NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – America’s top television network on Thursday turned prime time into an entertaining account of former President Donald Trump’s January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol. – with one major exception.
The top-rated news network, Fox News Channel, has stuck with its lineup of commentators. Sean Hannity accompanied the January 6th House Committee elsewhere on TV condemning “show trials” as if they were depicted in it. The Trump administration is scrutinizing his tweets for data.
Hannity broadcast a voiceless snippet of committee members entering the hearing room as part of a longer monologue condemning the proceedings.
This is what Fox News Channel viewers saw during the hearing.
“It’s really just a cheap, selectively edited political ad,” Hannity told his audience.
Meanwhile, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN and MSNBC aired the second prime-time hearing, focusing on Trump’s real-time response to the riot. The committee said this was the last hearing till September.
“It certainly sounded like the closing argument to this chapter of their investigation, and it was profound,” said ABC News anchor David Muir.
The Nielsen company said the first prime-time hearing on June 9 was watched by nearly 20 million people. Normally, reaching such a large audience in mid-July would be a long shot, as it is the least-watched television month of the year.
Yet the seven-day trial has proved somewhat odd. Excited by a strong tongue, the audience grew hearing as they progressed. For example, CNN reached 1.5 million people for the second day’s hearing on June 16, and 2.6 million for the last one on June 12, Nielsen said.
Fox’s broadcast station in New York, which did not air last month’s prime-time hearing, showed Thursday night’s session.
There is little interest in Fox News Channel, which broadcasts daytime hearings, although only to the demarcation line of the network’s popular show “The Five”. Ratings show that about half of the network’s viewers run away when the hearing begins, and return when they end.
This would be a more serious problem in prime time, where Fox’s viewership is more than twice that of the day. Fox News Channel’s decision not to air prime-time hearings is almost certainly a function of the demands of their viewers and prime-time hosts, says Nicole Hemmer, a conservative media expert and author of the upcoming book “Partitions: The Conservative Revolutionaries.” he said. who rebuilt American politics in the 1990s.”
“It creates an awkward situation when a host like Tucker Carlson tells their audience that the hearing isn’t worth their time, and then the network does it before airing their show,” Hemmer said.
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Hannity’s main story was the “grand finale” of the January 6 committee, although he did not show it – at least with sound.
He brought in guests like Indiana’s GOP representative Jim Banks, who said if the hearing was anything to go by, “he has acquitted President Trump and the people who supported him.”
Talk show host Mark Levine told Hannity that the US Department of Justice is corrupt because “the Colberts are 9 free-roaming.” This is a reference to federal prosecutors’ decision not to bring charges against nine people involved with CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” They were arrested last month from the building of the US Capitol complex.
While Hannity was on air, a January 6 committee showed tweets that Hannity and other Fox News personalities had sent to Trump administration officials, warning that the Capitol riot was making the president worse.
In a closing statement, the committee’s vice chairman, Representative Liz Cheney, said that most of her cases against Trump have been carried out by Republicans. He scoffed at the notion that the committee’s findings would be very different if there were Republican members other than him and Representative Adam Kissinger.
“Do you really think that Bill Barr is such a delicate flower that it will wither under cross-examination?” he said.
Republicans who watched Fox News Channel Thursday night did not hear him.
Follow Associated Press’s coverage of the committee hearing of January 6 at https://apnews.com/hub/capitol-siege,