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Constantin von Hoffmeister reports on Tucker Carlson’s audacious return to the media scene with his new Twitter-based talk show, challenging mainstream narratives and disrupting the media landscape as we know it.

Reveling in his newfound freedom, former Fox News titan Tucker Carlson exploded back onto the media scene last night, launching his audacious new talk show on Twitter. In the wake of his unceremonious departure from Fox News, Carlson had pledged to deliver a digital version of his popular talk show – a promise he has fulfilled with gusto.

Carlson described Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky as “sweaty and rat-like, a comedian turned oligarch, a persecutor of Christians, a friend of Blackrock.”

The inaugural episode of this groundbreaking Twitter-based show kicked off with a bang as Carlson delved into the recent explosive reports revolving around the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in the Kherson region. As always, the establishment and its lapdogs in the media were quick to lay the blame at the feet of Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, Carlson, known for his sharp analysis and refusal to accept the establishment’s narrative, painted a different picture.

He detailed the history and strategic importance of the dam, pointing out that it was originally built by the Russian government and currently resided in territory under Russian control. Notably, the dam’s reservoir supplies water to Crimea, which has been home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet for over two centuries. It would not be a stretch, Carlson suggested, to think that the destruction of the dam might do more harm to Russia than Ukraine.

Further, Carlson reminded viewers that the Ukrainian government had previously contemplated destroying the dam. He argued that a fair person could conclude that it is plausible the Ukrainians might have had a hand in the sabotage.

Carlson described Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky as “sweaty and rat-like, a comedian turned oligarch, a persecutor of Christians, a friend of Blackrock.” He summed up the general view of the mainstream media by stating that “[o]f all the people in the world, our shifty, dead-eyed Ukrainian friend in the tracksuit is uniquely incapable of blowing up a dam. He’s literally a living saint, a man in whom there is no sin.”

Never one to shy away from naming names, Carlson then turned his sights on never-Trump pundit Bill Kristol. Known for his relentless criticism of Putin, Kristol was quick to brand the Russian president a war criminal. In Kristol’s world, Carlson noted wryly, the reasoning was simple: Putin is evil, and evil people do evil things purely for the joy of being evil. The possibility that Ukrainians might be responsible for the destruction of the dam, it seems, never crossed Kristol’s mind.

But Kristol was not the only one in Carlson’s line of fire. He also took aim at Senator Lindsey Graham and prospective presidential candidate Nikki Haley. Their blind and unwavering support for the Ukrainian war effort, even when it could potentially result in human suffering, came under sharp criticism.

Using his signature blend of wit and incisive commentary, Carlson held up their actions for scrutiny: “‘The Russians are dying; it’s the best money we’ve ever spent,’ Graham says as a smile spreads across his thin quivering lips as he forms the words. He looks like a starving man contemplating a breakfast buffet. The aroma of death has aroused Lindsay Graham.”

Diving further into the establishment’s narrative, Carlson pulled apart the faulty logic of the incessant call for unwavering support for Ukraine. The argument, he pointed out, is nothing more than a tautology: we must support Ukraine because Ukraine needs our support. No one, it seems, is allowed to question it. He did not hold back in his critique, calling out the establishment’s hypocrisy in dismissing any counter-arguments or alternative narratives: “So shut up and support Ukraine, or else you are in trouble.”

While tautologies were considered illegitimate arguments and “hilariously stupid” in the past, Carlson said that nowadays “everybody in power” speaks tautologically: “Diversity is our strength; trans women are women; Zelensky is Churchill.”

He said that most Americans today are “manipulated by lies” and “silenced by taboos.”

The episode was not just about Ukraine, though. Carlson also highlighted a tantalizing report of a whistleblower revealing the existence of a UFO retrieval program run by the US government. A story like this should be front-page news, a bombshell revelation. Yet, it seemed to have been swept under the carpet, while less consequential issues take center stage.

In a scathing critique, Carlson suggested that this was indicative of a larger problem. The establishment and the mainstream media, he argued, keep the public in the dark, limiting access to significant information. Meanwhile, we are allowed to debate endlessly on less critical issues. Dare to question something that really matters, and the powers that be swiftly move to silence you.

To conclude his triumphant return, Carlson drew parallels between his new platform on Twitter and the few voices of reason in the Soviet Union during the 1970s who actually knew what was going on in the world at the time. According to Carlson, today’s elite wants us to remain ignorant: “Stop asking how we got so rich; here’s another story about racism; go eat each other.” He said that most Americans today are “manipulated by lies” and “silenced by taboos.”

Carlson expressed hope that Twitter would prove to be a haven for free speech, devoid of the stifling gatekeepers of conventional media. “If that turns out to be false, we’ll leave,” he declared with characteristic defiance. But for now, he added, he was grateful for the opportunity to speak truth to power once again.

The novel format of Carlson’s show is a game-changer, reimagining the landscape of news commentary and bypassing the traditional media censors. It represents a kind of digital, underground news operation, a beacon of light in an era of establishment darkness.

The establishment’s response to Carlson’s grand re-entry was as predictable as it was immediate. Critics and detractors, clinging to their tired narratives, scoffed at the debut episode. However, Carlson’s devoted legion of followers, and others eager to see the mainstream media’s stranglehold on news dissemination broken, hailed the launch as a triumphant success.

It is a big win for free speech and a powerful counterpoint to the establishment’s monopoly on information.

Indeed, the view count for the debut episode skyrocketed, reaching over seventy million at the time of writing. This impressive number made a mockery of mainstream media viewership figures. Still, it is no surprise considering the immense popularity of the straight-talking Carlson and his refusal to kowtow to the mainstream media narrative.

Unsurprisingly, Elon Musk, the tech titan and owner of Twitter, celebrated Carlson’s move. He retweeted the debut episode to his 140 million followers, expressing enthusiasm for diverse political voices on his platform.

The conservative media world is abuzz following Carlson’s dramatic comeback. The former Fox News heavyweight seems poised to carve out a new path in the digital realm, providing a much-needed alternative to the mainstream media’s echo chamber. It is a big win for free speech and a powerful counterpoint to the establishment’s monopoly on information.

The stakes are high and the challenges are many. But if anyone can navigate this brave new world, it is Tucker Carlson. With his leap onto Twitter, Carlson is poised to lead a digital revolution, disrupting the mainstream media landscape in a way they never saw coming.

In these uncertain times, one thing is sure – Carlson’s unapologetic, straight-shooting style is back in full force. As he concluded his opening salvo, he promised his viewers that he would be back with more very soon. If this debut episode is any indication, the world of media commentary is set for a seismic shakeup.

With Tucker Carlson at the helm, there is no doubt it will be a journey worth taking. His sharp analysis, refusal to back down, and ability to cut through establishment nonsense promise to keep us all tuned in and ready for more.

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Constantin von Hoffmeister

Constantin von Hoffmeister studied English Literature and Political Science in New Orleans. He has worked as an author, journalist, translator, editor and business trainer in India, Uzbekistan and Russia. You can subscribe to his newsletter here:

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