After his departure from Fox News in April, Tucker Carlson made a triumphant return with the premiere of his show “Tucker on Twitter” on Tuesday, signaling a new chapter in his career.
Despite ongoing negotiations to leave Fox News, where his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” held top ratings, Carlson’s final episode aired on April 21, followed by an abrupt cancellation. However, he assured his followers on Twitter that his show would make a comeback in some form.
During the premiere of his new show, Carlson wasted no time addressing the recent demolition of the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine, which he described as an “act of terrorism.”
The collapse of a section of the dam on Tuesday, along with a hydropower plant, caused the Kakhovka reservoir to drain, resulting in devastating flooding downstream. Emergency workers from Ukraine and Russia carried out rescue operations, saving thousands of people. Both countries have engaged in blame games, holding each other responsible for the dam’s collapse.
The Kakhovka Dam, situated on Russian territory, served as a vital source of drinking water for a significant part of southern Ukraine and the annexed Crimea region. Additionally, the reservoir supplied water to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant for cooling its reactors. However, concerns arise as an artificial lake near the plant may dry up in the coming months.
While the dam’s destruction has severe implications for Ukraine, Carlson highlighted that Russia would suffer even greater consequences. He referred to a Washington Post article from December, discussing drills conducted by the Ukrainian military as preparation for destroying the dam.
As more information unfolds about the cause of the dam’s collapse, Carlson asserted that “any reasonable person” would conclude that the Ukrainians were likely responsible for the incident.
Carlson went on to criticize the “American media” for swiftly accusing the Russians of sabotaging their own infrastructure without critical examination. He also targeted Sen. Lindsey Graham and Nikki Haley, a former U.N. ambassador and current Republican presidential candidate, for their support of Ukraine.
Expressing disappointment with the media and public figures for accepting claims without proper scrutiny, Carlson stated, “The media aren’t just uninterested in this topic; they aggressively oppose everyone who is. Curiosity is the cardinal sin of journalism.”
Promising a controversial show, Carlson emphasized that he would continue hosting it on Twitter as long as the platform maintains its status as a free speech zone.
With Twitter as our newfound medium, we hope it becomes the modern equivalent of a bedside short-wave radio. As of now, we have been informed that no security personnel were present, and if that turns out to be untrue, we will reconsider our position. Nevertheless, Carlson expressed gratitude for their current circumstances.