Recently, we reported that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently investigating certain American media and other companies for their possible ties to Russia, especially now, amid the violent Russian war against Ukraine. And from the looks of this, it’s a damn good thing they’re looking into it.
According to a staggering new report from the progressive outlet Mother Jones, upon obtaining a leaked document from the Russian government, it appears as though the Kremlin is now ordering state-run media outlets to promote more clips of Fox News talking head Tucker Carlson, more specifically clips of Carlson criticizing and attacking the United States, and use those clips to help publicly defend the Russian government’s war on Ukraine to the Russian people.
Mother Jones reports that the documents they managed to obtain were addressed “For Media and Commentators” and notes that it was allegedly part of multiple memos coming out of Russia’s Department of Information and Telecommunications Support. The memos were allegedly provided by “a contributor to a national Russian media outlet who asked not to be identified.”
“It is essential to use as much as possible fragments of broadcasts of the popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who sharply criticizes the actions of the United States [and] Nato, their negative role in unleashing the conflict in Ukraine, [and] the defiantly provocative behavior from the leadership of the eastern countries and Nato towards the Russian Federation and towards President Putin, personally,” the Kremlin documents read, per a translation done by the publication.
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It goes on to specifically reference Tucker Carlson’s position that “Russia is only protecting its interests and security,” and includes a direct quote from the controversial Fox News host: “How would the U.S. behave if such a situation developed in neighboring Mexico or Canada?”
Actual photos of the alleged leaked documents were provided by Mother Jones in their report, in addition to an outline of the narratives and rhetoric the Russian government is pushing the country’s state-run media to promote. The memo references Carlson in a section titled “Victory in Information War.” This particular section of the document pushes media outlets to promote sympathy for the Russian government in combination with negative coverage of Ukraine.
Mother Jones’ release and coverage of these alleged leaked memos come directly on the heels of recent reporting that clips of Carlson have been regularly featured by Russian state-run media outlets to defend the country’ violent invasion and attack against Ukraine and make it appear as though the United States has taken Russia’s side in the war. Carlson has spoken out against Putin’s Ukrainian invasion, but has previously downplayed the threat of war and seemingly validated and defended the dictator’s aggressions.
It would be an understatement to say I have no words at this point.
You can read the full Mother Jones report here.
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