After receiving backlash for daring to travel to Moscow to talk with one of the most controversial figures on the world stage, Carlson released a pre-interview statement to explain why he felt it necessary to speak face-to-face with Putin.
"Our duty is to inform people," Carlson says. "Two years into a war that's reshaping the entire world, most Americans are not informed. They have no real idea what's happening in this region, here in Russia or 600 miles away in Ukraine. But they should know – they're paying for much of it in ways they might not fully yet perceive."
Describing the war in Ukraine as a "human disaster" due to the hundreds of thousands of people there who have thus far died, most of them young Ukrainians, Carlson wants Americans everywhere to know that the long-term effects of what is transpiring will be massive.
The war in Ukraine has "utterly reshaped the global military and trade alliances" as well as "upended the world economy," Carlson explained. The post-World War II Bretton Woods economic order is also "coming apart very fast," as is "the dominance of the U.S. dollar."
(Related: According to Putin, the U.S. dollar is done for and will soon lose world dominance as the currency standard for international trade.)
In the two years since the war in Ukraine began, not a single prominent Western media outlet has conducted an honest, hard-hitting interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This is because Zelensky is a darling of Western globalists who never gets questioned about anything, even as U.S. taxpayer monies flow into his coffers.
"That is not journalism," Carlson says about the curated, softball "interviews" conducted by Western media with Zelensky. Carlson says these so-called "interviews" are really just "prep sessions" with a clear pro-Zelensky agenda.
"Our politicians and media outlets have been doing this, promoting a foreign leader like he's a new consumer brand," Carlson laments. "Not a single Western journalist has bothered to interview the president of the other country involved in this conflict, Vladimir Putin."
"Most Americans have no idea why Putin invaded Ukraine, or what his goals are now. They've never heard his voice. That's wrong. 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 because we are Americans, too."
On a previous occasion when Carlson attempted to interview Putin, he later found out from a Washington, D.C., source that the National Security Agency (NSA) started spying on him as if he was some kind of threat to the nation.
"The NSA broke into my Signal account, which I didn't know they could do," Carlson said at the time.
Carlson further explained that the reason his Washington source even knew about his plans to interview Putin the previous time is because the NSA hacked his account and relayed the information from Carlson's private Signal conversation to others on the hill.
When asked why he carried on in pursuing an interview with Putin anyway, Carlson explained that he and his crew "love the United States and want it to remain prosperous and free." In response, numerous members of the U.S. Congress are calling Carlson a "traitor," as if conducting a simple interview is betraying the country.
Why I'm interviewing Vladimir Putin. pic.twitter.com/hqvXUZqvHX
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) February 6, 2024
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