Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson made waves on Tuesday as he debuted his new show on Twitter, using the platform to criticize narratives supporting the Ukrainian war against Russian invasion. Carlson’s departure from Fox News, following the network’s settlement with Dominion Voting Systems, has had a significant impact on its ratings, with his show being the most popular cable news program for several years.
In his inaugural episode on Twitter, Carlson took aim at Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Republicans who have backed the provision of financial aid and military supplies to the nation. He drew a connection between the media’s support for the war and an alleged cover-up by the United States of a UFO incident.
Towards the end of the 10-minute video, Carlson drew a parallel between Americans and the Russians living under the Soviet Union, suggesting that Americans now live in ignorance due to the government’s classification of numerous public documents. He argued that the lack of transparency in the government’s actions contradicts the principles of democracy.
“The U.S. government has managed to classify over a billion so-called public documents. So at this point, we can’t possibly know what our leaders are doing. We’re not allowed to know,” Carlson asserted. “By definition, that is not a democracy.”
He went on to criticize the media for their complicity, claiming that secrecy serves as a powerful tool of control. Carlson highlighted how Americans are often distracted by stories of racism while important issues and potential abuses of power remain concealed from public scrutiny.
“Our lives here in the United States are manipulated by lies and silenced by taboos. It is unhealthy, and it is dehumanizing, and we’re tired of it,” Carlson passionately stated.
Carlson expressed gratitude for the Twitter platform, referring to it as a potential “short-wave radio under the blankets,” alluding to its potential as a medium free from gatekeepers. However, he emphasized that if the platform’s promises of openness were proven false, he would not hesitate to seek other alternatives.
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) June 6, 2023