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During a lengthy conversation with Tucker Carlson, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed unfounded and conspiratorial beliefs, while Carlson offered little pushback or challenge. At moments, it seemed Carlson was gearing up to challenge Putin, but ultimately he conceded points and appeared to agree with Putin on certain matters. One example is when Putin blamed the US for the explosion of the Nord Stream gas pipeline, and Carlson seemed to concur. Additionally, when Carlson asked about the release of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, Putin insisted that Gershkovich was not just a journalist, despite claims from the US State Department and the Wall Street Journal that he is being wrongly held.
Over two hours and six minutes, Carlson provided Putin a platform to push baseless narratives - at times assisting with the effort.
Carlson's friendly stance towards Russia has become more pronounced in recent years, with him questioning US support for Ukraine. This interview further showcases his willingness to provide a platform for Putin's views without much challenge or scrutiny. The interview highlights the dangers of giving prominent figures a platform to present unfounded and conspiratorial beliefs without proper fact-checking or pushback.
Carlson, who promoted the interview as an antidote to what he described as 'corrupt' media, offered little pushback.