Friday 23 February 2024

"'Every leader kills people' ..."

"Tucker Carlson’s visit to Moscow ... servile interview with Putin ... [and] pretended naïveté made it hard to regard him as the journalist he once might have been. Instead, he appeared as a blind cheerleader for the Russian government.
    "His next engagement at the World Government Summit in Dubai about Russia confirmed this impression. 'Every leader kills people, some kill more than others,' Carlson told the crowd. 'Leadership requires killing people, sorry, that’s why I wouldn’t want to be a leader.'
    "Four days after Carlson’s conference appearance, Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny died in prison. Perhaps Putin wanted to prove Carlson right at least once."
~ Oliver Hartwich, from his op-ed 'How to explain the right's Putin mania'


MarkT said...

Carlson is a fuckwit, at least just as bad if not worse than the left he purports to be against.

Tom Hunter said...

Meh. I see "servile" interviews everyday between lefty "journalists" and Lefty politicians, but few of Carlson's critics have anything to say about that. And go back to look at the interviews of Putin by some of the big-name US anchors and journos; they were equally "servile". Frankly such interviews are not supposed to be debates, as the likes of Campbell and Tame insist upon (again, almost always with Lefty pollies of whom they approve)

Carlson certainly made a dick of himself with that whole Moscow underground thing. My sister was there in 1972 and it was equally beautiful - but then no photos were allowed.

Back to the interview with Putin. It gave us an opportunity to see that he's smart, ignorant, deluded and dangerous, and I knew some of that before, but not so much the detail of his particular Russian "history". In other words I learned something by being able to watch the thug himself, not via the interpretations of the NYT and company.

And once again I'd point out that all the Putin and now Carlson hate from the Democrats and the US Left only started in the last few years. Prior to 2012, and especially 2008, they made all the excuses in the world for him. Right up until Hillary lost.

Tom Hunter said...

Oh, and one more thing. In the USA there are a number of cases going to the Supreme Court arising from the interference of US government agencies like the DHS and FBI in domestic speech via internet proxies but as The Federalist noted:

But this isn’t a thing of the past. All of the censorship infrastructure described above is still intact, still functioning, and is firing on all cylinders right now ahead of the 2024 election. If anything, the censorship-industrial complex is more robust than it was four years ago. Just last week, Meta’s President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg boasted on CNBC that he currently has some 40,000 employees, which is nearly 60 percent of Meta’s entire workforce, tasked with censoring speech on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Clegg also claimed Meta has spent about $20 billion, including $5 billion in the last year, on its censorship efforts — or what he euphemistically called “election integrity.”

Puts the Russians 2016 efforts in the shade. See also Matt Taibbi's The Twitter Files

Also this:
The timing of Herridge's termination immediately raised suspicions in Washington. She was pursuing stories that were unwelcomed by the Biden White House and many Democratic powerhouses, including the Hur reporton Joe Biden's diminished mental capacity, the Biden corruption scandal and the Hunter Biden laptop. She continued to pursue these stories despite reports of pushback from CBS executives, including CBS News President Ingrid Ciprian-Matthew

The CEO of CBS is one David Rhodes, supposedly not a leftist. Just merely the brother of one of Obama's Big Brain Advisors, Ben Rhodes.

I'm a hell of a lot more worried about this shit inside the USA than I am about Tucker Carlson interviewing Putin, and frankly to be so concerned about the latter is just falling into the Democrat-MSM machine's Narrative of the Week.

Tom Hunter said...

Good advice for every non-Leftist from atheist James Lindsay, in this commenting on the latest US Leftist wheeze: "Christian Nationalism

Don't take the bait. Cut the line

Anonymous said...

Leaders who killed.

Adolf Hitler
Josef Stalin
Ho Chi Min
Pol Pot
Mao Tse Tung
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Winston Churchill
Margaret Thatcher
Anthony Eden
David Lloyd George
Herbert Henry Asquith
Woodrow Wilson
Harry Truman
Theodore Roosevelt
Lyndon Johnson
Abraham Lincoln
George Bush
Georges Clemenceau
Boris Johnson
Tony Blair
George Bush
George W Bush
Augusto Pinochet
Benito Mussolini

I'm sure you could come up with a lot more.

Tucker Carlson made a good point.

MarkT said...

Even as a very young child I understood the difference between bad people who killed good people in aggression, and good people who killed bad people in self defence. Do you?