Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson is in Moscow. Rumors are swirling that he could interview Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Carlson was spotted attending a performance of Spartacus at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. Evidently a smart propaganda move to appeal to millions of ignorant and intellectually impaired Westerners who romanticize Russia, yet don’t speak a word of Russian. Goebbels would have been proud, Mr. Carlson. No wonder you are being wined and dined by the Russian government.

So why are pro-Russian propagandists such as Tucker Carlson extremely dangerous?

Architects of mass brainwashing

You survive the atrocities in Bucha and then some American in a red cap tells you that Bucha is fake. What do you say to them? You survive a horrific Hamas attack and some smug Westerner tells you that Hamas fighters are actually freedom fighters. What do you say to someone like that?

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It’s the same deluded mentality and the same denial, only the names of the victims and perpetrators are different.

Even during World War II, a Polish diplomat called Jan Karski personally warned Franklin D. Roosevelt about the Holocaust but, apparently, the US President was more interested in the condition of Polish horses. To this day, there are those who don’t believe the Holocaust took place.

People like Carlson are the architects of mass brainwashing, propagandizing the intellectually impaired and the deluded across the world into believing that Ukrainians deserve to be wiped off the map for being Nazis.

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Barely anyone asks the question: If people like Carlson can demonize Ukrainians so easily, who’s to say other nations and groups won’t be next?

Carlson’s cheerleaders say that he is a real journalist who is only after the truth. They tout him as the anti-establishment guy, only beholden to the people, who doesn’t shy away from asking tough questions. The myth, as usual, is rather different from the truth.

Let’s face it. If Carlson does interview Putin, that interview is likely going to be a, ‘’Yes, Sir’’ interview by a Putin fan.

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Tough questions Putin is never going to hear

Can you imagine a different scenario in Russia – a world where even a rat can’t get close to Putin without his security knowing about it? Let’s suppose that, by some miracle, Carlson turns into a real journalist. These are the questions he would then be asking:

  • Even a week before the invasion, your government said that you’d never attack Ukraine. We know what happened next. How can anyone seriously negotiate with Russia?
  • Why do you believe atrocities carried out in towns such as Bucha are fake?
  • You talk about the aggressive West, yet your media constantly threatens the West with nuclear strikes. Don’t you find it contradictory?
  • Russian citizens are buying up all the apartments in Mariupol. How do you justify that?

Carlson’s arrogance is also his weakness

If Carlson’s interview with Putin actually goes ahead, Putin is going to use Carlson as a tool. The US journalist has a huge platform and Putin can’t wait to convert even more naive Westerners to the Russian cause, particularly when the US elections are just around the corner.

Carlson undoubtedly sees himself as an astute interviewer who knows how to make people drop their mask and reveal what they really think. Except, the Russian President is much more adept at deception than Carlson will ever be. Carlson likely thinks that he is in control. He isn’t. Russians seem to be playing him like a violin.

The Russian mind is a scary place

To the Russian mind, Carlson is a propaganda prop. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was told by Russians to interview a group of Ukrainian children kidnapped and russified by Moscow. There won’t be a gun pointed at the children from behind a camera, of course. Russians are just going to choose the properly propagandized children.

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Speaking of the Russian mind, I’ve often wondered if Russians really do think that atrocities such as those in Bucha are fake, or if they are simply afraid of the regime? To an extent, the latter may be true. But they seem to be more afraid of the truth – that they are criminals-by-proxy. Russians have mastered the art of denial, the double think and cognitive dissonance.

What’s the alternative? Looking in the mirror and asking: “Do I really support a criminal regime? What does that make me?” Most Russians aren’t ready to face such questions. When caught in a lie, psychopaths just invent another lie. That’s what most Russians do. They invent lie after lie, only to get lost in a maze of lies.

Russians will have to face these questions one day, even if that day is when they stand before God.

Only when Russians are capable of sincerely asking such questions, can we hope for a peaceful Russia capable of co-existing with others in the world. German guilt for the crimes of the Nazi regime is well-known. Yes, part of that guilt was imposed on them by the victors. I doubt that Russians are going to accept responsibility for anything unless they are forced to.

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Tucker the messiah

So, is Tucker Carlson delusional? He sure isn’t dumb. He seems to believe that he can reason with Russians and – in his grandiose mind – his journalistic prowess and platform can even help avoid World War III.

Money is important, sure, but he seems to be past that stage now. Carlson seems to have entered the messianic phase. And, with his platform shaping millions of minds across the world, his pro-Russian views are potentially dangerous for people like me who live on the eastern flank of NATO.

Is Carlson a quasi-Quisling, then? I don’t know. What I do know is that collaborators who carry water for the Kremlin don’t seem to realize that Russians don’t trust anyone and, when these collaborators are used and abused, they are discarded, sometimes eliminated.

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Joseph Swanson
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stalin / duranty + putin / carlson = same communist garbage.

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Joseph Swanson
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Coming to Fox..."The Greatest soviet american Hero" starring...tucker carlson.
Look at what's happened to me,
I can't believe it myself.
Suddenly I'm up on top of the world,
It should've been somebody else.

[Chorus:]
Believe it or not,
I'm walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free-
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it's just me.

Just like a light of a new day,
It hit me from out of the blue.
Breaking me out of the spell I was in,
Making all of my wishes come true.

Believe it or not,
I'm walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free-
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it's just me.

Full version continues:

This is too good to be true
Look at me falling for you

Believe It Or Not (4X)

(Repeat Chorus til fade...)

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Joseph Swanson
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carlson is #Stakhanovite His employer is... #ThePropagandaAndAgitationDepartment in moscow

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LM
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Let the interview happen. Anybody with a brain and over 30 years old knows Putin is the Tony Soprano of politics. Everything is a lie. I look forward to the interview. However if I was Tucker I would be a bit nervous about some Polonium tea in the future if Vladimir doesn't like the edit.
To the author of this column, Tucker is a Journalist. Way above your skills. I appreciate his deep dives. That he's on the wrong side of the Ukraine issue I'll give him a pass. I won't give Biden a pass. If he had some balls and understood deterrence Vladimir would of not invaded in 2022. Same with Obama in 14.

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Carl Sanderson
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Tucker Carlson is an outstanding journalist. All you haters can fuck off! Needle dick motherfuckers go read The NY Times or some other piece of shit.

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Coach John
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From the story: "The US journalist has a huge platform ..." This American commenter would respond, "Uhhh ... not so. Carlson HAD a huge platform. Today, not so much."
Fox News in America has a tried-and-true reputation of having hosts with tens of millions of viewers who are fired for cause (Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly) or leave for other opportunities (Megyn Kelly), only to disappear from the media landscape and into podcast obscurity.
Carlson, who had previously been fired by the two other major American news-cable networks (CNN and MSNBC) was fired by Fox after his incessant lies were directed at Dominion Voting Systems, a company that received so much reputational harm from Carlson's lies that his employer had to shell out nearly $800 million to settle the lawsuit between the two companies.
Let me assure our Ukrainian friends and their allies - Carlson is a blabbering hairdo. His interview with Putin will get one day of coverage in the American news cycle blanketed with blistering criticism, then will disappear. Americans are thinking about Valentine's Day plans and the upcoming Superbowl American football game. Carlson's upcoming interview with Putin is not on anyone's radar in the USA.

John
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@Coach John, Well researched / substantiated comment....very interesting to learn of his backstory and also some of the other less savvy sensationalist talking heads Fox and other US media have in the past fired. Thanks.

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Stockholm
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@Coach John, I've spoken with 5 fellow Americans so far about this interview. All of them, including myself say we want to hear Putin. We're not fools, and understand perfectly well who invaded who. I am firmly in the Ukrainian camp in this conflict.

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Stockholm
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A joke of a column. This publication is primarily a propaganda piece.
Carlson is a journalist. He's doing his job. Dangerously, for sure... Americans in Russia sometimes don't come out when they want to. I wouldn't be broken hearted if that happened to him however.

John
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@Stockholm, Apparently TC's job is to spread lies. Who for was the question, but me thinks we have a good idea now after his well received trip to russia.. We all know what happens to credible journalists when they report truth in russia. Tucker in contrast will probably leave with some nice monetary 'gifts'.

As Coach John notes, this dirtbag's knowingly spreading lies, cost his former employer Fox $800 million. Of course being a network generally comfortable with such practices it took a court case to get them to admit it and pay up. Glad to see the deceitful media folks eventually get the shaft they deserve. "podcast obscurity" seems a generous end for such lying scum in my opinion particularly when one considers broadcasting such lies was key to trumps fomenting the January 6th insurrection to overthrow the USA's the legally elected president.

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ron
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Shows you how "democratic" Ukraine and America are when they want to censor opposing views. Democracy is a front, for a secretive money-purchased government. Soon Ukraine will become like America if it doesn't cut off from USA.

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Imokru2
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“Fox News Anchor” That’s when I stopped reading and went to “Comments”. Carlson was fired from Fox many months ago.

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Steve G.
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Carlson, just like every other Fox News commentator throughout history (most of whom end up getting fired), relies on the ignorance of their audience. Most of their viewers lack the first hand knowledge and experience to have the ability to think critically about what they’re being told.

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