Russian-backed TV broadcasts Tucker Carlson’s pro-Putin monologue

Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s continued defense of Russia has now made its way into this country with a state-backed television network airing an excerpt from Carlson’s monologue on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The monologue, in which Carlson, the host of Tucker Carlson tonight, asks why Americans should hate Putin, airing this week on RT, an international television channel controlled and funded by the Russian government. The channel is often considered a major source of Russian propaganda.

Carlson’s monologue aired on RT Wednesday with Russian subtitles. In addition to the cable broadcast, an article about Carlson’s speech was also posted on RT’s website.

“The Washington Democrats told you it was your patriotic duty to hate Vladimir Putin,” Carlson said during his speech. “Anything less than hating Putin is treason… hating Putin has become the central goal of American foreign policy.”

“Very soon, this hatred of Vladimir Putin could drag the United States into a conflict in Eastern Europe,” Carlson continued. “Before that happens, it might be worth asking…why do I hate Putin so much?”

“Has Putin ever called me a racist? Did he threaten to fire me for disagreeing with him?” Carlson asked rhetorically. “Did he send all the middle-class jobs from my town to Russia? Did he fabricate a global pandemic?

“Vladimir Putin didn’t do any of that, so why does permanent Washington hate him so much?” asked Carlson.

“But Joe Biden loves Ukraine, so Putin is bad, war is good,” Carlson said.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s monologue defending Russian President Vladimir Putin aired on the state-backed RT network after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here the RT logo can be seen.
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After RT broadcast Carlson’s monologue, the speech was picked up by a number of other Russian news services.

Deadline Hollywood reported that another Russian state news agency, Sputnik News, referenced Carlson’s speech in an article on its website titled “Tucker Carlson criticizes Biden for focusing on Putin, Ukraine instead of American domestic problems”.

The article claimed that the economic sanctions imposed by President Joe Biden in retaliation for the Russian invasion would “result in negative consequences for the American people.”

Carlson’s speech reflected earlier sentiments he had expressed regarding Russia and Putin. On Wednesday night, as the invasion of Ukraine began, Carlson called the country “a pure client state of the United States Department of State.”

While a number of other Fox News hosts, including Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity, have also questioned the United States’ role in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin, pushed back against the claim that the violence in Ukraine was President Biden’s fault.

“How we got to this point is a long story, and it predates the Biden administration,” Griffin said during Monday’s episode of Hannity’s eponymous show. “This includes the mistakes made by all American presidents since the Soviet Union collapsed.”

Newsweek contacted Fox News for comment.

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