Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently conducted a two-hour interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, marking the first time the Russian leader has been interviewed by a Western journalist since the invasion of Ukraine.
Carlson emphasized the importance of informing the public about the Russo-Ukrainian War, stating that Americans have the right to know about a conflict in which they are implicated.
“We are in journalism [and] our duty is to inform people,” Carlson said.
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He highlighted the need for balanced coverage and expressed the view that Putin believes Russia has a historic claim to parts of western Ukraine.
“Most Americans have no idea why Putin invaded Ukraine or what his goals are now. We are not here because we love Vladimir Putin…We are not encouraging you to agree with what Putin may say in this interview, but we are urging you to watch it. You should know as much as you can,” he said.
“Americans have a right to know all they can about a war they’re implicated in, and we have the right to tell them about it,” Carlson stated.
“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,” he said.
“So our opinion would be to view it in that light as a sincere expression of what he thinks,” Carlson said.
The interview has sparked controversy, and there are concerns about potential backlash, including the possibility of a travel ban by the European Union.