Far-right Fox News host Tucker Carlson has come under fire for repeatedly promoting the talking points of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who recently invaded Ukraine, the fledgling democratic nation that broke from the U.S.S.R. in 1991.
In 2019, amid the earliest rumblings of Trump's first impeachment for withholding congressionally approved aid from Ukraine to pressure its President to open investigations into then-candidate Joe Biden's family, Carlson said he was rooting for Russia over the United States' ally.
Even as Putin was amassing troops at the Ukrainian border, Carlson downplayed the prospect of an invasion and suggested that American democrats were far greater enemies to the United States than Putin. Russian state media subsequently broadcast clips of Carlson's show as part of its propaganda.
Most recently, Carlson promoted the Russian state media's baseless claim that the United States is funding bio labs in Ukraine, and further claimed that the United States was harboring Soviet-era bioweapons found in these labs, heavily distorting the facts to make his case.
That didn't sit well with ABC News' chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl, who—in a recent interview with MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace—slammed Carlson for repeating Putin's talking points.
“What is sort of inexplicable here is that what is being said is almost a plagiarism of Vladimir Putin, and it's almost word for word what Vladimir Putin has been saying, not just now, but again for several years, and what he has said in making the argument to justify what's happening in Ukraine. ... I can't explain it. All I can say is that these are the facts. No, there's no evidence the United States is manufacturing biological weapons in Ukraine. These are not secret labs that were revealed. ... These are statements that are not only not true, but are precisely what is being said in Moscow by Vladimir Putin."
Social media users agreed.
But Karl isn't the only one pushing back on Carlson's propaganda.
Carlson continues to broadcast lies and speculation to millions of viewers on a nightly basis.