russian propaganda.
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