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Tucker Carlson, the former Fox News host, has announced that he will be interviewing Russian President Vladimir Putin. This will be Putin's first interview with a Western journalist since Russia's attack on Ukraine in 2022. Carlson, who has been critical of the US's involvement in the region, claims that Western media outlets are corrupt and have not adequately covered the impacts of the war. He urges viewers to watch the interview and make their own judgments.
"We are not encouraging you to agree with what Putin may say in this interview. But we are urging you to watch it. You should know as much as you can. And then, like a free citizen and not a slave, you can decide for yourself."
Carlson's criticisms extend to the media companies in the West, whom he accuses of lying to their readers and viewers, particularly by omitting important information. He believes that the impacts of the war are not being properly understood by English-speaking countries, which could have significant consequences for the global and US economy. Carlson states, "We are not here because we love Vladimir Putin. We are here because we love the United States, and we want it to remain prosperous and free."
"Their media outlets are corrupt. They lie to their readers and viewers, and they do that mostly by omission. We are not here because we love Vladimir Putin. We are here because we love the United States, and we want it to remain prosperous and free."