Headline RoundupFebruary 9th, 2024

What Did Tucker Carlson's Interview with Vladimir Putin Reveal?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

What did Tucker Carlson’s interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin reveal about the state of Russia and the future of the war in Ukraine?

For Context: On Thursday, Carlson (Right bias) released an interview with Putin, marking the President’s first interview with a Western journalist since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

Putin’s “Sturdy Soapbox”: In MSNBC (Left bias), a former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI argued Carlson was granted the interview because of “Putin’s keen awareness that Carlson isn’t a journalist. Real journalists ask hard questions of powerful people.” Carlson provided Putin a “sturdy soapbox from which to ramble unimpeded for over two hours.” The writer determined Putin chose to do the interview now to “make his case to U.S. lawmakers who are on the fence about America’s protracted role in Ukraine” and potentially signal “that he’s willing to talk” about peace negotiations.

Putin’s “Historical Revisionism”: Noah Rothman (Lean Right bias) argued the interview showcased the “Russian president’s historical revisionism.” Refuting a number of claims made by Putin during the interview, Rothman remarked, “it’s hard to know where Putin’s duplicity ends and his delusion begins." Outlining Putin’s worldview, Rothman concluded, “Putin believes all this. This is how he was raised, in an empire that stretched from the Yalu to the Elbe. He clearly views his nation’s subsequently truncated borders as a problem to be fixed — and he has made plain for all to see how he intends to fix it.”

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