JASON RANTZ

Rantz: No coincidence the Jan. 6 hearings are airing on prime time

Jun 8, 2022, 7:49 PM | Updated: Jun 9, 2022, 6:52 am
Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., speaks with Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., by his side as the Ho...
Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., speaks with Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., by his side as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection of the Capitol meets to vote on holding Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff, in contempt of Congress, on Capitol Hill on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
(Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Starting June 9, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will present previously unseen material, receive witness testimony, and provide the American people an initial summary of its findings. The committee will also preview additional hearings.

“[The committee] turned to a renowned former network executive to hone a mountain of explosive material into a captivating multimedia presentation. And that the Thursday opener at 8 p.m. eastern time will be as if it were a blockbuster investigative special,” said Curtis Houck, managing editor of NewsBusters, on the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “If they were actually serious about investigating what happened that day, they wouldn’t be doing this in prime time. And I think that’s kind of the dirty open little secret that everyone’s been sharing.”

Jan. 6 committee’s members are on diverging political paths

James Goldston, the former president of ABC News, is assisting the committee in its presentation of its findings. He’s also been a producer for ABC shows including “2020” and “Good Morning America.”

“I think that’s rather telling, and it certainly makes the point that this is just a version of a TV trial,” said Jason Rantz during the interview. “It’s a show trial, political theater.”

“They’ve admitted that they’re going to need an audience and that they are hoping that Americans will tune in,” Houck said. “New York Times is busy saying that this will allow Democrats to rehone and refocus their strategy for the midterms.”

While most news outlets are setting up coverage of the hearing, Fox News will stay with its primetime lineup of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham. The hearing will instead air on the Fox Business network instead.

“It’s [Fox’s] prerogative not to, but they’re more than welcome to do it,” Houck said. “Our system of government is not going to collapse on itself because Fox News is not turning it over to Nancy Pelosi’s little off-Broadway show. This is a partisan investigation. Their proposals to prevent another January 6 included things like eliminating the Electoral College, things that have nothing to do with capital security.”

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Rantz: No coincidence the Jan. 6 hearings are airing on prime time