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VIVA, Tucker!

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By sitting down and having a prolonged, meaningful, televised, face-to-face discussion with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Tucker Carlson likely delayed global nuclear war.

Of course, the War Party in Washington, D.C., and its lackeys in the mainstream media are crucifying Tucker to no end. You see, Tucker Carlson did the unthinkable (and unpardonable): He conducted a televised interview with the second most powerful leader in the world without the controls and restraints of the Deep State. He went off the reservation. He allowed Mr. Putin to talk freely and directly to the American people. And the War Party guardians of discourse were helpless to stop it.

It has been decades since a majority of the American people have been able to hear or see unfettered, unrestrained, uncontrolled, unscripted, truthful news reporting. Decades! Tucker Carlson tore down the media's Iron Curtain.

VIVA, Tucker!

Dr. Ron Paul:

There has been much written and said about Tucker Carlson's interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. As of this writing the video on Twitter alone has been viewed nearly 200 million times, making it likely the most-viewed news event in history.

Many millions of viewers who may not have had access to the other side of the story were informed that the Russia/Ukraine military conflict did not begin in 2022, as the mainstream media continuously reports, but in fact began eight years earlier with a US-backed coup in Ukraine. The US media does not report this because they don't want Americans to begin questioning our interventionist foreign policy. They don't want Americans to see that our government meddling in the affairs of other countries – whether by "color revolution," sanctions, or bombs – has real and deadly consequences to those on the receiving end of our foreign policy.

To me, however, perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Tucker Carlson interview with Putin was the US mainstream media reaction. As Putin himself said during the interview, "in the world of propaganda, it's very difficult to defeat the United States." Even a casual look at the US mainstream media's reporting before and after the interview would show how correct he is about that. In the days and weeks before the interview, the US media was filled with stories about how horrible it was that Tucker Carlson was interviewing the Russian president. There was the danger, they all said, that Putin might spread "disinformation."

That Putin might say something to put his country in a better light was, they were saying, reason enough to not interview him. With that logic, why have journalism at all? Everyone interviewed by journalists – certainly every world leader – will attempt to paint a rosy picture. The job of a journalist in a free society should be to do the reporting and let the people decide. But somehow that has been lost. These days the mainstream media tells you what to think and you better not dispute it or you will be cancelled!

What the US mainstream media was really worried about was that the "other side of the story" might start to ring true with the public. So they attacked the messenger.

The CNN reporting on Tucker's interview pretty much sums up the reaction across the board of the US mainstream media. Their headline read, "Tucker Carlson is in Russia to interview Putin. He's already doing the bidding of the Kremlin."

By merely doing what used to be called "journalism" – interviewing and reporting on people and events, whether good or bad – one is "doing the bidding" of the subject of the interview or report?

No wonder fellow journalist Julian Assange has been locked away in a gulag for so many years. He dared to assume that in a free society, being a journalist means reporting the good, the bad, and the ugly even if it puts those in power in a bad light.

In the end, the massive success of the Tucker Carlson interview with Vladimir Putin demonstrates once and for all that the American people are sick to death of their mainstream media propagandists and liars. They are looking not for government narratives, but for truth. That's the really good news about this interview.

VIVA, Tucker!

CitizenWatchReport.com:

This week, the biggest news story in the entire world is Tucker Carlson's interview with Vladimir Putin.  Honestly, it was kind of a bizarre interview, and you can watch it for yourself below.  But I give Tucker Carlson a ton of credit for going to Russia and sitting down with Putin.  I think that the real reason he did this is because he wanted to see for himself if there is any hope of avoiding a cataclysmic conflict between our two nations.  Every day we get even closer to the unthinkable, and so it would make sense for both sides to pursue a peaceful way out of this mess.  But at this point the western elite are not interested in peace, and they don't want any talk of peace in the media.  So they are going to great lengths to discredit Tucker Carlson's interview with Putin, because they don't want their carefully crafted narratives to be disrupted.

Michael is right: "The western elite are not interested in peace, and they don't want any talk of peace in the media." That's why I said at the beginning of this column:

By sitting down and having a prolonged, meaningful, televised, face-to-face discussion with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Tucker Carlson likely delayed global nuclear war.

VIVA, Tucker!

Carlson, himself, gave a brief follow-up review of his interview with Putin to RT.com. Here are a few of Carlson's takeaways:

Putin the diplomat

Carlson did say that Putin seemed willing to negotiate with the West about both the end of the Ukraine conflict and a new balance of power in the world. Diplomacy is the art of compromise, and almost everyone "other than maybe the United States during the unipolar period" understands this, Carlson said. But while Putin wants the conflict to end, his position will only harden the longer it goes on, he added.

NATO and Russia

Since the entire point of NATO was to keep the Soviet Union out of Western Europe, Carlson said in Dubai, "if the Russians ask to join the alliance, that would suggest you have solved the problem and you can move on to do something constructive with your life. But we refused."

"Go sit in the sauna for an hour and think about what that means," he added.

The problem with Western politicians

Politicians in the West aren't setting themselves "achievable" goals, Carlson has argued.

"I have heard personally US government officials say well we just have to return Crimea to Ukraine," he said. "That's not going to happen, short of a nuclear war. That's insane, actually."

Even bringing up this kind of idea "shows you are a child, you don't understand the area at all, and you have no real sense of what's possible," the journalist concluded.

It's always Munich 1938

According to Carlson, one of the biggest issues in the US and the West in general is the tendency to reduce everything to the 1938 Munich conference, at which Britain and France sought to "appease" Nazi Germany by giving it a portion of Czechoslovakia.

"The American policymaker historical template is tiny – in fact there's only one – and it's a 2-year period in the late 1930s, and everything is based on that understanding of history and human nature. That's insane," Carlson said. 

How Moscow 'radicalized' him

Carlson pointed out that he's 54 and grew up in an America that had nice, safe and beautiful cities, "and we no longer have them."

It was "radicalizing" to see Moscow "cleaner, safer and prettier" than American cities, he said, or be reminded of that in Dubai and Abu Dhabi – while in the US, one can't ride the subway in New York City because it's dirty and unsafe.

Reacting to the backlash

Asked why he hadn't raised certain topics with Putin, Carlson said he wanted to do the interview because he was interested in how the Russian leader saw the world – and not to inject himself into the discussion.

Most journalists who interview leaders the US dislikes tend to make it about themselves, Carlson added, and since he only cared about the approval of his wife and their children, he didn't need to virtue-signal.

Asked to comment on former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton calling him a "useful idiot" for Russia, Carlson laughed it off.

"She's a child, I don't listen to her," he said. "How's Libya doing?"

VIVA, Tucker!

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the interview for me personally was something that was so blatantly obvious—and something of which I have heard no one else discuss: Vladimir Putin has more brain power than Joe Biden (DUH!), Donald Trump and the entire U.S. Congress combined.

Because of America's controlled media, most of us Americans have never once had an opportunity to watch and listen to Mr. Putin in any sort of unrestricted and elongated discussion. It was obvious from the opening five minutes of the interview that Putin is SMART—DANG SMART!

I think Putin caught Tucker a little off guard at the beginning of the interview, and for an obvious reason: Tucker is accustomed to interviewing America's shallow, shortsighted, self-absorbed STUPID politicians. When you sit down with a real scholar, you're in another universe.

This reminded me that there are some really smart people on the other side of the world, people that our inept American politicians and news media don't want to talk to—at least not publicly. Now, it's easy to see why they don't want to engage in any kind of lengthy public discussion with these folks. They will make our pathetic politicians and journalists look like the imbeciles they really are.

They also might cause the American people to ask, "Tell us again why we have to fight so many of these stupid, unnecessary wars?"

Like Putin or not, agree with anything Putin said or not, Tucker Carlson had the guts to defy the entire Deep State elite and do what America's journalists are supposed to do: sit down with world leaders—even those on the other side—and have sincere, meaningful, public discussions. As most intelligent people know, sincere, meaningful, public discussions between nations are a necessary component of peace.

I think Michael at Citizen Watch Report might have said it best:

The western elite are not interested in peace, and they don't want any talk of peace in the media.  So they are going to great lengths to discredit Tucker Carlson's interview with Putin, because they don't want their carefully crafted narratives to be disrupted.

Truth!

Since G. W. Bush and Benjamin Netanyahu's "war on terror" doctrine was implemented at the turn of this century, the American government has been nothing more than an international "war state." The victims of our unconstitutional, illegal, immoral and unjust "war on terror" would probably call Washington, D.C., a "terror state."

I'll say it one more time:

By sitting down and having a prolonged, meaningful, televised, face-to-face discussion with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Tucker Carlson likely delayed global nuclear war.

VIVA, Tucker!

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