Geez, from the way the left is reacting, you’d think Tucker Carlson was doing an imitation of the New York Times‘ Walter Duranty, and slobbering over a Russian dictator and whitewashing the scene. Oh, wait. . .
It’s pretty clear that the mainstream media is angry at Carlson because he didn’t get their permission to interview Putin, and moreover won’t agree to stick with the approved narrative.
I haven’t had time to take in the whole interview, but one thing is obvious from brief samples: the reports last year that Putin was seriously ill, or losing his grip, are plainly wrong. This appears to be someone in full command of his faculties and outlook, unlike a certain other head of state we can name.
Before Tucker’s interview I made this suggestion on Twitter:
So I am glad to see he did exactly this:
Tucker asks Putin about jailed WSJ journalist pic.twitter.com/SjPMutFJBP
— Tucker Carlson Network (@TCNetwork) February 8, 2024
The full exchange is longer than this clip, and shows that Tucker went after Putin hard about this:
I wonder if any network news reporter would have been as dogged about the issue as Tucker.