Peter Barry Chowka

A familiar feature of Tucker Carlson’s nightly prime-time Fox News channel program is for Carlson to debate – and usually one-up – a representative of the political left.  On occasion, he has welcomed a liberal who seems to agree with or at least to buttress his own conservative position.

One such guest, who has been on the program a number of times in recent months, is Stephen F. Cohen, Ph.D., an American scholar and professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University.  Cohen, 78, is an unabashed liberal.  He is a contributing editor to The Nation, according to Wikipedia “the most widely read weekly journal of liberal/progressive political and cultural news, opinion, and analysis.”  Since 1988, Cohen has been married to Katrina vanden Heuvel, the longtime reliably left-of-center editor of The Nation.

On the occasion of President Trump’s first one-on-one meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Hamburg on July 7, Carlson welcomed Cohen as the second guest on his program the same evening.  Cohen is “an actual expert on the subject and a Russian speaker,” Carlson noted in his introduction.  In the four-and-a-half-minute-long segment, the experienced and independent-minded Cohen shredded many of the arguments put forward by the “resist” commentators and academics who were quick to dump on the Trump-Putin meeting as they have similarly jumped on the unproven Russia-Trump-collusion bandwagon since it took off last fall.

The video of the Carlson show segment with Cohen is highly recommended viewing.

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As heard on The Hagmann Report