A second Democratic congressman accuses Fox News’ Tucker Carlson of being in bed with Russia as tensions continue between Washington and Moscow over a buildup of military forces near Russia’s border with Ukraine.
Rep. Jake Auchincloss of Massachusetts took a jab at Carlson Thursday at a news conference after meeting with other House Democrats on the Ukraine issue, where he told reporters his party was unified in support of what he called the Biden administration “effective and strong”. diplomacy” on the subject.
That unity, he said, was “in contrast to what we are hearing from people like Tucker Carlson, who is basically acting as a pro-Putin shill and compounding the tremendous damage done to the US by Trump’s performance in Helsinki. in 2018”. , when the former president met with Vladimir Putin and was heavily criticized for not pressing Putin on the disinformation campaign that sought to undermine Trump’s 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton.
His comments followed similar comments from Congressman Tom Malinowski of New Jersey, who claimed his office was being inundated with calls from Carlson viewers siding with Russia as he claims his government has no plans to invade Ukraine.
“My office is now getting calls from people saying they see Tucker Carlson and are upset that we are not on Russia’s side in their threats to invade Ukraine, and that they want me to support Russia’s ‘reasonable’ positions,” Malinowski tweeted on Thursday. last month.
“That’s in contrast to what we’re hearing from people like Tucker Carlson, who is basically acting like a pro-Putin shill and compounding the damage done to the US by Trump’s performance in Helsinki…” pic.twitter.com/6rz66Es92Z
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The State Department and the White House have repeatedly accused Russian officials of planning operations that would give the country a plausible excuse to invade Ukraine, a charge the Russian government strongly denies. The blame directed at Fox News comes as the Biden administration faces increasing pressure from the media to produce proof of those claims.
That pressure resulted in an explosive confrontation Thursday between an Associated Press reporter during a briefing hosted by State Department Press Secretary Ned Price, in which Price was repeatedly pressured into (and refused to present) evidence. evidence of such plots despite insisting that such evidence had been “declassified.”
All that speculation is compounded by public statements from the Ukrainian government as well. Representatives of President Volodymyr Zelensky have warned the US not to claim that a Russian invasion is “imminent” or a certainty in the coming weeks, and have also reportedly raised such concerns privately with US officials.
Carlson has never publicly expressed support for a Russian invasion of Ukraine. He has declared several times that a US war with Russia over the issue of an actual or potential invasion of Ukraine would be a mistake and defended Russian troop movements near the country’s border with Ukraine and in neighboring Belarus, aligned with Ukraine. with Moscow, as Russia’s efforts. to protect itself against NATO, the military alliance that Fox’s host has claimed exists largely to “torment” Russia and its leaders.
“So, at this point, NATO exists primarily to torment Vladimir Putin who, despite his many failings, has no intention of invading Western Europe. Vladimir Putin does not want Belgium. He just wants to keep his western borders secure,” Carlson said in December.
the independent has reached out to Fox News for comment on the allegations made by Mr. Auchincloss.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.