Nearly 20 million people watched on Thursday, June 9, 2022, the first day of the January 6 hearings at which the House Special Committee heard the results of its investigation into former President Donald Trump’s alleged role in the attack on the US Capitol televised.
“The audience that watched the first prime-time hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol was larger than expected. About 20 million people tuned in,” NPR reported.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said during the opening remarks that the attack on the US Capitol was directly related to Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen.
“The Jan. 6 attack was a direct and predictable result of Mr. Trump’s decision to use false allegations of voter fraud to overthrow the election and retain power,” Lofgren said during the televised hearing.
Here’s what you need to know:
Fox News was the only major cable news network that chose not to continuously cover the Jan. 6 House Select Committee hearing. The network offered coverage of the hearings, and Fox Business also reported continuously. NPR reported that some local Fox affiliates carried Fox Business’s coverage.
“Fox News star Tucker Carlson, for example, drew over 3 million viewers on Thursday, which was about average for him. On his show, Carlson featured visual images of the hearing, but he spent much of his show speaking to guests who criticized the process and tried to undermine its importance,” said NPR host Rachel Martin.
She went on to say that some Fox viewers could see the continuous coverage depending on where they lived.
“Well, in the market I live in, Florida — Tampa, St. Petersburg — Fox’s local affiliate ran Fox Business’s coverage. It was even possible for Fox fans to see continuous coverage of the hearing on their local Fox station in some markets,” she said.
Fox, in response to the ratings, published an article headlined “MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS Rush About Committee Hearing Jan. 6, Touting Ratings: “Big Deal”: ABC’s Joy Behar Praises “Theatrics ” the hearing of the committee on January 6.”
“Members of the liberal media have spent a great deal of time trying to convince viewers why they should tune in and how digestible the content is,” reads the article.
The committee’s third hearing on Wednesday, June 15, will focus on an alleged conspiracy by former President Donald Trump to influence or possibly replace the US Attorney General to lend legitimacy to false election claims, according to The Washington Post. The Post reported that Jeff Rosen, then-US Attorney General, will testify along with his deputy Richard Donoghue and Justice Department official Steve Engel. The testimony of the three men is scheduled for the morning of June 15th.
“Rosen was the nation’s top law enforcement official during Trump’s final days in office. He was pressured by Trump allies to send a Justice Department letter to state officials about false allegations of voter fraud — thereby giving them legitimacy — and declined,” the Post reported.
Each hearing day will feature a theme, the Post reported. The subject of Wednesday’s hearing is to provide evidence that Trump “corruptly plotted” to replace acting Justice Department officials with people who were his allies.
The hearing will resume on the fourth day, Thursday 16 January at 1pm. The formal timeline for subsequent hearing dates has not yet been announced.
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