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The interview between Vladimir Putin and Tucker Carlson has drawn criticism for providing the Russian leader with a platform to spread propaganda without scrutiny. Carlson refrained from challenging Putin on important topics such as Russia’s actions in Ukraine and the imprisonment of opposition figures. Instead, Putin was allowed to manipulate the conversation and advance his own narratives, including a conspiracy theory about the U.S. government not being controlled by its elected leaders but by unelected powers at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who direct the president.
Critics argue that the interview was a propaganda victory for Putin, who can now twist the encounter to serve his own interests. State-run Russian media quickly amplified the interview, highlighting Putin’s claims and portraying the event as a success.
While Carlson did inquire about the release of the Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich currently imprisoned in Russia, his approach has been criticized as inadequate. The Wall Street Journal emphasized that journalism is not a crime and called for the immediate release of their colleague.
Overall, the interview has raised concerns about the role of media figures in providing platforms for authoritarian leaders to spread misinformation and propaganda.