If Jan. 6 Group Evidence Accumulates, Conservative Media Doubles Up

After Jan. 6 final summer committee hearings last week, a conversation on the set of CNN and MSNBC turned into an intriguing if familiar possibility of what could happen as a result of the commission’s withdrawal. The prosecution of former President Donald J. Trump was not only justified, but more than likely, according to many experts, given the evidence of his inaction when rioters ransacked the Capitol.

If it looked like deja vu, more of Mr. Black’s predictions. Trump’s impending fall — the reaction to the hearings from pro-Trump platforms seemed new, reflecting what his praetorian guard from the friendly media went to to rewrite the brutal history of that day.

Even with the committee’s vivid portrayal of Mr. Trump’s inability to intervene has resulted in two influential outlets on the right, New York Post as well as Wall Street Magazineto denounce him over the weekend, many leading conservative media figures continued to promote a more embellished narrative about Yang. November 6, 2021. They turned the Capitol police into villains and claimed the existence of a government conspiracy to criminalize political dissent.

Mark Levin, the talk show host, scoffed at the idea that Mr. Trump was trying to cancel the election or provoke an uprising. If he had, Mr. Levine explained during an appearance on Fox News as other networks broadcast the hearings livethe former president would have taken more direct steps, such as ordering the arrest of Vice President Mike Pence or firing the attorney general.

“You would have thought that with all the talk of crime they would show us,” Levin said, speaking to Fox News Thursday night. “There is nothing,” he added. “Absolutely zero evidence that Donald Trump was involved in an attempt to forcefully overthrow our elections or our government. Literally nothing.”

And to clarify exactly what he meant, Mr. Levin read from the section 14th amendment it states that anyone who “participated in rebellion or insurrection” is prohibited from holding federal office.

That’s why the media kept calling Yang. 6 “uprising,” Mr. Levin explained.

(The author of this article is a contributor to MSNBC.)

In fact, part of the right-wing message to Trump supporters is this: You may have recoiled in horror at first about what you think happened at the Capitol, but the mainstream media has misled you.

“What’s strange is that when I talk to these people, their aversion to the media is because of Yang. 6 is stronger now than it was a year ago,” said Joe Walsh, a former Republican congressman and radio personality who left the party over its unwavering support for Mr. Trump. Trump. When the commission presented its evidence, M. Walsh added: “Half the country didn’t care and thought it was a hoax.”

Dissonance can be confusing. The same Fox News anchors who begged the chief of staff to stand up for the president or risk “destroying his legacy” like Laura Ingram put it down in a message to Mark Meadows in January. 6 are now accusing the mainstream media of exaggerating events at the Capitol.

The conservative narrative often relies on grains of truth about incomplete or inconsistent statements by law enforcement and witnesses—typical of any such lengthy investigation—that Mr. Trump’s media allies then exaggerate.

One of the most influential right-wing journalists who supported Mr. Trump after Jan. No. 6 – Julie Kelly, author of the website American Greatness, whose articles have been featured in major conservative media outlets such as Fox News. For more than a year now, Mrs. Kelly has questioned the seriousness of the attack and downplayed the deaths of police at the scene that day.

An early report from Capitol Police Jan. 6 said Brian Siknick, an officer, died after collapsing from injuries sustained “during physical interaction” with pro-Trump rioters. An autopsy later revealed that he died of natural causes after suffering. multiple stripes hours after the attack.

Mrs. Kelly and others seized on the results, often not acknowledging that the officer had been attacked and sprayed with an unknown chemical irritant by the rioters, or accepting the possibility that the injury he sustained played a role in his condition, which the medical examiner noted. “Siknik didn’t die as a result of something that happened on January 6th” she stated in April in an article titled “Protect the Capitol Police.” “But that doesn’t stop the Capitol police from continuing to spread the lie that Trump supporters are responsible for his death,” she said. Kelly added.

Mrs. Kelly did not respond to an email asking for comment.

Another way conservative media members have attacked the Capitol police is by claiming that the notion of people violating the Capitol by force is some sort of hoax.

Jan. Committee 6 showed many videos of rioters breaking into a house. One grabbed a member of the Proud Boys Dominic Pezzolausing a police shield to break the window, allowing dozens of rioters to storm the building.

On Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Friday program, he mocked the testimony of an anonymous former White House security official who said that Secret Service agents called their families to say goodbye in case they were killed. Then Mr. Carlson turned on a video of clearly outnumbered Capitol policemen passively standing by as the rioters crossed the barricades.

“We can’t know why the police are on video letting people into the Capitol complex,” he said, calling the hearings a “show trial” and saying he was proud of his network for not broadcasting them in prime time.

If the officers of the Capitol Police are portrayed as less than heroic, new heroes emerge. One story that went viral last week was about Pam Hemphill, 69, who recently began a 60-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to the January 2nd Capitol invasion. 6. Way of Miss. Hemphill was portrayed on The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, which replaced the Rush Limbaugh program in many markets, which was typical of the sympathetic messages that conservatives heard about her. The presenters described her as a victim – a grandmother and a cancer patient who received an unreasonably harsh sentence.

“Think of the months of BLM protests across the country” said Clay Travis, referring to the Black Lives Matter movement. “How many of these real rebels are in jail for 60 days for what they called? It’s completely unjustified.”

Even the most high-profile revelations of the committee did not materialize in the right-wing media. When Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide, described Mr Trump’s backlash after Secret Service agents refused to escort him to the Capitol, some right-wing commentators insisted that the former president’s fans would be emboldened to hear he was furious at for not being able to go.

Alex Marlowe, host of the Breitbart News Daily, told his listeners that many Trump supporters love the idea that their president is fighting to join them in the Capitol, as he promised them.

In an email, Mr. Marlowe said he thought many conservatives in his audience saw the hearings as they saw the impeachment proceedings, and investigation by Robert S. Mueller III Russian interference in the 2016 elections. “Trump has once again been the victim of a smear campaign from political circles and the media,” he said, describing the point of view of his listeners.

Part of the effectiveness of the conservative media’s defense of the former president’s January 1 behavior. 6 was its uniformity. Few broke ranks to question his actions while the committee stood its ground. Some, however, have begun to show interest in other potential Trump rivals, such as the governor. Ron DeSantis from Florida. Mrs. Ingram broadcast her show on Friday from Florida, where she interviewed the governor.

But the Post and Journal’s furious revelations over the weekend, Trump suggested that deeper cracks might be starting to form.

Both outlets, which, like Fox News, are part of Rupert Murdoch’s conservative media empire, ran editorials asking questions of Mr. Murdoch. Trump character. The magazine called the latest revelations of his inaction “appalling”.

The Post went even further, calling his behavior January. 6 of his “eternal disgrace” and stating: “Trump has proven himself unworthy to be the chief executive of this country again.”