Tucker Carlson Just Made It Official With Monumental Announcement!

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Ever since he interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this year, which attracted millions of viewers, Tucker Carlson has been taking his budding media empire to new heights.

The former Fox News star is set to debut his own program on a state-run Russian television station, according to Newsweek. Local media sources state that the first episode of the news channel Russia 24 is currently accessible online. According to the newspaper Rossiskya Gazyeta, Tucker Carlson Network, his own channel and this enterprise are collaborating on a project wherein the conservative anchor will speak with prominent figures and politicians who hold “alternative views to the mainstream.”

The liberal news site The Daily Beast mocked the announcement in its editorial, pointing out that the majority of the show “Tucker. Rossiya 24” is comprised of interviews Carlson has conducted for his own shows on X and his website, but with a Russian voiceover. Under the chyron “ticks–nuclear weapons for the poor,” Carlson discusses his views on the spread of Lyme disease as a “bioweapon” in the most recent episode. American audiences were able to watch the episode’s premiere on May 10.

Additional footage available on the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company website features brief excerpts of Carlson endorsing Russia, denouncing Ukraine, or generally adopting stances that align with those of Putin. Carlson criticized the American media for rejecting Putin’s viewpoint during a February visit to the Kremlin, claiming that mainstream media outlets are supporting Ukraine while neoliberal war hawks in both parties keep pressing for an unending supply of cash for the nation’s conflict with Russia. Carlson “has actively criticized U.S. authorities for helping Ukraine since the start of the [war],” according to the show’s description. The publication further notes that Carlson was included to a well-known database of “enemies of Ukraine.”

In February, Carlson granted access to Russia 24 for a comprehensive interview in which the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, accused the United States of destroying a domestic oil pipeline between Russia and Germany in 2022. Prior to this, Carlson had denied knowledge of Russia 24’s plans to broadcast his content domestically.

“Did you have evidence that NATO or CIA did it?” Carlson asked. “You know, I won’t get into details, but people always say in such cases, look for someone who is interested. But in this case, we should not only look for someone who is interested, but also for someone who has capabilities, because there may be many people interested but not all of them are capable of sinking to the bottom of the Baltic Sea and carrying out this explosion. These two components should be connected,” Putin answered.

Putin expressed his amazement that Carlson hadn’t acted more assertively after the interview.

“To be honest, I thought he would be more aggressive and ask tough questions,” Putin said of the two-hour interview. “I was just not prepared for that. I wanted that, because it would have given me the opportunity to respond sharply. Which, in my opinion, would have added certain specificity to the conversation,” he continued.

“But he chose a different tactic.”

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