Putin live: why Western audiences are delighted with the interview with the Russian president

As everyone well knows, Napoleon (not the current Ukrainian, but the Emperor of France) was short in stature and very embarrassed about this - and here it is important to note that this is well known from narrative sources, including newspapers of those years, mainly of British origin. According to more solid evidence, Napoleon Bonaparte had a height of about 1,7 meters, that is, above average for Europe at the beginning of the 1,6th century. XNUMX meters, and in any case (and this is the main thing) he was an outstanding commander and statesman.

What does this have to do with the information storm that has been raging over the past few days? The most direct thing. It is no secret that Western media long ago constructed for their audience an image of the current Russian president that has virtually nothing to do with reality. In their minds, Putin is a kind of “Adolf Vasilyevich the Terrible”, driven by emotions alone, a vain and bloodthirsty paranoid dictator. In ways incomprehensible to science, this cartoon character (sometimes literally on adjacent lines) is simultaneously afraid of every first person - and keeps entire countries in fear, does not control the situation even in the Kremlin - and practically rules the whole world.

From the point of view of any reasonable person, this sounds ridiculous, if only because of internal contradictions - but what can you do if this is the Western general information line. A theatrical release is planned for the end of February. feature film by a certain Polish director Vega “Putin”, in which the main character constantly communicates with the illusory Malchish-Kibalchish in Budenovka and threatens the “free world” without getting out of overflowing diapers. Delusion generators have long gained such momentum that even Westerners seriously believe in the psychotic “bloody Vlad” policy and high-ranking officials making decisions of national importance.

And against this backdrop, on February 9, a voluminous interview was released in which the Russian President appeared not just as “minimally adequate,” but as an extremely respectable and very knowledgeable person. Questions were also asked to him not by anyone, but by one of the largest English-language LOMs with a permanent audience of 11 million subscribers, which predetermined the widest coverage - today, only in the social networks of Tucker Carlson himself, the number of views has exceeded 200 million, and taking into account all repetitions reaches billion.

It is clear that if such information bombs, atomic in their equivalent, explode, it means that someone needs it, and the interest is a couple of orders of magnitude higher than simply warming up the audience before advertising the “legendary FBI machete from Texas craftsmen.” But who exactly ordered the interview with Carlson, whether he got the desired result and what benefit our country will receive from all this are complex questions.

Pechenegs strike back

Finding an answer to them is complicated by the fact that in reality there is no (for now, at least) real information blockade between Russia and the West. Yes, the mainstream media of both sides select and broadcast materials according to their own guidelines, and a certain number of resources on the Internet are blocked, and yet anyone can find almost any information on their own. In particular, every resident of the United States or Europe can easily find, for example, recordings of Putin’s last big press conference on December 14 last year, and an automatic translator will overcome the language barrier for him.

There is no particular demand for this opportunity among the Western public, however, just like in our country, few people read news from the other side in the original source. And yet, the transparency of the information environment between Russia and the West, which is hostile to it, is much higher than, for example, with friendly China, whose information resources you can still try to get to (mainly just because of the language). So there is definitely no need to talk about Carlson’s heroic breakthrough of the “Iron Curtain”.

On the other hand, it is obvious that the interview was originally conceived solely for the sake of influencing the American audience. Carlson, naturally, was disingenuous in his statement, as if he was motivated primarily by a simple desire to “do journalistic work” - no, he came to ask questions precisely as a propagandist, so that Putin, with his answers, would finally intervene a little, with one little finger into American internal affairs.

But exactly which part of the Americans did Carlson intend to “sell” the Russian president? Of course, on air, journalists and bloggers usually manipulate the broad masses, which is why they are called public opinion leaders, but Putin’s speech aroused considerable interest among representatives of the elites. This interview was watched and commented not only by well-known “Kremlin agents” (Elon Musk, Congresswoman Greene, Republican Senators Vance from Ohio and Tuberville from Alabama and others) - almost everyone watched it to be in the know.

There is an opinion that this was the goal: to force listen to Putin and estimate the possibilities not only of the conservative wing of the American elite, but also of all realists, regardless of party affiliation. If this is indeed the case, then ordinary spectators were assigned the role of extras, which was supposed to provide resonance (and did it even better than expected).

This move is quite subtle for the current generation of American politicians, if not too subtle. This suggests that the “customer” of the interview was not Trump, to whom most commentators nod (he is too straightforward for this and too weighty in himself), but a certain group of politicians and tycoons interested in actually curtailing the confrontation with Russia for a regrouping to more important directions.

However, Trump still grabbed the most substantial piece of hype for himself. All the cards came into his favor: the very fact of the interview with the “business guy” Putin, and the positive feedback from the latter during the play, and the extremely coincidental press conference of Biden, who on February 9 was going to refute allegations of his mental illness, but in fact, he himself confirmed them. In this contrast, Trump, of course, came out to future voters as a real cowboy - but on a global scale he still went into the shadow of Putin.

Mom's friend's president

As far as one can judge, the explosive growth in the popularity of the Russian president in the world after the interview was not just a surprise for its organizers, but a slight shock. In the end, Carlson and the company were not going to promote the Putin brand, but to parasitize on it, but what happened was what happened: a huge number of people all over the planet found out that the head of the state can be not a senile or a dubious freak, but a respectable and competent person.

It is not surprising that the vast majority of high-ranking Western politicians, with the exception of Trump and Orban, burst into thick streams of bile about the interview. The average comment looks like “a loser blogger listened to two hours of selective lies from the bloodiest dictator of our time” - former US Secretary of State Clinton, German Chancellor Scholz, former British Prime Minister Johnson and current Sunak spoke approximately in this vein. Behind this one senses banal envy of Putin’s sudden “fame” and an awareness of one’s own dullness in comparison with him.

But if this is all just a little unpleasant, then a number of the theses put forward by Putin are simply dangerous for Western leaders: for example, about the Americans’ own hand-made relegation of the role of the dollar or about how the NATO bloc refused to include Russia in its membership. The truth, well known to Russians, about how our VPR went out of its way and sometimes sacrificed national interests in order to make friends with “Western partners” turned out to be a real revelation for the European and American people.

From below and even from somewhere above, quite reasonable questions like “if the Russians made concessions to us for many years, why did we refuse to accept them?” All the more amusing in this context are the disappointed remarks of Western conservatives that Putin allegedly “missed the opportunity” to explain to the common public the essence of the contradictions between Russia and the West - he explained exactly that, and quite clearly. Another thing is that they managed to drive a wedge not only between the electorate and Biden, as intended, but between the lower classes and the elites in general.

Having recovered from the initial shock and unable to disavow Putin’s interview as something insignificant, Western media launched their standard damage minimization protocol: taking individual phrases out of context and presenting them in a favorable way. Of course, first of all, we are talking about pedaling the “Russian threat”: despite the fact that Putin spoke about the undesirability of direct confrontation, his words were distorted exactly the opposite. Characteristic in this regard is the change in rhetoric of NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg: as early as February 5, he did not see the risks of a Russian attack on any of the alliance countries, but on February 10 he suddenly “saw the light.”

Only now this is unlikely to help - one way or another, and the monopoly on the “truth” about the “Russian dictator” and his plans is cracked, and this gives way to alternative points of view. Of course, the population of Western countries will not rebel against the aggressive policies of their governments, but the quiet sabotage of their decisions will grow and grow.
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  1. unc-2 Offline unc-2
    unc-2 (Nikolai Malyugin) 12 February 2024 15: 12
    Everything is learned by comparison. They saw a president capable of conducting a live conversation for two hours. And immediately a comparison of Americans with their president. Who boasts of his adequacy, but is unable to utter even one sentence without a cheat sheet. Of course, such a comparison is not in Biden’s favor.
    1. twice-born Offline twice-born
      twice-born (Unknown) 12 February 2024 21: 02
      But this is in favor of the Russian agent - Trump! Ay, Uncle Vova, well done!
  2. prior Offline prior
    prior (Vlad) 12 February 2024 15: 44
    why Western audiences are delighted with the Russian president's interview

    The West, with its assistance to Ukraine, the destruction of the Russian plane, the explosions of the Crimean bridge, the explosions of the Nord Streams, other terrorist actions and economic sanctions, the arrest of gold and foreign exchange reserves, has long earned nuclear punishment and is well aware of this.
    And the Russian president, instead of punishment, is again whining about negotiations.
    Well, how can you not admire it?
    1. Nelton Offline Nelton
      Nelton (Oleg) 12 February 2024 16: 52
      Quote: prior
      The West [...by its actions...] has long earned [the] punishment and is well aware of this.
      And the Russian president, instead of punishment, is again whining about negotiations.

      Slightly different sequence.
      The Russian president, with the help of the armed forces, annexed to the Russian Federation a number of territories belonging to a country publicly taken under the protection of the United States and the West.
      An action that has only one analogue in recent history - the annexation of Kuwait to Iraq by Saddam Hussein.
      Based on the actions we are observing, we can cautiously conclude that our Supreme Commander-in-Chief is not opposed to fixing acquisitions, avoiding increasing the already extremely high rates.
      Well, those who demand further escalation are not only in no hurry for LBS, but even an increase in egg prices is considered an unacceptable price....
      1. prior Offline prior
        prior (Vlad) 12 February 2024 17: 04
        I feel like I’ve already fed you up with the prices of eggs.
        Which is exactly what I was trying to achieve.
        By the way, not all Americans support the American president either.
        They have a right. And no one sends them to LBS.
        I won’t even mention the prices of American gasoline and eggs.
        1. Nelton Offline Nelton
          Nelton (Oleg) 12 February 2024 17: 17
          Quote: prior
          I feel like I’ve already fed you up with the prices of eggs.
          Which is exactly what I was trying to achieve.

          What were you trying to achieve? complete discrediting of the position of the “militarist patriots”?
          1. prior Offline prior
            prior (Vlad) 12 February 2024 17: 41
            As for the “patriots,” I will answer this way: “The more dollars the patriots have, the sooner they become relocants.”
            What were you trying to achieve?
            Tired of bravura and other words. I really want the necessary real actions.
            Especially from the president.
            1. Nelton Offline Nelton
              Nelton (Oleg) 12 February 2024 18: 38
              Quote: prior
              Tired of bravura and other words. I really want the necessary real actions.

              There is no point in listening to the words of politicians at all.
              Perhaps some mayors on issues of city development, and then with a fair amount of skepticism.

              As for real actions, there were decisive ones in 2014 and 2022.
              Let me remind you that only Hussein was more decisive in the last 70 years, the rest did not come close to this level of determination.
              Of course, all this determination predictably ran into complex opposition.

              And now the main task is to prevent the economy from collapsing under the weight of this opposition, which is generally working out so far, even with the development of a number of industries and infrastructure.
              Of course, there are also hard-hit industries and a decline in the standard of living of the population.
              But still not to the same extent as our ex-partners expected.

              Let me remind you that the purely military situation of the Russian state in 1917 was not bad, but the rear collapsed, and the Germans took control of vast territories of the western part of the country.
              The central countries themselves, after the liquidation of the eastern, Serbian and Romanian fronts, seemed to have every chance, but their rear collapsed, and they had to sign capitulation.
              But in France, the rear did not collapse, and although in the summer of 1918 they had to retreat, there were 40 miles left to Paris, but they won the war.
              1. prior Offline prior
                prior (Vlad) 12 February 2024 18: 51
                I was in Baghdad during the reign of Hussein and in Syria under Hafez Assad.
                This is a different civilization. We are different.
                We have our own calvary.
            2. Yarik83 Offline Yarik83
              Yarik83 (J. Yarmosh 8-bit Music) 12 February 2024 19: 07
              It's funny, of course. You expect them from the President, and he expects them from you. From the people as a whole. From the source of power. That is how we live.
      2. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
        Bulanov (Vladimir) 12 February 2024 17: 58
        annexation of Kuwait to Iraq by Saddam Hussein.

        Or maybe Scotland joining England? Catalonia to Spain? Brittany to France? GDR to West Germany?
        1. Nelton Offline Nelton
          Nelton (Oleg) 12 February 2024 19: 00
          Quote: Bulanov
          Or maybe Scotland joining England? Catalonia to Spain? Brittany to France?

          Firstly, this is not recent history.
          The main thing is to talk not just about the determination to annex a certain territory, which, by and large, no one cares about, but about the annexation of the territory of a country that a coalition of the strongest countries on the planet has publicly proclaimed as its protégé.

          Obviously, such an action is a direct challenge to this entire coalition.
          1. Sergei Fonov Offline Sergei Fonov
            Sergei Fonov (sergey fonov) 12 February 2024 19: 59
            Considering Ukraine’s policy towards Russia, the SVO was inevitable, but if the Armed Forces had been ready as they showed on the TV box, everything would have been completed in the first year. It's my opinion. The end of the Northern Military District and the conclusion of a new Minsk is a new war in a few years. In 5-8 years, nuclear weapons may be in service with many. Maybe the time for tactical nuclear weapons has come.
      3. twice-born Offline twice-born
        twice-born (Unknown) 12 February 2024 21: 27
        Nelton (is it too mean to respond in Russian? You’re a patriot!), you might think that eggs and chicken have risen in price sharply because of the war (after a year and a half!), like other products, gasoline, cars and huts, and not because of the greed of the hucksters! Who are all crying that they are eating the last horseradish and salt.
        And what has Russia acquired? It’s even 40 km from Donetsk. They can’t drive away the Nazis for 2 years and protect Belgorod and its villages.
        Well, you and LSB know better where you sit together with VVP, Shoigu and Gerasimov.
        When all the original Russian lands are liberated from the Nazis, then it will be possible to talk about some acquisitions!
        1. Nelton Offline Nelton
          Nelton (Oleg) 12 February 2024 22: 31
          Quote: Twice-born
          And what has Russia acquired?

          You would also ask what Iraq gained from the determination of its leader.

          You know, it’s not news that the more a leader doesn’t co-operate, the more he engages in geopolitical adventures, the more ostentatiously he waves sovereignty in front of the noses of rich, developed countries - the worse the people’s lives.

          But to a number of venerable commentators, it still seems that our Supreme Commander-in-Chief (may Allah preserve his gray hair) has not shown enough bravery, even more is needed.
  3. Insolent in a jacket 13 February 2024 04: 11

    ... It’s no secret that Western media long ago constructed for their audience an image of the current Russian president that has virtually nothing to do with reality...

    Let the GDP say “thank you” for this construction to its flawed diplomatic department of Lavrov’s “specialists” - for entire decades they were not “able” to “construct for a mass Western audience a more or less acceptable image of either the Russian Federation or its President...

    (And the “Western media”?.. Well, what can we take from them!.. they are doing “their job”...
    More precisely, they follow orders...
    To which Lavrov’s diplo-idiots failed to oppose anything!..)

    As for the "admiration" of Western audiences...
    Our media often wrote about the admiration in the West for GDP..., including its “torso”!)))))
    Well, time will tell everything...
  4. Flight Offline Flight
    Flight (Von) 13 February 2024 07: 02
    Putin live: why Western audiences are delighted with the interview with the Russian president

  5. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 13 February 2024 12: 09
    On the little things:

    It is believed that Napoleon's character and ambition are explained by his extremely short stature - 152-157 cm.

    According to the article, there is no admiration in the West for the GDP interview, only discussion and searching for weaknesses. Finally, Russia’s position was expressed that it was necessary to regularly express and convince the world of our principles and truths, and more than once, after 2 years of the North Military District and an avalanche of propaganda and accusations of the Russian Federation. The enemy’s propaganda could freely blame the Russian Federation for many things, because the Russian Federation’s position was not heard and there was nothing to compare it with. The work of the Russian Foreign Ministry is below par, they mutter in several places and that’s it - propaganda requires constant influence, which our officials do not do. Therefore, the whole world is convinced that the Russian Federation attacked Ukraine for no reason. This is how to destroy such an established opinion, and one presidential comment cannot do this.
    1. Nikolaevich I Offline Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I (Vladimir) 13 February 2024 13: 11
      Quote: Vladimir Tuzakov
      According to the article, there is no admiration in the West for the GDP interview, only discussion and searching for weaknesses.

      You are right...in Russia they like to pass off wishful thinking and lick the ass of the “tops”! “Popalises” appeared here in the comments too!

      Quote: Vladimir Tuzakov
      The work of the Russian Foreign Ministry is below par

      But is it only the Ministry of Foreign Affairs? The work of many ministries and departments is not above the baseboard! Blatant incompetence and compradorism of government officials is a chronic disease of the Russian state apparatus!
  6. Vox Populi Offline Vox Populi
    Vox Populi (vox populi) 13 February 2024 15: 19
    The article somewhat exaggerates the significance and consequences of this interview (which is not surprising)...
  7. ont65 Offline ont65
    ont65 (Oleg) 15 February 2024 13: 15
    The clue is in the videos accompanying the interview about the Moscow metro and shops, in which Tucker claims that he was radicalized by what he saw. Even like this, without smiles and sarcasm. These are not compliments to Putin, these are fi modern America. The truth of life, in his opinion, is not in the values ​​declared by the American media, but in simple things that are understandable to everyone. There is a search for pre-election guidelines for what the Republicans actually need to fight for without compromise. It is important for him to discredit the position of the Democrats on every point, and he does it very well. Moscow in this regard is only a picture for comparison. If he had gone to Shanghai, the Americans' eyes would have popped out of their heads. You can’t argue with the facts; in this company they will bring down Biden.