Russian state channel announced Tucker Carlson's show: the host himself denies everything
The Russian state channel Rossiya 24 aired an advertisement for a show by American host Tucker Carlson, known for his extremely conservative views and sharp criticism of Western support for Ukraine. Tucker Carlson himself, in an interview with the Financial Times, claims that he has no information about this event. The publication told in more detail with the BBC.
The promotional trailer presented by Russian television does not specify in what format it will present Carlson's show. It has not been announced whether he will create exclusive content for the channel, or whether it will be translations of his regular videos in English, which he often posts on social networks.
The trailer shows old televisions showing Carlson repeatedly saying the word "Russia" with different intonations. At the end of the trailer, the slogan appears: “The sensational American presenter takes it to another level. Here". The trailer ends with the symbols of the Russia 24 channel, combined with the logo of Carlson’s show.
The video was originally shown on Russian television in mid-September and then again on September 22, with the words "over the weekend" added, but without any additional details.
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However, on September 22, Carlson told a journalist from the British newspaper Financial Times that he had no information about Russia 24’s plans to broadcast his program.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” he wrote to the publication’s correspondent Max Seddon. — I’ve never heard of this, nor of the channel itself. Of course, I will not broadcast on Russian television. This is absurd."
And then he added: “I haven’t seen it and I don’t have the slightest idea what we’re talking about. This is just another piece of Russian-related bullshit. There’s so much I just can’t keep track of.”
Who is Tucker Carlson
From the beginning of 2016 until 2023, Tucker Carlson was one of the most popular hosts on the American conservative television channel Fox News, and his show occupied the top lines of television ratings.
The American presenter's remarks often played a significant role in shaping the position of conservative audiences and the Republican Party on key issues facing the United States.
However, in the spring of 2023, Carlson abruptly left Fox News. This comes shortly after the network agreed to pay $787 million to electronic voice systems manufacturer Dominion.
The company sued the TV channel for libel because in his broadcasts Carlson repeatedly discussed unsubstantiated claims that electronic voting results were allegedly rigged in favor of Joe Biden, Donald Trump's rival in the presidential election.
After leaving the Fox News Channel, Tucker Carlson began releasing his show on the social network X (formerly known as Twitter).
What does he say about Putin and the war in Ukraine
Carlson holds populist and conservative views, actively criticizes modern political correctness and regularly comments on current topics such as immigration, crime, gender and race relations, and sexuality.
Following the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, Carlson repeatedly broadcast controversial statements made by Moscow regarding the Ukrainian authorities.
In one of his shows, he stated: “As the situation becomes very serious, it is worth asking yourself the question: what is the matter? Why do I hate Putin so much? Did Putin call me a racist? Did he threaten to fire me because I didn't agree with him? Or maybe he took all the jobs for the middle class people in my city to Russia?”
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As the Financial Times notes, Carlson has recently described the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a “regime change war” being waged by the United States against Russia. He repeated statements by Russian authorities about the existence of American biological laboratories in Ukraine and accused Washington of sabotaging the Nord Stream gas pipeline.
It is clear why such statements resonate with Russian television channels, which have recently quoted Carlson several times in their programs.
It is also worth noting the presence of a YouTube channel called KarlsonTV, which has regularly published translations of some of Karlson’s programs into Russian over the past five years and has more than a million subscribers.
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