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Carlson on why he didn’t ask Putin about Navalny: ‘I’m not going to move the ball at all’

Carlson on why he didn’t ask Putin about Navalny: ‘I’m not going to move the ball at all’

Conservative commentator Tucker Carlson said he was “not going to move the ball” if he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. “Here’s what I learned — and I’m hardly a Russia expert — is this is an extremely complicated political environment, extremely like next level, OK. These are the people who dominate world chess, and so their politics are incomprehensible to me,” he told NewsNation’s Chris Cuomo in a conversation that aired on Monday. Cuomo had asked Carlson why he chose not to ask Putin about the death of Navalny during his interview with the Russian leader last month. Carlson had received backlash for flying to Moscow and interviewing Putin, which Cuomo said at the time was a ploy to get “attention.” Carlson ultimately said he decided not to ask about Navalny, suggesting it would not have changed anything. “I’ve been in a lot of countries and covered a lot of stuff abroad. And the one thing I’ve learned is you actually don’t really know what’s going on. And so I …

The Real Reason Trump Loves Putin

The Real Reason Trump Loves Putin

For nearly the entirety of the past decade, a question has stalked, and sometimes consumed, American politics: Why do Donald Trump and his acolytes heap such reverent praise on Vladimir Putin? The question is born of disbelief. Adoration of the Russian leader, who murders his domestic opponents, kidnaps thousands of Ukrainian children, and interferes in American presidential elections, is so hard to comprehend that it seems only plausibly explained by venal motives—thus the search to find the supposed kompromat the Kremlin lords over Trump or compromising business deals that Trump has pursued in Moscow. But there’s a deeper, more nefarious truth about people on the right’s baffling unwillingness to criticize the Kremlin: They actually share its worldview. Putin worship isn’t even an aberration in the history of conservatism, merely the latest instance of a long tradition of admiring foreign dictators. Over the past century, without ever really blushing, the American right has similarly celebrated the likes of Adolf Hitler, Francisco Franco, and just about every Latin American military junta that called itself anti-communist. The right …

Fake Ukrainian Assassination Attempt on Tucker Carlson Reaches Millions on X

Fake Ukrainian Assassination Attempt on Tucker Carlson Reaches Millions on X

On February 26, Simon Ateba, owner of the Today News Africa website, reported on X that Russia prevented a Ukrainian assassination attempt on American journalist Tucker Carlson while he was in Moscow to interview President Vladimir Putin. Ukraine’s intelligence agency dismissed the news as a “Russian ploy.” Andrey Yusov of Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate told VOA’s Ukrainian Service: “This is an absolute delusion and a ploy of the Russian fascist regime.” Ateba neither cited sources nor provided details to verify the information but illustrated his post with an image of Putin and Carlson taken during their interview. At the time of this writing, Ateba’s post had received more than 14 million views and about 85,000 interactions. Ateba wrote: ” BREAKING – ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION OF TUCKER CARLSON: A man has just been arrested in Moscow, accused of being paid by Ukrainian intelligence to plant an explosive device on Tucker Carlson’s vehicle and assassinate the prominent American journalist while he was there to interview Putin.” That is false. Voice of America traced the origin of this “news” …

Why Haven’t the Sanctions on Russia Worked?

Why Haven’t the Sanctions on Russia Worked?

When, earlier this month, Tucker Carlson posted a short video clip of himself visiting a Russian supermarket and raving about how great the bread was and how low the prices were, and another clip from his trip to a knockoff McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow, he received plenty of well-deserved mockery. Carlson seemed both willfully ignorant, pretending that he doesn’t know that prices are lower in Russia than in the U.S. because Russia is much poorer than the U.S., and oddly credulous (is a garden-variety fast-food joint really worth gushing over?). Still, amid the weirdly pro-Russian and anti-American rhetoric, Carlson’s travelogue did point out something worth paying attention to: The sanctions that the United States, Europe, and other industrialized democracies have imposed on Russia in the two years since its invasion of Ukraine have not devastated the Russian economy. Although the initial announcement of sanctions led to a crash in the value of the ruble and bank runs, the economy soon stabilized. After falling a less-than-expected 2.1 percent in 2022, Russia’s GDP actually grew last year, …

Why Haven’t the Sanctions on Russia Worked?

Why Haven’t the Sanctions on Russia Worked?

When, earlier this month, Tucker Carlson posted a short video clip of himself visiting a Russian supermarket and raving about how great the bread was and how low the prices were, and another clip from his trip to a knockoff McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow, he received plenty of well-deserved mockery. Carlson seemed both willfully ignorant, pretending that he doesn’t know that prices are lower in Russia than in the U.S. because Russia is much poorer than the U.S., and oddly credulous (is a garden-variety fast-food joint really worth gushing over?). Still, amid the weirdly pro-Russian and anti-American rhetoric, Carlson’s travelogue did point out something worth paying attention to: The sanctions that the United States, Europe, and other industrialized democracies have imposed on Russia in the two years since its invasion of Ukraine have not devastated the Russian economy. Although the initial announcement of sanctions led to a crash in the value of the ruble and bank runs, the economy soon stabilized. After falling a less-than-expected 2.1 percent in 2022, Russia’s GDP actually grew last year, …

Weekend podcast: the Libertines’ tortured reunion, Marina Hyde on celebrity-dictator bromances, and the simple trick to enjoying life more | Life and style

Weekend podcast: the Libertines’ tortured reunion, Marina Hyde on celebrity-dictator bromances, and the simple trick to enjoying life more | Life and style

From Tucker Carlson to Johnny Depp, a celebrity bromance is the must-have accessory for modern dictators, says Marina Hyde (1m50); the Libertines on feuds, friendship and their tortured reunion by Simon Hattenstone (9m03); and how habituation, a simple behavioural trick, can help you experience less pain and more pleasure by Cass Sunstein and Tali Sharot (35m49). How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to know Source link

One of TV’s best slow-burn couples

One of TV’s best slow-burn couples

This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here. Welcome back to The Daily’s Sunday culture edition, in which one Atlantic writer or editor reveals what’s keeping them entertained. Today’s special guest is Karen Ostergren, a deputy copy chief who has worked at The Atlantic for more than a decade. Karen is an avid runner who enjoys listening to other people talk about running—Ali Feller’s podcast is her favorite—and who recently visited an exhibit in New York about the sport’s history. On the other end of her content consumption spectrum, she likes tuning in to Abbott Elementary, escaping into the lush world of fantasy and romance novels, and watching football (and keeping up with the latest Jason Kelce memes). First, here are three Sunday reads from The Atlantic: The Culture Survey: Karen Ostergren My favorite way of wasting time on my phone: When Elon Musk bought Twitter—even before …

What Tucker Carlson Saw in Moscow

What Tucker Carlson Saw in Moscow

Tucker Carlson went to Moscow last week and had an absolute blast. He rode the subway and marveled at its clean cars, the fancy tilework in Kievskaya Station, and the lack of booze-drenched hobos. He went to a grocery store and was astonished by what ordinary people could apparently buy. He even managed to meet a local history buff and sit down for tea and conversation. Carlson, who had never previously visited Moscow, declared himself “radicalized” against America’s leaders by the experience. He didn’t want to live in Moscow, but he did want to know why we in America have to put up with street crime and crappy food when the supposedly bankrupt Russia provided such a nice life for its people, or at least those people not named Alexei Navalny. My former Atlantic colleague Ralph Waldo Emerson called travel a “fool’s paradise,” but not all forms of foolishness are equal. Many commentators have guffawed at Carlson’s Russophilia and pointed out that Russia’s murder rate is roughly that of the United States, and that its …

Why Russia Killed Navalny – The Atlantic

Why Russia Killed Navalny – The Atlantic

Alexei Navalny returned to Russia in January 2021. Right before he boarded the plane, he posted a film titled “Putin’s Palace: The Story of the World’s Largest Bribe” on YouTube. The video, nearly two hours long, was an extraordinary feat of investigative reporting. Using secret plans, drone footage, 3-D visualizations, and the testimony of construction workers, Navalny’s video told the story of a hideous $1.3 billion Black Sea villa containing every luxury that a dictator could imagine: a hookah bar, a hockey rink, a helipad, a vineyard, an oyster farm, a church. The video also described the eye-watering costs and the financial trickery that had gone into the construction of the palace on behalf of its true owner, Vladimir Putin. But the power of the film was not just in the pictures, or even in the descriptions of money spent. The power was in the style, the humor, and the Hollywood-level professionalism of the film, much of which was imparted by Navalny himself. This was his extraordinary gift: He could take the dry facts of …