TUCKER Carlson’s interview with the Russian Premier, Vladimir Putin, marks the first time a Western journalist has interviewed the Russian leader since the country invaded Ukraine. It has caused a furore. Carlson has been slammed as a traitor. He’s been threatened with sanctions by EU lawmakers for taking this initiative.
But in between the MSM venting their fury on Carlson, others have praised him. At TCW we agree with Robert Kennedy Junior who said he had ‘every right’ to speak to Putin. As he says: ‘The legacy media is in shambles because we’ve caught on to their lies and propaganda. We need more transparency instead of less. It used to be understood that journalists would interview world leaders, even those with whom we were at war.‘ No longer apparently.
Here you can see Carlson’s own justification for his interview. As ever the proof is the pudding. By that I mean how he conducts the interview shows whether or not he can be accused of being Putin’s puppet as his critics have claimed.
I watched the whole interview last night. Tucker is polite but firm and incisive. He is not deferential. He interrupts and asks tough direct questions. He vindicates himself.
You can read the full transcript here.
What follows is Tucker’s opening explanation of Putin’s history lesson, which is how the interview starts.
‘The following is an interview with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. Shot February 6th, 2024, at about 7 pm in the building behind us, which is, of course, the Kremlin. The interview, as you will see if you watch it, is primarily about the war in progress, the war in Ukraine, how it started, what’s happening, and most pressingly how it might end. One note before you watch. At the beginning of the interview, we asked the most obvious question, which is why did you do this? Did you feel a threat, an imminent physical threat, and that’s your justification. And the answer we got shocked us. Putin went on for a very long time, probably half an hour, about the history of Russia going back to the eighth century. And honestly, we thought this was a filibustering technique and found it annoying and interrupted him several times, and he responded. He was annoyed by the interruption. But we concluded in the end, for what it’s worth, that it was not a filibustering technique. There was no time limit on the interview. We ended it after more than two hours. Instead, what you’re about to see seemed to us sincere whether you agree with it or not. Vladimir Putin believes that Russia has a historic claim to parts of western Ukraine. So our opinion would be to view it in that light as a sincere expression of what he thinks. And with that, here it is.
You can watch the full two hours here:
This is a helpful time line:
Putin gives a history of Russia & Ukraine
NATO & Bill Clinton
What triggered this conflict?
A peaceful solution?
Who blew up the Nord Stream pipelines?
Re-establishing communication with the US
How powerful is Zelensky?
Elon Musk & AI
Imprisoned American journalist Evan Gershkovich