Major TV networks, including Fox News, plan to broadcast the committee’s Monday hearing from Jan.

The next House committee hearing on January 6 will not be prime time but will be widely televised and broadcast.

The hearing begins on Monday at 10 am ET. In addition to full cable coverage, the big three broadcast networks – ABC, NBC and CBS – are planning to bring their regular schedule forward to special audience reports. Spokespeople for the broadcast news divisions confirmed that all stations must broadcast the specials. PBS is lining up live coverage also.
The X-factor in cable is Fox – as the network ignored last week’s prime-time ratings. Tucker Carlson falsely accused other networks of “collusion” with Democrats to broadcast “propaganda”. But this time Fox It is will show audiences: As LA Times reporter Stephen Battaglio noted here, “Fox News plans to cover audiences on its main channel when they resume on Monday.”

Fox’s argument seems to be that prime time is different from daytime: Prime is for opinion presenters like Tucker Carlson, who turned down last Thursday’s audience, but the day is for news.

That plan means Fox intends to show live testimony from one of its former employees, Chris Stirewalt, who was Fox’s digital policy editor during the 2020 election. Stirewalt aired on Fox on election night to defend the call from the Arizona decision table. He was subsequently fired. Stirewalt has given numerous interviews and joined the new channel NewsNation, but he has always been a little cautious about the specifics of those dangerous days and weeks at Fox. So it will be fascinating to see how his testimony fits into the House committee’s narrative. He will be first on Monday, along with a surprise addition announced Sunday: Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien.

The pairing makes sense — both men have firsthand knowledge of how Trump’s lies permeated the Republican universe in the winter of 2020. Remember, this is how Republican Representative Liz Cheney foreshadowed Monday’s hearing: “You will see that Donald Trump and his colleagues that he had, in fact, lost the election. But despite this, President Trump has engaged in a massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information – to convince large swathes of the US population that the fraud had stolen his election. It’s not true…”

What to expect

According to CNN’s Annie Grayer and Zachary Cohen, Monday’s hearing “will be split into two panels of witnesses, with multimedia presentations and videotaped depositions scattered throughout.” A select committee aide told reporters the hearing will focus on Trump’s false claims that I won the election “and the decision to take that lie to millions of supporters.” The hearing will last just over two hours…

>> Dept. democrat Adam Schiff tweeted on sunday night: “Our first hearing was just a sampling of the evidence we’ve gathered. Tomorrow, we’ll tell the story of how Trump knowingly propagated his Big Lie. Then he used that lie to pressure lawmakers, the vice president, and ultimately rally the crowd. . The public deserves to know.”
>> What will Republican congresswoman Elise Stefanik say next? On Sunday, she criticized the prime-time hearing by telling Maria Bartiromo that “a typical serious congressional hearing takes place during the day, usually starting at 10 am.”

What Murdoch’s Newspapers Are Saying

This happens from time to time, but it’s still remarkable: The publications controlled by Rupert Murdoch are taking a harder line against Trump than Murdoch’s TV. The Wall Street Journal’s most read op-ed this weekend was Friday’s editorial that concluded, “Trump betrayed his supporters by deceiving them on January 6, and he’s still doing it.” The New York Post editorial board took a slightly different tone, but urged readers to “unsubscribe from Trump’s daily emails begging for money” and “pick your favorite from a new crop of conservatives.” Step away from Trump, the editors wrote, and “Let’s make America sane again.”
As former Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer, author of the new book “Battling the Big Lie,” said in Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” “this entire right-wing media apparatus was designed for one purpose, to elect Republicans to office.” So “this is not a moral statement from Rupert Murdoch’s papers,” he said, it is a practical statement to elect a new crop of Republican leaders.

Pfeiffer spoke about 1/6th in the sweep of history and argued that “January 6 is shorthand for what is happening now. You have a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Michigan imprisoned in your house for participating in the insurrection,” he said. “You have a candidate for governor of Pennsylvania who is [running] on the platform of giving Pennsylvania electoral votes to Donald Trump, no matter what voters say. This is a clear and present danger”, so audiences are “focusing their minds on what is to come, not just what has happened…”

additional reading

— Chuck Todd’s questions on “Meet the Press”: “If this were happening in another country, what would we think? That it’s strong enough to preserve its democracy and rule of law? Or subject to mob rule? AND what would be the reaction here to the indictment of a former president, who is the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination? He may even be an active candidate when indicted…” (NBC)
— Filmmaker Nick Quested, who testified on Thursday, told me, “Until we have the facts on record, we can’t have a proper discussion about how to change things…” (CNN)
— Also on Sunday’s “Reliable” show, Daily Caller senior correspondent Shelby Talcott offered a point of view from a conservative media outlet. She said voters “are struggling with a number of issues — high inflation, gas prices, grocery bills, baby formula. So how did these hearings help with these issues?” (CNN)
In “Face the Nation”, John Dickerson looked to the past for wisdom. “In a healthy democracy, we should be able to do both,” he said, addressing pressing issues like inflation and important issues like the attack on democracy at the same time… (CBS)

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misrepresented Chris Stirewalt’s former position at Fox News. He was the digital policy editor.

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