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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Newsmax Still Taking Shots At Fox News, Carlson For Supporting Putin
Topic: Newsmax

As the Russian war in Ukraine has continued, so has Newsmax's sniping at Fox News in general and host Tucker Carlson in particular for taking Russia's side.

A March 14 article by Theodore Bunker noted how "The Kremlin has been urging Moscow-friendly media outlets to use more material from No. 1 Fox News host Tucker Carlson to defend the Russia's actions in Ukraine," adding that "The Fox host has blamed NATO for fomenting the crisis as it has added states close to Russia to its membership. Carlson has made this claim though NATO had never formally offered membership to Ukraine."

Dick Morris lashed out again at Carlson in a March 16 column:

For over three decades in my professional work, I faced off against Russian propaganda in elections in Mexico, Taiwan, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Ukraine, and even in Russia itself.

Through this time, I've discerned certain patterns in how our adversary fights against freedom and seeks to manipulate minds.

Eerily, I find myself dealing with this dangerous propaganda from Fox's Tucker Carlson.

He has effectively become Vladimir Putin's number one ally in the United States today (though I realize Carlson does not see it that way).

Remember, the Russians may not be great military geniuses, but their expertise in propaganda and psychological warfare is unparalleled.

Morris went on to note that "Neither Putin's nor Carlson's claims hold up under any scrutiny," adding:

Carlson has every right to hold his point of view.

He is not guilty of treason for doing so, and nor is Tulsi Gabbard, the former Democrat representative from Hawaii.

But his isolationism in the face of Putin's evil, even advocated with the best of intentions, endangers us all.

A March 18 article by Eric Mack noted that "Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is praising Fox News' coverage of its war on Ukraine, hailing it as 'trying to represent some alternative points of view' and denouncing 'information terrorism,'" adding that "Since the onset of the war, Fox’s Tucker Carlson has become a media star in Russia, as the Kremlin has urged state-owned media outlets to replay clips from his top-rated cable show."

A March 28 article by Luca Cacciatore recounted a Newsmax TV appearance in which the brother of the mayor of Kyiv took a shot at Carlson:

Wladimir Klitschko, the brother of Kyiv's mayor and a former two-time heavyweight world champion boxer, characterized Russian President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine to Newsmax on Monday as "a pure genocide."

He also lashed out at Fox News' Tucker Carlson,  Candace Owens and other Americans who have vocally opposed offering military aid to Ukraine. This, in an appearance on "Eric Bolling The Balance."

Bolling himself lashed out at Carlson, as described in an April 6 article:

Newsmax host Eric Bolling delivered an impassioned plea to Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday, regarding the latter's views on Russia's war with Ukraine.

In a six-minute monologue, Bolling asked Carlson — his former colleague at Fox — to take back previous comments that Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin could potentially use to justify the atrocities.


Bolling said he thinks Russian officials "see Tucker Carlson as their ally, the guy across the ocean who's helping their cause."

He added: "Tucker, I respect what you're doing; your wit and wisdom are right up there. But you spend too much time up in your intellectual ivory tower. Let me tell you what [it] looks like down here.

"... Now is the time to come down from the ivory tower, time to speak out against past comments, current comments even, or actions that in any way show support for Russia — or can be used by Russia in a way to show that any of us support what they're doing there."

No mention, of course, of why Bolling is no longer at Fox News.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:16 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, May 27, 2022 10:52 PM EDT

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