“They lie to their viewers and readers, and they do that mostly by omission.”
Tucker Carlson claims he’s interviewing Vladimir Putin because ‘Americans are not informed’ about the war in Ukraine – despite ‘paying for it in ways they don’t understand’
‘Western governments will certainly do their best to censor this video and other less principled platforms because that’s what they do,’
Tucker Carlson has confirmed he is in Moscow to interview Vladimir Putin – and he’s doing it because ‘Americans are not informed’ about the war in Ukraine.
The former Fox News host announced on X on Tuesday that he would be publishing an interview with the Russian despot, following widespread speculation after he was pictured leaving the Kremlin in Moscow on Monday.
Carlson, 54, said the interview would air ‘unedited’ on his website, without a paywall, and on X, making him the first American to interview Putin since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022.
‘Two years into a war that’s reshaping the entire world, most Americans are not informed,’ the conservative commentator said of the conflict in Ukraine. ‘They have no real idea what’s happening in this region. But they should know, they’re paying for much of it in ways they might not fully perceive.’
It’s not clear when Carlson’s video statement was taken or whether the interview has already happened. He did not say when the sit-down will air.
Russian state media outlet Sputnik aired footage on Monday which it said showed Carlson’s car leaving the Kremlin.
‘Americans have a right to know all they can about a war they’re implicated in,’ Carlson added in the four-minute clip taken in Moscow.
He went on to call the world’s English-language media corrupt, claiming they ‘lie to their readers and viewers’ and that ‘it is his duty to inform’ the public.
Carlson repeated the unconfirmed claim that the Biden administration illegally spied on him three years ago to stop him from interviewing Putin. He then claimed the federal government ‘did the same thing once again.’
‘But this time, we came to Moscow anyway,’ he said, adding that he paid for the trip himself, ‘and did not take money from any government or group.’
‘We are not here because we love Vladimir Putin. We are here because we love the United States and want it to remain prosperous and free,’ Carlson claimed.
The commentator also stated that Elon Musk had ‘promised not to suppress or block this interview.’
‘Western governments, by contrast, will certainly do their best to censor this video and other less principled platforms because that’s what they do,’ Carlson added.
Carlson reportedly arrived in the capital on February 1 and was spotted at a Spartacus performance in the Bolshoi Theatre.
Back in 2021, Carlson claimed the National Security Agency began ‘spying’ on him after he said he was trying to interview Putin.
Carlson said that his communications were intercepted by the NSA, and that his identity – which should by law have been kept a secret – was ‘unmasked’ by senior intelligence officials.
He claimed that the content of his emails and texts was then disseminated, in a bid to discredit him.
The conservative, who has defended Putin in the past, has opposed America’s support for Ukraine and suggested that the West is to blame for the invasion.
His show Tucker Carlson Tonight was once the most viewed cable news show in the US before it was taken off-air in April 2023.