Viktor Orbán tells CPAC the path to power is ‘to have your own media’

Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán told a conference of American conservatives that the path to power required having their own media, calling for shows like Tucker Carlson’s to be broadcast “24/7 /7”.

Orbán, recently elected to a fourth term, presented a 12-point plan to achieve and consolidate power at a special meeting of the American Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), under the slogan “God, Fatherland, Family “, held in Budapest.

The Hungarian Prime Minister said that with its fourth election victory on April 3, Hungary was “completely cured” of “progressive domination”. He suggested it was time for the right to join forces.

“We have to take over the institutions in Washington and Brussels. We have to find allies in each other and coordinate our troop movements,” Orbán said.

He told Republicans at the Balna conference center on the banks of the Danube that media influence was one of the keys to success. In Hungary, the prime minister and his allies effectively control most Hungarian media, including state television.

“Have your own media. This is the only way to underline the folly of the progressive left,” he said. “The problem is that the Western media is adjusted to the leftist point of view. Those who taught journalists in universities already had left-progressive principles.

He described the US media as being dominated by Democrats, who he said were “served” by CNN, The New York Times and others.

“Of course the GOP has its media allies, but they can’t compete with the mainstream liberal media. My friend, Tucker Carlson is the only one stepping forward,” he said. “His show is the most popular. What does it mean? That means shows like his should be on the air day and night. Or as you say 24/7.

Carlson had been featured as a key speaker at the CPAC conference, but the Fox News talk show host only sent a 38-second video message, in which he touted Hungary under the Orbán government as a model for the United States.

“I can’t believe you’re in Budapest and I’m not,” he said. “What a wonderful country. And you know why you can say it’s a wonderful country? Because the people who have made our country a much worse place are hysterical when it’s pointed out to them.

“The last thing they want is some kind of signpost to a better path, and Hungary certainly provides that,” Carlson added. “A free, decent and beautiful country that cares about its people, their families and the physical landscape.”

Journalists from international media including The New Yorker, Vox Media, Vice News, Rolling Stone and The Associated Press were denied access to the event despite months of requests. The organizers either ignored their requests for accreditation or told them to “watch the event online”.

Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union which runs CPAC, said the central European country was the right place to start a conversation about Europe.

Orbán’s 12-point action plan also included points on faith, “because the absence of faith is dangerous” and the importance of countering “LGBT propaganda” which was “still new in our country but we have already destroyed it”.

Friday’s second day of CPAC is set to begin with a “surprise video message” that some speculate will come from Donald Trump, who was also a guest at the event. The program also includes Candace Owens, described as “Trump’s favorite influencer”, video messages from Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, Santiago Abascal, chairman of Spain’s Vox party, and Zsolt Bayer. , a pro-Orbán pundit who once called Roma “animals,” called Jews “stinky excrement” and used racial slurs against black people during BLM protests.

Marine Le Pen, a presidential candidate for France’s far-right National Rally, was announced as a speaker on Monday, but the post disappeared from the organizers’ Facebook after a few hours and her name was removed from the CPAC Hungary website.

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