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Pro-Russian host Tucker Carlson says Ukraine blew up the Kakhovska HPP, Musk retweets

07.06.2023, 16:47
Photo: AP / Suspilne
Photo: AP / Suspilne

The pro-Russian American TV host Tucker Carlson claimed it was Ukraine that blew up the Kakhovska HPP, ridiculed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and accused the mainstream media of lying.

He told about this in the first edition of his own show, which he posted on Twitter, Hromadske reports.

He alleged that the HPP dam was blown up by the Ukrainian army, but provided no evidence to support that. He also claimed that UFOs and extraterrestrial life are "actually real". At one point he asked, "What exactly happened on 9/11?"

Carlson also mocked President Volodymyr Zelenskyi and pro-Ukraine Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

The host said he hoped that that Twitter would become "shortwave radio under the blankets" without "gatekeepers", implying that mainstream American media are being censored.

"If it turns out to be false, we will leave," he said.

CNN presumes that in this way, Carlson signaled that he is ready to return to Fox News. According to sources, the presenter has hired a lawyer to help him achieve this.

Twitter owner Elon Musk shared Carlson's show, saying, "Would be great to have shows from all parts of the political spectrum on this platform!"

Ukrainian journalist Ostap Yarysh has noted that the video had also been shared by conservative American bloggers with millions of followers, MAGA Republicans in Congress, and Russia's UN representative.

As IMI reported, in April 2023, the Fox News channel announced that host Tucker Carlson had left the broadcaster. The announcement came days after Fox News and parent company Fox Corp agreed to a $787.5 million settlement with Dominion, which sells electronic voting hardware and software, in a defamation case over vote-rigging claims during the 2020 US presidential election.

After the election, Dominion sued Fox News Network and its parent company, Fox Corp, accusing the channel of making false election fraud claims.

Russian propaganda narratives have been repeatedly featured on Tucker Carlson Tonight, writes "Detector Media". Namely, Tucker Carlson has called Ukraine a "tyranny" and the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, a "puppet of the Biden administration."

In addition, The New York Times has pointed out that with the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, clips from Fox News started appearing in Russian media more often. Moreover, Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has praised the channel, as, according to him, "only Fox News is trying to present some alternative point of view."

In March 2022, the Kremlin pressed its propaganda media use more Tucker Carlson, writes Hromadske.

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