Russian state television uses clips of Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson to promote the country’s war against Ukraine amid protests against the partial mobilization of Vladimir Putin.
According to Julia Davis, creator of Russian Media Monitor, millions of Russians were broadcast this week by Carlson scolding the United States for their continued support of Kiev.
Protests against mobilization in Russia continued on Saturday, and at least 745 people were detained, according to OVD-Info, the human rights agency that monitors police activities.
Putin’s ally also threatened to send relatives protesting against the war to the front line in Ukraine.
News channels and TV experts in Russia regularly posted clips from Carlson’s show to ensure support for the illegal war with Ukraine.
On Saturday, Davis shared a video from Russian state television in which the hosts played a translated clip of Carlson speaking on Fox News.
The footage shows Carlson saying “happy anniversary” to the seven-month-long conflict, then adds that it was impossible for Ukraine to win the war with Russia.
He later said, “It was immediately clear that if Ukraine wanted to remain a sovereign country – and of course we all wanted to – Ukraine would have to reach some kind of negotiated agreement with Russia.”
The Fox News host then noted how the war affected Western economies and argued that the only person who would benefit financially from the war would be Putin.
Reference to the article in Foreign Affairs Carlson then argued that the Joe Biden administration torpedoed the alleged Ukraine-Russia peace deal in hopes of regime change in Moscow.
Carlson said, “Biden’s advisers wanted a total regime change war against Russia, apparently to avenge the election of Donald Trump, which they believe Putin was responsible for.”
It was unclear whether Carlson’s accusation that Biden wanted revenge was from the same article he was referring to, or whether it was his opinion. There is no evidence to suggest that Biden pressed for a prolongation of the war due to Trump’s victory in the 2016 election.
According to Reporters Without Borders, Russia ranks 155th out of 180th for media freedom.
He said the Kremlin controls or has ties to many TV stations in Russia, and that all private independent channels are banned from broadcasting, with the exception of cable TV.
The Fox News host was previously ridiculed for his claims that Putin did not in fact lose the Ukraine war, but did win.
Days after Carlson made the claim, Ukraine forced Russian troops to withdraw from major strategic cargo holds near Kharkiv. Many took an interest in Twitter and described Carlson as “the master of war.”
In response to Ukraine’s rapid gains, Putin announced a mobilization decree to recruit more recruits for the war.
It is estimated that Russia has lost tens of thousands of soldiers and thousands of vehicles and military equipment since the outbreak of the war.
But seemingly chaotic scenes were shared on social media after Putin’s mobilization decree earlier this week.
One of the widely released videos showed a drunk man staggering on the tarmac before going on what is believed to be a mobilization flight.
Newsweek contacted Fox News, the Kremlin and Foreign Affairs magazine for comment.
Although Carlson says Ukraine cannot win a defensive war against Russia, the Kremlin has previously carried out defeat invasions.
In 1989, the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan after a disastrous campaign in an attempt to influence the region. Only two years later, the Soviet Union collapsed.
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