CNN's Chris Wallace Expresses Displeasure Over Carlson's Handling of Putin Interview

“Tucker Carlson showed up in Moscow to interview Vladimir Putin. It turned out to be anything but an interview."

by Sead Dedovic
CNN's Chris Wallace Expresses Displeasure Over Carlson's Handling of Putin Interview
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After Tucker Carlson conducted an interview with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, there was a large number of reactions around the world.  What is particularly interesting is that It was Putin's first interview with Western media since his invasion of Ukraine two years ago.

Many aren't happy with Carlson and the fact that he decided to do an interview with a man who has been the target of criticism for two years, since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. 

In addition, many resent Carlson, given that he did not ask questions that could more clearly reveal Putin's intentions and reveal some other sides of the Russian leader's personality. 

Carlson knew that the interview with the Russian president would cause a lot of reactions, so he decided on this bizarre move. His colleagues decided to react, primarily CNN's Chris Wallace

Wallace is not happy with the way his former colleague conducted the interview. Wallace believes that Carlson must have a different approach.

“Tucker Carlson showed up in Moscow to interview Vladimir Putin. It turned out to be anything but an interview. Putin droned on for two hours and seven minutes while Tucker sat there like an eager puppy. Occasionally, but rarely, he got in a question."- Wallace said, as quoted by huffpost

Chris Wallace believes that Carlson lacked creativity and missed asking many questions that would have interested all viewers. Wallace thinks that Carlson should have posed questions about the invasion of Ukraine, the killing of civilians, and other crucial topics.

"But more telling than what Tucker asked is what he didn’t ask. Nothing about why Putin invaded a sovereign country, nothing about targeting civilians, nothing about Russian war crimes.”

When you're the president of a country in a two-year-long war, and everyone is watching, an interview with you can reveal a lot of interesting things. However, according to many, Carlson missed a chance to learn more about the Russian leader. It seemed like Carlson was only focusing on the positive aspects of Putin's personality, trying to make him look good. Most people feel this way.

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His colleague, Wallace had the opportunity to interview Vladimir Putin five years ago. According to many, that interview revealed much more, but it is particularly interesting what questions Wallace asked the Russian president. 

“A reporter can ask Putin a tough question if he wants a real interview,” Wallace said.

In that interview, Chris Wallace tried to find out what was behind Putin's decisions. One of the questions that Chris asked Putin is particularly interesting, which shocked many;

“Why is it that so many of the people that oppose Vladimir Putin end up dead or close to it?”

Wallace believes that Tucker Carlson had clear intentions of going to Moscow. According to many, Carlson ruined his image in the world after this interview. The world has absolutely no affinity for Putin after everything that has happened in the last two years. His political decisions caused frustration and anger not only among Ukrainians but around the world. 

The Russian leader is known for his rigid attitude, clear authority, as well as the fact that he wants his decisions to be respected. Although the Russian people will also feel the consequences of his invasion of Ukraine, Putin does not seem too worried about it.

"But apparently that's not why Tucker went to Moscow. During the Cold War, gullible Westerners who spread Soviet propaganda were dismissed as useful i****. But calling Tucker that is unfair, to useful *. No, he's made a cynical decision to chase MAGA's affection for dictators and what better way to cash in than Putin's Kremlin."- Wallace concluded.

A new opportunity for an interview and the personality of Vladimir Putin

It will be interesting to see if another representative from Western media will have the opportunity to interview Vladimir Putin. This person would need to ask more pointed questions to understand why Putin makes decisions that are often unpopular.

The Russian president has emphasized many times so far why he decided to invade Ukraine, but most believe that it is Putin's alibi for some other things. 

Be that as it may, at this moment the most important thing is for Putin to understand that this war is not leading any country to anything positive. However, Vladimir is known as a leader who never gives up on his goals, and hardly anyone can change his opinion and attitude at this moment. Stubbornness is one of the traits that characterize the Ukrainian leader.

We can hardly expect Vladimir Putin to be more clear about his goals at this moment. The Russian leader works secretly, creates his plans, and the future will best tell what Vladimir Putin's plans are.

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