Why Tucker’s trip to Hungary has sparked outrage

Why Tucker’s trip to Hungary has sparked outrage, by Frank Furedi.

Led by the New York Times and the Washington Post, the mainstream American media have been outraged that Carlson decided to broadcast from Hungary last week, interviewing Orbán and generally sounding a positive note about the country and its government…

At first sight, this extensive coverage devoted to denouncing Carlson for his trip, and in turn the Hungarian government, appears positively bizarre. The title of an article published by Insider protests that ‘Tucker Carlson did PR for Hungary’s authoritarian leader, presenting the country as “freer” than the US’. Adopting a tone of outrage, the author of the article is at a loss to understand how anyone could have anything good to say about the government of Viktor Orbán. …

From this perspective, anyone who questions mainstream American elite assumptions about Hungary is guilty of a crime against humanity.

That Insider piece takes great exception to Carlson’s accusation that the US media have lied about the situation in Hungary….

Carlson’s critics took particular issue with his interview with Orbán, arguing that he gave the ‘Hungarian leader a platform to promote [his] worldview and bash his Western critics’. It is as if these people want to No Platform Hungary’s prime minister. They don’t seem to see the irony of denouncing Orbán for being ‘authoritarian’ while insisting that he be deprived of a platform to promote his ideas. Cancel culture has gone global.

The Western media’s over-the-top reaction to Carlson’s visit to Hungary is telling. They are clearly concerned that the propaganda war they have successfully fought to discredit the Hungarian government might be set back if ordinary Americans actually get to hear what Orbán has to say.

The globalist media have succeeded in establishing a cordon sanitaire around Hungary. … Consequently, the media’s version of events — which suggests that democracy is dead in Hungary, that its government is an authoritarian dictatorship, and that fascism is just around the corner — enjoys hegemonic status. This dishonest, politically motivated representation of Hungary is so powerful that if anyone dares challenge it they risk the accusation of serving the cause of right-wing authoritarianism or fascism. Even commentators at conservative Western publications have started to internalise this narrative.

For the first time in recent years, a representative of a major media organisation has bucked the trend. In effect, Carlson’s broadcasts from Hungary threaten to undermine the cordon sanitaire

Hungary is standing up for western civilization:

There is a lot at stake in the culture war being waged against Hungary. Hungary stands out as one of the few places that actively promotes and upholds the civilisational values of the West. In many respects, its values are antithetical to those of the Western cultural establishment.

Yet the sentiments that prevail in Hungary are the very ones that resonate with the outlook of millions of people throughout the Western world. That is why Hungary has become the target of so much animosity from the globalist media.

The stakes are also high because Hungary will face a General Election next year. And it appears that the people of Hungary will not be the only group involved in deciding the outcome of this election. In the coming months we will see the leaders of the EU, Biden’s State Department and a vast network of NGOs constantly intervening in the internal affairs of Hungary. They will do their best to de-legitimise the current government and attempt to isolate it — all in order to put pressure on the Hungarian electorate to vote against the current regime.

Here’s a short excerpt from Tucker Carlson’s speech in Hungary: “US is Great But Hungary Has More Freedom”

Full speech here.

Tucker for President? No, that’s not his job. He is more effective and influential at what he is doing now, running the most popular current-affairs show in the US — articulating, investigating and spreading opposition to the Marxist narrative.

hat-tip Stephen Neil