Media Matters, a left-leaning media watchdog group, is reporting on the continuing amplification by Russian-controlled media of Fox News star Tucker Carlon’s anti-Ukraine, pro-Kremlin rhetoric. According to their report:
October 10, 2022 In the months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Russian-controlled media have consistently praised and amplified Fox News host Tucker Carlson as a major anti-Ukraine voice in American media. For years, Carlson has promoted pro-Kremlin, anti-Ukraine rhetoric on his show, and his position has only intensified since the start of the war. Carlson’s criticism widely blames President Joe Biden for the crisis, accusing him of intentionally aggravating Russian President Vladimir Putin to somehow avenge the 2016 election. Most recently, Carlson engaged his prime-time audience in a conspiracy theory that the United States sabotaged the Nord Stream pipeline. This kicked off the Carlson-Kremlin feedback loop: a recent report in The Washington Post found that Russian state television aired his commentary about the pipeline at least a dozen times across multiple channels. The Russian government’s overall support for Carlson was confirmed in a March 3 memo revealing that Russian state media outlets follow explicit instructions to amplify Carlson; as such, they regularly air clips and praise him as a voice of pro-Kremlin reason in American news. Since before the invasion in February, Russian media analyst and Daily Beast columnist Julia Davis has monitored Russian state media outlets, including documenting when they mention or show a clip from Carlson’s show. So far, Davis has noted over 50 instances of Russian state media either showing clips of or referring to Tucker Carlson and other Fox personalities in order to bolster support for Russia in its invasion of Ukraine. Media Matters also reviewed the work of Francis Scarr, a BBC Russian media analyst. Below are some examples of Russian state media amplifying and celebrating Carlson’s views:
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The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported in February on the role that Carlson has been playing in Russian propaganda efforts during the invasion of Ukraine.
A GIOR report on the Global National Conservative Alliance (GNCA) detailed Carlson’s continued support for the Hungarian government and its Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Russia’s closest partner in the EU. That report also documented Carlson’s participation in National Conservative international conferences sponsored by the US-based Edmund Burke Foundation.