Russian state-run television hosts recently reported that former Fox News host Tucker Carlson was spotted in Moscow. Carlson, who hosted Tucker Carlson Tonight for the conservative network from 2016 to 2023, was fired last April without explanation. Carlson was named in a lawsuit against Dominion Voting Systems, which awarded Fox News $787.5 million for knowingly promoting Donald Trump’s false claims about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Carlson’s departure was also blamed on some texts he sent, some of which were racist or defamatory to his colleagues.
According to Russian news outlet Mash, Carlson was seen in various locations throughout Moscow on Thursday, including the Bolshoi Theatre. While Carlson has yet to comment or confirm the reason for his visit, many have speculated that he is there to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin for his current series, which he shares directly on X, the platform that was previously known as Twitter. Carlson has previously taken complimentary or supportive stances towards Putin and Russia, particularly during the invasion of Ukraine.
Julia Davis, the founder of the Russian Media Monitor watchdog group, sent X a clip from a recent episode of Solovyov Live in which the hosts discussed Carlson’s appearance in Russia and mocked Americans in response. The hosts noted that no official information is available about Carlson’s plans in Russia, as well as his previous claims that he wanted to interview Putin but was prevented from doing so by the US government.
Varoli, an American journalist who specialises in Russian affairs, claimed that mainstream media outlets in the United States are controlled by the White House and are barred from reporting on things that show Russia in a positive light, which he assumed would be the goal of Carlson interviewing Putin.