US media is reporting that Fox News star Tucker Carlson continues to advance pro-Russian disinformation, this time alleging that the US is running secret bioweapons labs in Ukraine and that the U. S. is the one attacking Russia with a disinformation campaign. According to an MSNBC report:
March 10, 2022 Tucker Carlson once again used his tony spot atop Fox News’ primetime lineup to advance some conspiracy theories about the Russian war against Ukraine. This time it was a twofer: 1) the idea America was running secret bioweapons labs in Ukraine, and 2) that the U. S. is actually the one attacking Russia with a disinformation campaign, rather than the other way around. Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the Biden administration, testified this week before the Senate and discussed biolabs in Ukraine. Right wingers say this is proof that Vladimir Putin isn’t lying — and that the U. S. apparently has been funding secret weapons research in Ukraine. But as even a Fox News’ own Jennifer Griffin explained tonight to Sean Hannity, “those are Soviet-era biolabs that U. S. has been engaged since 2005 in trying to help Ukraine convert the research facilities safely.” Anyway, back to Tucker Carlson, who spent a long time on his show talking about the possibility the U. S. was involved in illegal bioweapons research in Ukraine. And during this discussion he advanced the idea that it’s the U. S. and not Russia engaging in “disinformation.” “It is a classic Russian technique to blame on the other guy what they are planning to do themselves, that is what Victoria Nuland said,” Tucker Carlson said after playing a clip of her testimony. “We almost laughed out loud. So what you are saying, Victoria Nuland, if, for example, you were funding secret bio-labs in Ukraine but wanted to hide that fact from the people who were paying for it in whose name you are doing it, then you might lie about it by claiming the Russians were lying about it. In other words, you might mount a disinformation campaign by claiming the other guy was mounting a disinformation campaign. Is that what you are saying, Victoria Nuland? It’s pretty funny. What is not funny is that this is all entirely real.” Except, as Fox News’ own Jennifer Griffin explained less than an hour later, “it” in this case is not, actually, real. Watch Tucker Carlson’s comments above, and Griffin’s explanation of the facts below:
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the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported in February that Russian media was claiming the United States was developing biological weapons in a network of labs in Ukraine.
GIOR coverage on Tucker Carlson has included:
- We reported earlier this week that Carlson was continuing his efforts to blame the US and the Biden administration for the Russian invasion of Ukraine while echoing Russian talking points on the causes of the conflict.
- We reported last month on Tucker Carlson’s role in Russian propaganda efforts during the invasion of Ukraine, including one Carlson broadcast where his comments were subtitled and re-broadcast by RT, the Russian state-backed media outlet.
- A recently published Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) report documents Tucker Carlson’s role in a new and developing alliance between US conservatives and European nationalists, seen as a potential vehicle for Russian influence operations.
Yesterday, we reported comments by a US Republican congresswoman alleging what she describes as the “Putin wing of the Republican Party.”