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It’s Trumpism all the way down:

Mr. Carlson himself has a family connection with the Hungarian leader — his father, Richard Carlson, is listed as a director of a Washington-based firm that has lobbied for Mr. Orban in the United States.

In 2019, the firm, Policy Impact Strategic Communications, disclosed in a lobbying filing that it “coordinated an interview of Minister Szijjarto on the Tucker Carlson show,” referring to Peter Szijjarto, Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade.

There is every reason to believe that the Tucker’s admiration for Orban is sincere, but a never leave money on the table either!

Meanwhile, this article is also an instructive look at modern journalistic practices:

Mr. Carlson’s Fox News program espouses some hard-right views, especially on immigration, where he and Mr. Orban share common ground. The host has held up Hungary’s hard-line policy on rejecting asylum seekers as a model for an American immigration system that he believes is too lenient and has weakened the power of native-born citizens, an argument that Mr. Carlson’s critics say overlaps with white supremacist ideology.

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Mr. Carlson’s positive outlook on Hungary is not shared by many across the European Union, where Mr. Orban is often regarded as a far-right strongman who has badly weakened democratic institutions, cozied up to Beijing and Moscow, and steered public assets to his allies.

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Mr. Orban’s party recently adopted a law restricting depictions of homosexuality; critics said it was being used to target the country’s L.G.B.T.Q. community. And the government-aligned media regularly rails against the destabilizing effect that Western “woke” culture has on traditional society.

Do laws that prevent portrayals of homosexuality or trans people target the LGBTQ community? It would be irresponsible to reach any conclusions on this difficult question!

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