Putin's Press Secretary Corrects Tucker Carlson's Assertion That No Other Western Journalist Bothered To Interview Russian Leader

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/07/2024
Tucker Carlson's unfounded assertion that no Western journalists had attempted to interview Vladimir Putin has essentially resulted in the Russian President's press secretary calling Carlson a liar.

In a video uploaded on Tuesday, former Fox News anchor and potential internet influencer Tucker Carlson said that he was in Moscow for an interview with the war criminal who is allegedly to blame for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in Ukraine. A softball interview with Putin seems predictable given Carlson's lengthy history of criticism for being a Putin apologist, yet it is nonetheless abhorrent in the eyes of Carlson's detractors.

"Not a single Western journalist has bothered to interview the president of the other countries participating in this crisis, Vladimir Putin," was one of Carlson's numerous baseless allegations in his four-minute film. Christiane Amanpour of CNN and several other foreign journalists successfully called nonsense.

Carlson's statements were so ludicrous that Dmitry Peskov corrected him. "Mr. Carlson is not right, but he could not have known that," the veteran Putin press secretary said to the New York Times. "We get a lot of requests to speak with the president in interviews."

The Carlson interview, according to the New York Times, was an obvious jab at American conservatives: Putin's attempt to directly appeal to American conservatives comes as U.S. assistance to Ukraine is in jeopardy. The Kremlin announced on Wednesday that Tucker Carlson, the former anchor of Fox News, had conducted an interview with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.

According to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri S. Peskov, Mr. Carlson did the interview on Tuesday. He did not specify the release date. In light of Congress's upcoming vote on a $60 billion assistance package to defend Ukraine against Putin's military invasion, Carlson spoke with Putin.


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