One of the big stories today came from Tucker Carson’s Fox News crap-fest last night, using selected portions of the Capitol building’s security tapes from Jan. 6 — Kevin McCarthy gave Carlson full access to the footage — and the Tucker-turd went full bullshit, calling the insurrectionists/rioters as “sightseers,” and not bloodthirsty, coup shitheels.
I didn’t watch it, can’t stomach Fox News at all. Especially Tucker, as he’s chief fraud-lying fucker.
The backlash/kickback was hard — even beyond Democrats.
Via The Washington Post late this afternoon:
- Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) called Carlson’s presentation of Jan. 6 as “mostly peaceful chaos” both “bull—-” and “inexcusable.”
- Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) summarized Carlson’s version as “some rowdy peaceful protest of Boy Scouts” and said to put what happened “in the same category as … permitted peaceful protest is just a lie.”
- Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said he was concerned about the House Jan. 6 committee’s work, but added, “I’m not interested in whitewashing Jan. 6.”
- Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called it “dangerous and disgusting” and compared it to Alex Jones’s portrayal of the Sandy Hook massacre.
- Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said, “I thought it was an insurrection at that time. I still think it was an insurrection today.”
- Senate Republicans’ No. 2 John Thune (S.D.) said, “I think it was an attack on the Capitol. … There were a lot of people in the Capitol at the time that were scared for their lives.”
- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fully endorsed a statement from the U.S. Capitol Police that accused Carlson of “cherry-picking” footage and drawing “offensive and misleading conclusions.”
However, this from last month illustrates the obvious bullshit:
NEW: Some actually newsworthy footage that was just released in connection with a Jan. 6 trial of Ed Badalian, the InfoWars superfan whose buddy drove a stun gun into Mike Fanone's neck during the Capitol siege.
From inside a trashed suite of Senate hideaway offices: pic.twitter.com/CxDgR8v4AA
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) March 7, 2023
Plus an additional bitch-Mitch:
Mitch vs fox is my favorite new storyline https://t.co/sdIl4UvbsA
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 7, 2023
And tonight’s Tucker show is reportedly off-the-lying-rails, too:
Producers from Tucker Carlson’s show are pushing other Fox staffers hard to "PLEASE PROMOTE" Tucker's second night of Jan. 6 footage, per this email leaked to me by a tipster. pic.twitter.com/GJ5AMdifJZ
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 7, 2023
And speaking, thusly, of Fox and the rancid news:
Melber: The election was not stolen. That's what Murdoch as a witness says. This is in the new filing from moments ago. Not stolen. He admits trump was being a sore loser. Murdoch notes he voted by mail because he was out of the country during the election. pic.twitter.com/b2cpEf7qqh
— Acyn (@Acyn) March 7, 2023
Added details of Rupert Murdoch being an asshole via CNBC this afternoon:
Hundreds of pages of gathered evidence from both sides – including full excerpts of testimony from depositions, text messages and emails – were published on Tuesday, providing glimpses into the back-and-forth at the right-wing TV network in the months following the 2020 election.
“Maybe Sean [Hannity] and Laura [Ingraham] went too far. All very well for Sean to tell you he was in despair about Trump but what did he tell his viewers?” Murdoch said in an email to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott on Jan. 21, 2021, in an apparent reference to Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. The exchange came 15 days after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection.
A Delaware judge ordered the documents unsealed. While portions of the depositions and evidence have been released in recent weeks, Tuesday’s filings are the most extensive revelations regarding private communications at Fox Corp. and Fox News.
The exhibits filed to a Delaware court on Tuesday comes after weeks of court filings that have unveiled parts of the gathered evidence and depositions of Murdoch, other top Fox Corp. brass, as well as top talent.
In the filings, some of which were released last week, Murdoch acknowledged that some of Fox’s top TV anchors parroted false claims in the months following the 2020 presidential election, and that some even endorsed the claims.
“Some of our commentators were endorsing it,” Murdoch said in his response during the deposition. “They endorsed.”
Liars lying unwrapped.
Lying or not (are you blind, as well as deaf?), here we are once again…
(Illustration out front: ‘Pinocchio,’ by Enrico Mazzanti, and found here.)