The mainstream media and the usual suspect in the world of punditry are having a particularly silly meltdown over the decision by the Fox News management not to treat the hyped Jan. 6 Committee hearings as anything other than what they are and have obviously been from the beginning: an unethical, biased, last-ditch effort to salvage the November mid-terms by painting the GOP as a threat to democracy—because a bunch of morons and assholes stormed the U.S. Capitol in response to President Trump’s irresponsible claims that the election had been “rigged” and “stolen.”
Meanwhile, Democrats and their legions are trying to intimidate the Supreme Court, undermine the Bill of Rights, legalize racial discrimination,, and bomb anti-abortion organizations. Yeah, these are the people who will “save democracy,” all right.
The Jan. 6 inquiry became illegitimate from the moment Nancy Pelosi rejected any Republican House member who wasn’t already on record of being a Trump-hater. I have watched House and Senate Committees in action for decades, and the party’s whose President or other official is under the microscope always has members actively defending him or her, raising questions or relevance or fairness, and generally making sure the effort isn’t a partisan hit job—except this time. This time the investigation was rigged. If it was a jury, Rep. Adam Schiff, for example, would be dismissed for cause. He was the main figure in Congress perpetuating the Russia collusion lie and both contrived impeachments. Then there’s Liz Cheney, who is supposed to make the kangaroo court look “bi-partisan.” Trump stupidly farted in the general direction of the Bush-Cheney power axis when he was running for the GOP nomination, and these are nasty, bitter, vindictive people.
There is no good reason for any political event, including state funerals, inaugurations, and Presidential addresses to be on more than one broadcast network anyway; this is always been ridiculous and faintly totalitarian. Don’t force me to watch something: if I would rather watch “Family Feud”—or in this case, paint dry, I’m damn well going to do it. But this stunt—and a stunt it is–particularly fails the sock drawer test.
“Jan. 6 Hearings Give Democrats a Chance to Recast Midterm Message,” reads the New York Times about the hearings. The Times, of course, thinks it’s a good thing that government resources are being used for blatantly partisan purposes, or at least is avoiding the criticism this Star Chamber deserves:
“With their control of Congress hanging in the balance, Democrats plan to use made-for-television moments and a carefully choreographed rollout of revelations over the course of six hearings…to persuade voters that the coming midterm elections are a chance to hold Republicans accountable for it.”
In fact, no network should be aiding and abetting this nakedly partisan campaign tactic, for which they have even hired a prominent commercial TV producer. It’s a continuation of the 2016 Post-Election Ethics Train Wreck, astoundingly still going on six years after Donald Trump dared to humiliate Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. The effort is ironic, because it supports Trump’s contention that his political foes were working to deny him a fair chance to, first, govern at all, and then to be re-elected. Next they impeached him without evidence, and have been trying to destroy him ever since.
Even fake Times conservative David Brooks sort of grasps reality, writing,
Using the events of Jan. 6 as campaign fodder is small-minded and likely to be ineffective. …Sorry, boomers, but this is not the Watergate scandal in which we need an investigation to find out who said what to whom in the Oval Office. The horrors of Jan. 6 were out in public. The shocking truth of it was what we all saw that day and what we’ve learned about the raw violence since. We don’t need a committee to simply regurgitate what happened on Jan. 6, 2021. We need a committee that will preserve democracy on Jan. 6, 2025, and Jan. 6, 2029. We need a committee to locate the weaknesses in our democratic system and society and find ways to address them.
What Brooks doesn’t say in his column—I don’t know why, but there are many clues: he works for the Times, he has Stockholm Syndrome and won’t seriously criticize the Left, he’s a NeverTrumper himself—is that a mob of Machiavellian Democrats and NeverTrumpers is not the committee to do any of that—far from it.
Meanwhile, it is screamingly obvious that this was no “insurrection,” that the U.S. government and the election was never in peril, that Trump, whatever his strange mind was wishing or hoping and whatever text messages and emails were flying around, did not direct the idiots to do anything but protest, that the whole thing would have been averted if security measures had been even half-competent, that the single day riot was less disruptive to government than the Black Lives Matter riots the same year, which were cheered on by most of the Jan. 6 committee’s members, and that if this “Get Trump” charade is going to convince anyone of anything, it is likely to show how willing to abuse power this particular party is.
I salute Fox News for having the guts to walk right into the inevitable accusations that it is refusing to cover news that runs counter to its biases. Maybe that’s the real motive: hell, I don’t know, and I certainly don’t trust Fox News.
Even if that’s the case, this is an example of doing the ethical thing for the wrong reasons.