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Mainstream Media Emerges as Biggest Loser of January 6 Hearings

AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

January 6
Adam Kinzinger, Representative of Illinois, and member of the January 6 committee.

Last week, an unprecedented twelve different TV channels suspended their prime-time lineup to show the first public hearing of the House “Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol.” While congressional hearings have been televised in some form since 1954, never before have mainstream media outlets been so actively complicit in promoting such an aggressively politicized narrative surrounding a hearing in a blatant attempt to shame Americans who hold certain political views.

In the days immediately following January 6, there was broad bipartisan condemnation of events at the Capitol and a real desire to determine what went wrong and who might be responsible. But Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) soon made clear that any investigation would be a strictly partisan endeavor. Rather than a legitimate inquiry into how a group of protestors managed to infiltrate the Capitol, Democrats intentionally designed the investigatory committee to be a cudgel against their political opponents.

Despite being formed as a “bipartisan” committee, Speaker Pelosi rejected two of the five GOP picks to sit on said committee. Doing so was entirely unprecedented and initially resulted in Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy calling for a complete boycott of the committee. As he said at the time, “Denying the voices of members who have served in the military and law enforcement, as well as leaders of standing committees, has made it undeniable that this panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows the Speaker is more interested in playing politics than seeking the truth.”

Nevertheless, the “bipartisan” committee was permitted to continue with seven Democrats and two avowed anti-Trump Republicans – Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

In the days leading up to the first public hearings, the American people learned the lengths to which Pelosi had gone to make this already partisan committee a public spectacle. For example, it was revealed that the committee had recruited former President of ABC News James Goldston to help produce the hearings. Goldston has previously produced shows like Good Morning America and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. According to Fox News, he intended to produce the January 6 hearings as a “blockbuster event.”

Such sensationalizing of public hearings has historically been frowned upon at best and outright condemned at worst. Yet, the news that a producer was doing just that for the January 6 hearings was praised by much of the mainstream media. One CNN legal analyst said that “we have to make a television show, and that’s why they hired a television professional.” CNN anchor Laura Jarrett agreed with this assessment, noting, “It shows you they want to make this compelling.”

The gambit initially paid off. Twenty million viewers watched the first session of the January 6 hearings, nearly half of the viewership of Biden’s State of the Union Address. But by the second hearing, viewership had dropped by 50% – clearly, viewers recognized the hearings for the political stunt that they were, despite all the window dressing Democrats had applied.

In addition, much of the mainstream media has uncritically amplified the coverage of the hearings without any substantive criticism or objective critical assessment. Usually, even in today’s polarized political climate, a public hearing involves some form of differing opinion, dissenting voice, or even a critical witness. Thus far, the hearing has been a relentless framing of January 6th around Donald Trump with no other factors considered. Many Americans have wondered why security was so lax at the Capitol, why intelligence communities failed to anticipate what happened, and how it was seemingly so easy for a large mob to gain access to the House and Senate chambers.

Yet the committee has instead entirely focused on the actions of former President Trump and White House aides, alleging an organized conspiracy to overthrow the government entirely – despite no evidence of any such plot existing. It seems that, on the core questions that most Americans want answers to, this committee will provide none.

This blatant partisan agenda raises new questions about media credibility at a time when mainstream outlets can least afford them. USA Today, for example, recently announced it had removed almost two dozen articles after learning that breaking news reporter Gabriela Miranda had fabricated multiple sources. Over at the Washington Post, culture reporter Taylor Lorenz has also come under fierce criticism for publishing the personal information of the creator of the “Libs of TikTok” Twitter account in an apparent attempt to intimidate her into silence. Other internal chaos has rocked other newsrooms, even as ratings are plummeting at mainstream outlets, a clear sign that viewers are growing disillusioned with their biased reporting and nakedly partisan agenda.

The January 6 hearings are likely to only accelerate this trend, and may ultimately prove for many Americans to be the final blow to media credibility.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.


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John
1 month ago

This was part of a plan to disqualify Trump and some other Republicans from holding office again. The obvious pivot after the red tsunami is to start making the case that Trump actually did win in 2020 which would then, per the 22nd amendment, make him ineligible for 2024. The GOP better not fall for this.

Jerry
1 month ago

These DemonRats are lower than whale schitt and that is in the bottom of the ocean. They will stoop as low as they can get hoping that they can block President Trump from running. They are angry that he defeated their “worshipped one”, Crooked hiLIARy.

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago
Reply to  Jerry

Mr. Trump also defeated the current embecile in chief that ran his campaign from his Delaware basement…
This explains the dog & pony show J6 select committee, comprised of all democrats with the exception of those ( 2 ) pathetic RINO’s, Adam Kinzinger & the blonde bimbo, Liz Cheney & nobody else was invited to the party for some strange reason…Every American of any & all political stripes knows full well what the J6 committee is all about, it is about removing Donald. J. Trump out of the possibility for running for president in 2024 for they are in absolute fear of the man…
Bill… :~)

InsanitySquared
1 month ago

Face it folks, Trump is done. Even if he is not criminally liable, he is at least somewhat responsible for the riot. Independents will never support him again. I say this as an Independent who voted for him in 2020. I can get behind somebody like DeSantis but I am a never Trumper now – and I was ridiculing the never Trumpers back in the day. Oh the irony. If Trump runs and, due to his large base like people who hang out here, wins the nomination of the Republican party, he will – most likely – lose again in 2024. Trump can become the Republican nominee because most Republicans are willing to look away when it comes to the J6 stuff. But that will not be the case for most Independents. I plan to vote Democrat if Trump is the Republican nominee. If it is somebody like DeSantis or anybody who is sane and untainted, I will be voting Republican of course as I don’t like Biden and his crew. But I can’t stand Trump and will vote against him. Oh, I live in a swing state too. I am sure I am not the only one with this line of reasoning – y’all better get out of your small echo chambers and promote sensible Republicans if you wanna have a shot at winning. Peace.

George
1 month ago

Why don’t you like Trump? Did he hurt your feelings? He kept Russia and North Korea in-line, There would be no War in the Ukraine, we would be exporting cheap oil and natural gas, inflation would be under 2%. The store shelves would be fully stocked, the country wouldn’t have shut down due to a virus that ran its course despite brain dead Biden and his cronies best efforts to stop it. Retirement plans would be fully funded, 401 k plans would be healthy etc, etc, etc. Are you better off with Trump or Biden and his cronies. Whenever I see a person in a car driving alone wearing a mask, I see a Biden voter.

Patriot Eric
1 month ago
Reply to  George

Oh, insanity is just a butt hurt anti-America, anti-Trumper!!

Patriot Eric
1 month ago

You are a complete and utter nincompoop! Trump won in 2020 & he will win again in 2024! Don’t go away mad kid, just go away!!

Guren Blonsky
1 month ago

I think that saying Never Trumper, is sending the message to democrats that should a Republican be elected that they don’t like, that their conduct (democrats) toward that person will net them the same results. Resist everything that a Repub does, smear, make up stuff, hold unwarranted and unjustified partisan hearings, pull in a Rhino, call it bi-partisan, and ruin reputations to get what they want. I am going to use part of a biblical phrase. “Let he among you is without sin, cast the first stone.” Remember you are dealing with a bunch of Washington Lawyer/liars, use which ever term is appropriate

gerald serlin
1 month ago
Reply to  Guren Blonsky

You mean RINO, not Rhino. Try to make sense when you post.

2004done
1 month ago
Reply to  gerald serlin

Spill-Czech NEVER gives up, A.I. is also the reason that Common-Core asserts teaching children to THINK FOR THEMSELVES is no longer necessary, only bestowing “self”-esteem on them will fix everything.

Bruce P
1 month ago
Reply to  gerald serlin

Split that hair geri. Did he hurt your feelings?

John
1 month ago

Interesting that you think you’re qualified to speak on behalf of independents and not just yourself. Very collectivist. Also collectivist that you regard Trump as a puppeteer who controls the choices individuals make. Do you then hold the Democrat governor’s and mayor’s responsible for the George Floyd and Jacob Blake riots since they made judgmental anti-police tweets before the facts were in? Do you embrace, foster, and promote sorting people into collectives based upon how much melanin they have in their skin or which tribe or caste they happened to be born into? Or do people actually have individual rights, personal accountability, and personal responsibility? If the latter is true, then Trump is not responsible for what any other individual chose to do on January 6.

MOCountry
1 month ago

I am not devoted to Trump, nor am I always happy with some of his responses to criticism, but he certainly made this country a better place, in more ways than one, while in office. I will never vote dimocrat again (last time was for Jimmy), regardless of who is on the ticket! If you actually vote dimocrat in the next presidential election and they “win”, you will deserve what you get!

gerald serlin
1 month ago

I want to see who the Libertarian Party nominates before I vote for a Dem. If that person is better for the USA than either of the two other candidates, I would vote for him/her. Dems are not the only resort for never-Trumpers.

Biden Sucks
1 month ago

Come on now… you’re not fooling anyone nobody with your claim that you are an “independent”. By stating that you will vote for the Democrat candidate if Trump is the Republican Party’s nominee for President shows us that you are full of malarkey.

Bill T
1 month ago

Maybe it’s me but I find it so extremely odd that Nancy Pelosi was warned of a possible uprising we’ll before January 6th . And was given more than ample time and the resources to protect the White House from any type of problem. Actually it’s our former president who ordered them to have the national guard in place and he was completely ignored by the progressive socialist democrats? This is nothing more than a staged lynching of our conservative Republican Party and our former president by these lying diabolical hypocrites. They’ll literally do anything regardless of the truth to push forward there Destruction of our freedoms and our our liberties. All of these so called happenings, Russian collusion ( Hillary belongs behind bars and for a whole lot more than a fake and hit job on our sitting president. This is a soap opera story and pencil neck should disappear forever. It’s such a farce that there actually burying themselves deeper and deeper every minute this convoluted story continues. Actually it’s showing just how corrupt and fake this entire so called insurrection is. The saddest part is an innocent young woman, unarmed and harmless was murdered in cold blood by a police officer at point blank range and he’s on television with Lester holt trying to make him a hero for his brave actions. Also innocent (totally framed) American citizens are behind bars and there lives are ruined because these Marxist haters of our country want to destroy them. God help this country right now. This is beyond despicable.

Dale
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill T

The President can only offer NG to States… The speaker of the House , for DC , only, order NG for DC. The President only makes rules and reg’s for NG.

William Smith
1 month ago

Lol , look at how desperate these losers are, they were given a chance and they abused and continue to abuse the power of the government. God has last say over everything and he will have justice over the mess you have created . The American people are tired of playing your corrupt witch hunt games, and you will be voted out this November with out any honor that include Killery and Obummer.

John
1 month ago

Main Stream Media has low to no credibility. Democrats have proven to be political hacks and not qualified to govern. This January 6 kangaroo court is so blatantly designed to try to destroy Donald Trump that it is having the exact opposite effect. Now more people than ever want Democrats out of office. They have lost all trust.

2004done
1 month ago
Reply to  John

But does the DNC (Dominion National Counters) want Democrats out? Even with all the “election integrity reforms” that we were promised, how many ‘paper-ballots’ and Voter-Identification laws have been passed?

Becky
1 month ago

To any person actually observing activity within the US and how our fake ‘media’ reported it, that media has had ZERO credibility since the mid 70s.
In the early 1970s our fake ‘media’ stopped all actual reporting and devolved into stupidity and opinionated bloviating.
I know of no newspaper or news broadcast that does actual ‘reporting’ of events any longer, unless it is trivia like highschool sports.
Believe NOTHING unless you see it yourself.

Harry Guzaliak
1 month ago
Reply to  Becky

My sentiments exactly ????

Harry
1 month ago

Nancy’s news hour = “0” !!

Where is Ray Epps ? The guy who begged people to take the Capital by force. Don’t expect any surprise from the FBI as they were involved!

John Jackson
1 month ago

I hate to say this but we have already lost this country and the only reason why is we have turned our backs to God. He is the only way we can survive this. We have let the left taking him out of everything and we just sit back and let them do it all. Well that day as come and as usual we will sit back and let them get away with it again. So don’t worry it’s not going to get better it’s just going to get worse and we have nobody to blame but ourselves

Harry Guzaliak
1 month ago
Reply to  John Jackson

AMEN!

Will
1 month ago
Reply to  John Jackson

Amen to that!

Wanda
1 month ago

The Nazi fake faux propaganda news is the greatest threat to America that has ever existed. They lie on every and they meet each day to get their “talking points”….ever notice that they repeat the exact same message on each station? They are a clear and present danger and we need to find a way to reign them in just like we need to reign in our usurping federal government.

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago
Reply to  Wanda

Agreed…
Bill… :~)

Becky
1 month ago
Reply to  Wanda

Pure Truth.

Denise
1 month ago

The lamestream “media” are bought and paid for shills who parrot what they’re told. The precious few who do tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth are about 2 or maybe 3. Interesting as well the so called “fact checkers” appeared on the scene when Trump was in office…all demorats of course…well with the occasional Rino lurking in the shadows IE: Mitch McConnell a traitor to this nation. Even now idiots that run “yahoo news” so aptly named, have again put “comments” back but censor if you tell the truth.
So same ole same ole….media in Hitler’s Germany did the same thing…forced the Jews to register their firearms and then came the Holocaust…
It takes effort to investigate, most prefer to sit in their recliners with a green tea and “sip the coolaid”.

2004done
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

Denise (Mitch McConnel is a traitor) Even traitors can occasionally help a little – McC blocked Garland from SCOTUS, before he approved him for non-lifeterm AG.

Larry W
1 month ago

It is a shame that folks can’t think for themselves, but that is exactly why the main stream media continues to exist. People think they can trust the media like we used to but that just isn’t the case anymore. Such a large percentage of the media are liberal thinking and today they are promoters of their beliefs instead of reporters of the truth.

teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 month ago

just like their bed fellows the dumos, the media are losers on everything

Bill
1 month ago

Great article. Enough of the news publicly stunts. Focus on Durham investigation , some one need to go to jail?

Michael Lewis
1 month ago

Democrats were behind passage of the Federal Election Campaign Act and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. Democrats tell us there is too much money in politics, the corporate voice has too much influence in elections and wealth has too much sway in politics.

After Watergate “We the People”, non-profits, political parties and PACs were regulated but the corporate media were exempted, because government could not infringe corporation’s 1st Amendment rights.

What happened to equal protection and rights under law? how does exempting the corporate voice and regulating citizen’s voice lessen corporate influence?

Before Federal Campaign laws there were 50 major news corporations in America. With the incentive to buy exemption now there only six major media corporations and they mostly lean liberal. Is this why the liberal Democrats only object to the voice of other than media corporations voice? But isn’t the corporate media dependent on the advertising dollars of other corporations?

What is the difference between editorials and news other than who pays for it? Would political parties take advantage of political leanings of corporate media to slant or spike the news? ROFLO.

Has the power of money in politics been overrated? The fortunes spent by billionaires in the 2020 election would indicate that is the case. Perhaps the flyover people are not as stupid as some politicians would like to believe?

The media corporations are just as corrupt and biased as their party masters!

Billionaire Bill Gates Uses Money to Shape the Media
AN INTERVIEW WITH
TIM SCHWAB

jacobin.com/2021/11/bill-gates-foundation
-jeffrey-epstein-divorce-journalism/

D.P.
1 month ago

My dear old dad, wisely stated, “when it comes to polititians and lawyers, don’t believe anything they say, and only half of what they show you.” Jan 6 committee is a case of liars lying for the sake of a lie. Don’t care to see or hear any of their guff…..hopefully, Americans have enough brains to see this is all a scam, a political sham, and has no value. The whole thing should be scrapped, the people in jail released and a clean up be done in light of the people who propagated this whole matter. Time to spend some effort and money on real issues about real problems in the real world……for example, the border, the economy, energy in dependence, et al.

Linda
1 month ago
Reply to  D.P.

aptly and well said

teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 month ago
Reply to  D.P.

bottom line – they hate Trump and are afraid of him. don’t want him to run again, even tho Trump is the real president!!!

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago

I find that statement a bit strange teresa…
Bill… :~)

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago
Reply to  D.P.

Well stated D.P…
Bill… :~)

Daniel P Bonner Jr
1 month ago

Truth wins in the end. The more exposure these Swamp Dwellers get the more sensible people will realize that the Committee is one big group of FRAUDS. They will soon suffer the consequences.

teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 month ago

i wish i could believe what you are saying – it seems that many supporters have turned a deaf ear bc of their hatred for President Trump – they don’t want to know the truth!

JD Kelley
1 month ago

What they are doing to Americans. Pelosi should be jailed just like all traders.

Richard
1 month ago

The USA is divided and will fall same as a cow with diapers on the moon bounce. Trump should start a blood mobile and a organ donor truck. In memory of Reagan administration

teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard

it’s not who is left or right – it’s who is right or wrong! common sense people know the left, dums, libs are wrong – how can anyone think their unlawful policies are ok – illegals, crime, sex, drugs, and so on and so on. the party of stupid and hypocrites

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