European Union lawmakers want to punish Tucker Carlson and the idea they’re kicking around is truly unhinged

Feb 16, 2024

Tucker Carlson recently shocked the world by showing up unannounced in Moscow, Russia and sharing that he’ll be interviewing Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The liberals of the world have been up in arms to see someone dare flaunt the pro-Ukraine-no-matter-what narrative.

Now offended European Union lawmakers want to punish Carlson and the idea they’re kicking around is truly unhinged.

Two Years of War

On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in an escalation of the conflict between the countries that began in 2014.

The invasion became the largest attack on a European country since World War II.

The United States and the Western world quickly denounced the invasion and moved swiftly to provide humanitarian and financial aid to Ukraine.

As the war progressed, conservative voices began expressing concern over the enormity of the taxpayer aid packages sent to Ukraine, especially as counteroffensive efforts appeared to be stalling.

Liberals and war hawks have nonetheless remained committed, and react with shock, bewilderment, and distrust to anyone not 100% in lockstep with the pro-Ukraine agenda.

Punishing a Journalist

This was their exact reaction upon hearing that Carlson voyaged on his own to Russia, and arranged to become the first Western journalist since the invasion to interview President Putin.

CNN’s Erin Burnett referred to him as “Putin’s mouthpiece.”

Former U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger called him a “traitor.”

Neocon Bill Kristol tweeted, “Perhaps we need a total and complete shutdown of Tucker Carlson re-entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

The European Union thought the exact same thing.

As reported by Newsweek, a number of EU lawmakers, both current and former, want the body to impose a “travel ban” on Carlson, presumably to prevent him from returning to the United States.

They are seeking this despite Carlson appearing to not have broken any laws, and for practicing traditional journalism.

Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister and current member of the European Parliament, has called to explore a travel ban, and told Newsweek, “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,” referring to the EU’s foreign policy arm.

An Assault on Journalism and Freedom of Speech

Calling for punishment of any kind on someone practicing journalism and breaking no laws is nothing short of an assault on freedom of speech, and a dangerous precedent.

When we start to penalize journalists for uncovering the truth and informing the public, we chip away at the very foundation of a free society and move in the direction of tyranny.

Furthermore, to undermine the freedom of the press is to undermine the democratic process itself, which is ironic considering the biggest critics of Carlson’s interview are those that effectively say, ‘don’t vote for Trump in order to save democracy.’

Carlson should be applauded for showing the world what it really means to be a journalist and for seeking a tough interview in the face of intense opposing pressure.

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