Putin’s propaganda machine says Tucker Carlson’s interview with Russian president will ‘blow up’ US election as elites are ‘stupid’: fired Fox host says he aims to ‘inform’ Americans about Ukraine war they pay for – and Musk vows NOT to ‘block’ the chat
Vladimir Putin’s propagandists have predicted that Tucker Carlson’s interview with the Russian president will ‘blow up’ the United States, with one commenting: ‘God willing, there will be a civil war!’
Carlson announced on Tuesday that he was in Moscow to speak with Putin, and claimed that other Western journalists had not “bothered” to speak to Russia’s leader.
Carlson, who has hosted a provocative chat show on X since being fired by Fox News, said the social media site’s owner, Elon Musk, had promised to air the interview in full on his platform.
Russia’s state media were jubilant at the ‘revelations’ they expected to come.
“If Tucker dares to broadcast this interview in the United States, it will first of all blow up their information blockade from within,” political scientist Sergey Mikheyev said, according to an analysis of Russian media by The Daily Beast.
Tucker Carlson Announces He Interviewed Vladimir Putin Because ‘Americans Are Not Informed’ About The War In Ukraine
Political scientist Sergey Mikheyev said Monday night that Carlson’s interview with Putin would “blow up the information blockade” in the United States
Mikheyev, the website said, predicted that Putin’s interview would be more interesting than anything said by American politicians.
He added that both the Democratic and Republican elites are “uninteresting and stupid,” and said Carlson’s interview would have some “interesting” consequences when released to an ignorant American public.
The host of the show, The Evening With Vladimir Solovyov, added: ‘It will blow them to pieces!’
Mikheyev said hopefully: ‘God willing, there will be a civil war!’
Russian state media fixated on covering Carlson’s interview in his home country, with montages of CNN and MSNBC discussing the trip.
They showed footage of Carlson at the restaurant of his hotel with his team, and arriving at the airport. They shared pictures of him at a theater and said his trip to Moscow was probably a revelation.
Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson (center), 54, was spotted attending a Spartacus performance at the Bolshoi Theater in the Russian capital, according to media reports in Russia.
A photo of Carlson appears to show him at a Spartacus performance at the Bolshoi Theater
Alexei Venediktov, former editor of Ekho Moskvy radio station, tweeted: ‘As I understand it, Tucker Carlson got what he wanted.’
One talk show host, Evgeny Popov, said Carlson “charged his smartphone via a USB port and connected to fast and free Wi-Fi internet.”
He added: ‘American citizens cannot even dream of such wonders of civilization.’
Carlson, meanwhile, boasted that he was the only journalist curious enough to want to hear Putin’s views.
Steve Rosenberg, the BBC’s veteran Moscow correspondent, replied to X: ‘Interesting to hear @TuckerCarlson claim that ‘no Western journalist has bothered to interview Putin since the invasion of Ukraine. We have made several requests to the Kremlin over the past 18 months. Always a ‘no’ for us.’
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour tweeted: ‘Does Tucker really think our journalists aren’t trying to interview President Putin every day since his full scale invasion of Ukraine? This is absurd — we will continue to ask for an interview, just as we have for years now.’
Others pointed out that two American journalists – Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich and Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty editor Alsu Kurmasheva – are both in prison for reporting in Russia.
And while Putin is known to avoid interviews with Western outlets, interviews sometimes do happen.
Putin is seen talking to Megyn Kelly in June 2017
Putin is pictured talking to Fox News host Chris Wallace in 2018
Putin spoke to NBC’s Keir Simmons in 2021: his most recent interview with Western media
In 2017, Putin spoke to Megyn Kelly for NBC News, and again the following year; Chris Wallace won Fox News its first Emmy nomination for its 2018 Putin interview. In June 2021, Putin spoke with NBC’s Keir Simmons.
He has not given any interviews with Western media since he invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
Carlson has made no secret of his desire to interview Putin, whom he has frequently praised as a strong leader.
In July 2021, Carlson said he was trying to arrange an interview with Putin when he was “spyed upon by the NSA.”
The then-Fox News host said his communications were intercepted by the National Security Agency, and his identity — which was required by law to be kept secret — was “unmasked” by senior intelligence officials. Carlson claimed that the contents of his emails and texts were then circulated in an attempt to discredit him.
“Late this spring I contacted a couple of people who I thought could help get an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin,” Carlson told his viewers.
“I haven’t told anyone I’m doing it except my executive producer, Justin Wells,” Carlson said.
“But the Biden administration found out anyway by reading my emails.”
The NSA took the highly unusual step of denying his claim, but Carlson insisted that his emails were intercepted.
Carlson promised Tuesday night that his interview with Putin would be revealing.
He said he was doing this because ‘Americans were not informed’ about the war Ukraine.
“Two years into a war that is reshaping the entire world, most Americans are not informed,” the conservative commentator said of the conflict in Ukraine.
“They have no real idea what is happening in this region. But they have to know, they’re paying for a lot of it in ways they may not fully see.’
He did not say when the sit-down will air.
Carlson would be the first American to interview Putin since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022
On Monday, Russian state media Sputnik broadcast footage it said showed Carlson’s car leaving the Kremlin.
“Americans have a right to know everything they can about a war they are involved in,” Carlson added in the four-minute clip shot in Moscow.
He went on to call the world’s English-language media corrupt, claiming that they ‘lie to their readers and viewers’ and that ‘it is its duty to inform the public’.
Carlson repeated the unconfirmed claim that the Biden administration illegally spied on him three years ago to prevent him from interviewing Putin. He then claimed the federal government had ‘done the same thing again’.
“But this time we came to Moscow anyway,” he said, adding that he paid for the trip himself, “and didn’t take money from any government or group.”
“We are not here because we love Vladimir Putin. We are here because we love the United States and want it to remain prosperous and free,’ Carlson asserted.
The commenter also said Elon Musk “promised not to suppress or block this interview.”
“Western governments, on the other hand, will certainly do their best to censor this video and other less principled platforms because that’s what they do,” Carlson added.