Everyone is talking about Tucker Carlson’s interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The two-hour long conversation was live-streamed on twitter. Every major news outlet has had some form of coverage.
After eight years of covering the Ukraine coup/civil War, and more specifically Western propaganda on Russia, I could pretty much tell you everything Putin was going to say before he said it.
Anybody who has covered Russia or Ukraine could tell you that.
He was always going to detail, in cogent and historically literate terms, Russia’s position on Ukraine.
He was always going to cite the (very real) broken promises Western diplomats made about NATO’s Eastward expansion.
He was almost certainly going remake his very worthy point about US foreign policy never seeming to change no matter who is President.
He’s an intelligent and persuasive speaker, and he was always going to do well.
And, if this was 2014, that would be great.
But it’s not 2014 is it?
It’s 2024 & the world is being hurried fast toward the Brave New (“multipolar”) Normal. Russia is on board with Agenda 2030 & very powerful western establishment voices are now promoting Putin & his once-sidelined views.
In the face of these realities we should be asking questions about the relevance and purpose of this kind of geopolitical theatrics.
Let’s remind ourselves again that everyone is talking about the Putin interview.
Every major news outlet covered it, too. Maybe they “fact-checked” it, maybe they ranted about it or insisted it be banned, but they were all talking about it.
Let’s compare and contrast that coverage to the coverage of Oliver Stone’s 4-part interview with Putin in 2017.
Seriously. Look at the difference. It tells you a great deal about how the establishment agenda is changing. There were no big headlines then.
But I don’t want to talk about Putin. Because everyone is talking about Putin.