Fox News host Tucker Carlson, as all other major media networks were airing the first televised hearing of the House select committee investigating January 6, bragged that his network wasn’t engaging in the propaganda.
And if you ask me, he’s right to do so.
Carlson pointed out that it says quite a bit about the “ruling class” that with every major crisis currently ongoing in this nation “the rest of us are getting yet another lecture about January 6th tonight.”
“From our moral inferiors, no less,” he added.
Carlson argued that by comparison to such violent outbreaks as the BLM riots in the summer of 2020, the Capitol riot was “a forgettably minor outbreak.”
You can bet there are plenty of people who will have heart palpitations over that description of the riot.
We’re not playing along with the January 6 show trial hearing. The whole thing is insulting. They are lying, and we’re not going to help them do it. https://t.co/GT9NLRN9D2 pic.twitter.com/PDT9g758br
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) June 10, 2022
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Tucker Carlson explained, rather succinctly mind you, why Fox News wasn’t airing the January 6 hearing live while others were breathlessly sharing it with their viewers.
“This is the only hour on an American news channel that won’t be covering their propaganda live,” Carlson said of the House select committee. “They are lying and we are not going to help them do it.”
Personalities at the other networks had spent time leading up to last night’s hearing criticizing Fox for not carrying the hearing live.
This picture shows only one network reporting the truth. It doesn’t show what you think it does. Lol
— Rusty 🇺🇸 (@rustyweiss74) June 10, 2022
The other networks and their reporters, of course, don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to refusing to air ‘newsworthy’ events.
Major media outlets repeatedly refused to air events in which former President Trump asked for air time – briefings on the border wall, and other official addresses for example.
Tucker Carlson: “If at any time in your life you’ve ever made fun of totalitarian regimes that broadcast lies into the homes of the population that they can’t turn off, take a look at that. That’s happening right now.” pic.twitter.com/9OrAexmUc5
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) June 10, 2022
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The Big Issues
Carlson noted that gas prices have doubled since the January 6 riot, drug overdoses in America have skyrocketed, the economy is careening off the tracks, and our nation is in a new Cold War with the potential for escalation.
All seemingly more newsworthy or hearing-worthy crises, in my view.
“Yet the other networks can’t be bothered to cover any of that tonight,” Carlson said. “Instead, they’ve interrupted their regularly scheduled programming to bring you yet another extended primetime harangue from Nancy Pelosi and Liz Cheney about Donald Trump and QAnon.”
“The whole thing is insulting,” he added. “In fact, it’s deranged and we’re not playing along.”
‘ABUSING THEIR POWER’: On @TuckerCarlson, former Congresswoman @TulsiGabbard blasts lawmakers for focusing on Jan. 6th hearing rather than addressing inflation and other pressing issues. pic.twitter.com/cRxRB9qLtQ
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 10, 2022
Listen to Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the chairman of the select committee, give the game away in comments to the media prior to the hearing.
“We want to paint a picture as clear as possible as to what occurred,” Thompson told reporters. “The public needs to know what to think.”
Telling people what to think is, exactly as Tucker Carlson described, propaganda.
Jan. 6 committee chair Bennie Thompson on public hearings: “We want to paint a picture as clear as possible as to what occurred. The public needs to know what to think. We just have to show clearly what happened on January 6.”
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 23, 2022
Rather than engaging in the public lecture from Congress directed at Trump supporters, Carlson laid out some facts you weren’t going to hear on the primetime, made-for-TV special.
The Fox News host pointed out that the “only person who wound up shot to death” that day was unarmed Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt.
Tucker Carlson Lists Off Some Of The Unanswered Questions About 1/6
-Law Enforcement Opening Doors To The Capitol
-Lies Told About Officer Sicknick
-Officer Byrd Killing Ashli Babbitt
-FBI Agents & DOJ Informants
-Kamala Lying About Location On 1/6
-Mystery Of The Pipe Bombs pic.twitter.com/Sw8jC5Z1yI
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) June 9, 2022
He went on to point out that the media and Democrats have consistently spread misinformation about the deaths that were supposedly caused by the January 6 riot.
Just this week, CBS News reporter Robert Costa told his audience that the House select committee hearing “will take Americans back to January 6, when an estimated 2,000 rioters breached the Capitol building, causing the deaths of five police officers.”
“In fact, precisely zero police officers were killed by rioters on January 6, not five, none,” Carlson corrected. “Not a single one.”
The five officers referenced by Costa protected the Capitol during their service, but none were killed on January 6th.
- Officer Brian Sicknick died of a stroke the day after the riot and his death was ruled by “natural” causes and not “hastened by an injury.”
- Officer Howard Liebengood died by suicide on January 9th.
- Officer Jeffrey Smith died on January 15th due to suicide.
- Officer Gunther Hashida was found dead on July 29th due to suicide.
- Officer Kyle DeFreytag was found dead by suicide earlier in July.
The Fox News host also pointed out that the committee isn’t going to tell the American people “how many FBI agents and assets were in the crowd that day and what were they doing there.”
You may recall that the FBI was heavily involved in the case involving an alleged plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
That case fell apart in April when two defendants were found not guilty, while charges against two others ended in a mistrial.
The New York Times described the results of the Whitmer kidnap case as “a major blow to the Justice Department, which during the Biden administration has made domestic terrorism one of its top priorities in the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.”
Why did the case fall apart? According to the Times, lawyers for the defendants had successfully argued the “supposed plot” had been “conceived and nudged ahead by a network of FBI agents and informants.”
The Whitmer “kidnap” plot was used to attack both Trump supporters and opponents of Whitmers ludicrous covid regime. Now a jury agrees that the whole thing was a concoction by the FBI. https://t.co/pTj61Xlw6S
— Alexander McKay (@WRAMckay) April 9, 2022
The Hill published a list of the “five most dramatic moments from the Jan. 6 hearing” following the charade. Topping that list were “Liz Cheney’s remarks.”
Liz. Cheney’s. Rem … zzzzz.
Oh, excuse me, I fell asleep for a brief moment.
‘EMBARRASSING’: @claudiatenney tears apart Rep. Liz Cheney during the #January6th committee hearing.
“Here she is currying favor with the Democrats because she has an obsession with Donald Trump.” pic.twitter.com/v2CDBgkdI1
— Newsmax (@newsmax) June 10, 2022
Cheney’s remarks were nothing more than the same anti-Trump diatribe that has been spilling out of her mouth for months on end.
“Those who invaded our Capitol and battled law enforcement for hours were motivated by what President Trump had told them: that the election was stolen and that he was the rightful president,” she said.
Trump, claimed Cheney, had “summoned the mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack.”
That was the most dramatic moment of last night’s hearing? Canned accusations that she and committee members have been making since January 7th, 2020?
Tonight we proved on @TuckerCarlson that Democrats on the #January6thCommittee want a two-tiered justice system in America. If you are progressive, riot all you want and question every election. If you are conservative, you’re going to rot in jail. https://t.co/pYO3mUuIQr
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) June 10, 2022
Last night was their big reveal and they fell flat on their faces.
The Red Wave is coming, Liz, Bennie, Adam … and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
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