Tucker Carlson might just pay a dear price for being an actual journalist.
You see, in Fake News World™ only fake journalism that conforms to the regime is allowed.
Tucker Carlson's interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin could see the conservative pundit targeted by European Union lawmakers, current and former members of the European Parliament have told Newsweek.
The EU wants to sanction an independent American journalist!!
Here's a screenshot of Tucker with Putin:
Whoops! Sorry! That was Dan Rather with Saddam Hussein.
Here we go:
Oh no! That's one of Barbara Walters' interview with Fidel Castro! My mistake!
Here it is:
Nope, that's NBC international correspondent Keir Simmons interviewing Putin a couple of years ago.
Anyways, Tucker is evil for talking with Putin because this is 2024 and it's totally different now!
The lawmaker — who has called for the EU to explore imposing a "travel ban" on Carlson — described Carlson as 'a mouthpiece' of former President Donald Trump and Putin, adding: 'As Putin is a war criminal and the EU sanctions all who assist him in that effort, it seems logical that the External Action Service examine his case as well.'
Yes, they want a travel ban on Tucker Carlson because he's doing journalism no one else in the US is brave enough to do.
Luis Garicano, a former MEP, told Newsweek he agreed with Verhofstadt's stance. 'He is no longer a newsman, but a propagandist for the most heinous regime on European soil and the one which is most dangerous to our peace and security,' Garicano said of Carlson.
My dudes, Russia isn't going away. Carlson isn't stumping for Putin. He's simply trying to deal with them like adults to shine a light on some bad actors who are pushing propaganda on our own side. And your response is to censor and punish him??
(Europe cares NOTHING about free speech and a free press. And I'm starting to think we don't care about it here.)
The people behind this move are justifying all this by saying he's just a Putin puppet.
'First of all, it should be remembered that Putin is not just a president of an aggressor country, but he is wanted by the International Criminal Court and accused of genocide and war crimes,' MEP Urmas Paet, who previously served as Estonia's foreign minister, told Newsweek.
'Carlson wants to give a platform to someone accused of crimes of genocide — this is wrong. If Putin has something to say he needs to say it in front of the ICC. At the same time Carlson is not being a real journalist since he has clearly expressed his sympathy for the Russian regime and Putin and has constantly disparaged Ukraine, the victim of Russian aggression.'
Okay, so basically "if you think differently than your politicians, you are evil" and also "it's only okay to interview bad guys if we approve of it."
(I wonder what Paet would say about interviewing Xi Jingping, who is accused of genocide against the Muslim Uyghurs and a thousand other human rights offenses?)
The good news: It does seem like they're going to have a tough time actually imposing a travel ban on Tucker.
The EU's External Action Service (EAS) is the bloc's diplomatic arm, responsible for foreign policy. For an individual to be added to the EU's sanctions list, evidence must be presented to the EAS for review. If deemed sufficient, the EAS can then present the case to the European Council — the body made up of EU national leaders — which takes the final decision on whether to impose sanctions.
As such, any hypothetical sanctions for Carlson may be some way off, even if the move has sufficient support among European lawmakers and heads of state.
Tucker in his announcement yesterday asserted Americans have a right to know when it comes to the Russia-Ukraine conflict and that one side of the story has been covered up.
For this, he's a threat to Europe and must be banned!
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