October 4, 2022
Tucker Carlson Rounds Up Friendly Guest Posse to Trash Jan. 6 Hearings While They Happen

Tucker Carlson kicked off the primetime Thursday lineup for Fox News Channel – the only major news network not to broadcast the Jan. 6 House committee hearings in full – complaining about the nature of proceedings going on in the background while wrangling a robust lineup of familiar guests to join the grousing.

In a surprise, Fox News Channel presented “Tucker Carlson Tonight” without ads for the entire hour, and made a promise to “break in” to the hearings when “warranted” – but never took the chance to do so live. Instead, Fox cherry-picked statements from the committee’s only Republicans, GOP Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, teeing up their anti-riot statements for the conga-line of guest commenters to hammer. Of the precious few actual statements aired (and subsequently ripped by Carlson and his guests) during the hour, this was one:

Rep. Liz Cheney, the panel’s vice chair, spoke directly to her GOP colleagues during the hearing on the Jan. 6 attack: “I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.” pic.twitter.com/URkCmEnDQg

All the while, a video feed from the primetime hearings, which were gaveled in the same minute “Tucker Carlson Tonight” kicked off at 8 p.m. ET, were popped in and out of a window over Carlson’s shoulder. With the audio mostly muted, Carlson began rolling in some of his friendliest allies – including sports journalist Jason Whitlock, former U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, American Conservative Union head Matt Schlapp and several others – each of whom trashed the committee’s big show as it unfolded.

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