Chuck Schumer calls Tucker Carlson’s release of January 6 footage ’embarrassing’
The family of Brian Sicknick, the Capitol police officer who died the day after he was attacked by pro-Trump rioters during the Jan. 6 attack, has issued a damning charge against Fox News and host Tucker Carlson after the incendiary anchor released video footage sent out doubting Sicknick’s condition after his attack.
“The Sicknick family is outraged by the continued attack on our family by the unscrupulous and downright filthy so-called ‘news network’ Fox News, which will carry out the orders of Trump or any of his sycophantic followers regardless of the harm done to the families of the fallen, the officers who risked their lives, and everyone who suffered on Jan. 6 from Trump’s take-off and proliferation through filthy lurching outlets like Fox,” the family said in a statement.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also derided Mr. Carlson’s broadcast of the January 6 tapes, calling it “one of the most embarrassing hours of television.”
Mr. Carlson, who consistently attacked the House-led investigation into the riot, is trying to help Republicans reframe the day’s events as a peaceful protest weaponized by Democrats. He was given exclusive access to security footage of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
US Capitol Police Chief: ‘TV commentary will not record the truth for our history books. The legal system will
Full text of Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger’s internal memo:
Last night, an op-ed broadcast commentary full of offensive and misleading conclusions about the January 6 attack. The opinion program never contacted the department to provide proper context.
A false accusation is that our agents helped the rioters and acted as ‘tour guides’. This is outrageous and incorrect. The department assists the officers in the video shown last night. I don’t need to remind you how outnumbered our agents were on January 6. Those officers did their best to use de-escalation tactics to try and talk to rioters to get each other to leave the building.
The program is handily plucked from the quieter moments of our 41,000 hours of video. The commentary provides no context about the chaos and violence that occurred before or during these less tense moments.
Finally, last night’s most disturbing allegation was that the death of our late friend and colleague Brian Sicknick had nothing to do with his heroic actions on January 6. hours on the day he was violently assaulted, Officer Sicknick would not have died the next day.
Like some people choosing from 41,000 hours of video clips that seemingly support the story they want to tell, those of you who were here on January 6th, those of you who fought, those of you who made sure not a single member of Congress got hurt, those of you who contributed to the effort to keep the country’s legislative process going know firsthand what actually happened.
You fought hard on January 6 and risked your life to protect the Constitution and all that this country stands for. You, along with our law enforcement partners, saved every congressman and their staff.
TV commentary will not record the truth for our history books. The legal system will. The truth and justice are on our side.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 7, 2023 6:35 PM
Vote: Trump’s January 6 issue is as bad as you’d expect… It’s also dangerous
Friday at midnight, Donald Trump dropped a new song with the J6 Prison Choir. No, that’s not an onion head. That just happened. Who needs SNL when we have reality?
In conjunction with former Trump Admin official Kash Patel and former Fox News host Ed Henry, Trump worked with January 6 insurgents awaiting trial at a D.C. prison, according to Forbes staff writer Zach Everson.
I’ll save you time. The number is as bad as you’d expect.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 7, 2023 6:20 PM
AG Garland: ‘All Americans saw what happened on January 6… It was a violent attack’
Attorney General Merrick Garland said he won’t be drawn to specific reports, but that he believes all Americans saw what happened on January 6, 2021: “It was a violent attack on a fundamental principle of American democracy.”
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 7, 2023 6:05 PM
Kristol then alarmed Trump “all in for the insurrection” and the Republicans are silent
Bill Kristol, conservative commentator and editor-in-chief of The strongholdexpressed alarm that the Republican Party appears unable to denounce the January 6 uprising.
He posted Trump’s praise of Tucker Carlson and Kevin McCarthy, writing on Twitter, “Trump is all in for the insurrection. His Republican competitors will not denounce the rebellion. The Republican Party is half insurgent and half anti-anti-insurgent.”
He added: “I am alarmed.”
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 7, 2023 5:50 PM
Schumer: ‘What a low point for Fox News’
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 7, 2023 5:35 PM
Trump thanks Carlson and McCarthy for new footage
Donald Trump started his morning on Truth Social with a big ALL-CAPS thank you to Tucker Carlson and Kevin McCarthy for airing the Capitol surveillance tapes, re-edited to make the attack on Congress look peaceful and quell the anger of the Democrats and the family of Brian Sicknick who died soon after.
The former president posted: “LET THE PRISONERS OF JANUARY 6 GO GO. THEY WERE CONDEMNED, OR AWAITING A TRIAL, BASED ON A HUGE LIE, A RADICAL LEFT SCAM JOB. THANKS TO TUCKER CARLSON AND HOUSE SPEAKER KEVIN McCARTHY FOR WHAT YOU BOTH HAVE DONE. NEW VIDEO FOOTAGE IS IRRESISTIBLE!!!”
More than 1,000 people have now been charged with crimes committed that day in January 2021.
After a series of reposts of 202 election fraud conspiracy theories, a brief diatribe about Hunter Biden’s laptop, and praise for Steve Bannon, the former president started talking about the Capitol footage again.
“Tucker Carlson must be seen tonight. Releasing more VIDEO which was “HIDDEN BY THE COOKED J 6 UNSELECT COMMITTEE”. They should be prosecuted for their lies and, quite frankly, for TREASON!”
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 7, 2023 5:20 PM
The Capitol Police Chief insults Carlson over Jan. 6 comments
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger tore himself against Fox News host Tucker Carlson during last night’s Jan. 6 segment on his show.
“Last night an op-ed broadcast commentary filled with insulting and misleading conclusions about the January 6 attack,” Manger wrote in an internal department memo obtained by CNN. precise context.”
“The program is handily plucked from the quieter moments of our 41,000 hours of video. The commentary gives no context to the chaos and violence that occurred before or during these less tense moments,” said Manger.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 7, 2023 5:05 PM
Full story: Tucker Carlson downplays January 6 violence with Fox News segment falsely depicting ‘peaceful’ rioting
Fox News personality Tucker Carlson aired surveillance footage of the attack on the U.S. Capitol that was provided to him exclusively by a leading congressional Republican to falsely portray the January 6, 2021 riots as a peaceful gathering.
He downplayed an attempt to disrupt elections and overturn the votes of millions of Americans, claiming that other media outlets and Democratic lawmakers lied to the public about the attack, despite real-time video footage of rioters pushing past police, smashing windows, lawmakers were threatening and storming the halls of Congress, with hundreds of criminal charges and charges against at least 1,000 people.
Most of the rioters were “tourists,” not “insurgents,” Mr Carlson said in a segment on March 6 that attempted to purge a riot sparked by an unfounded narrative that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen from Donald Trump.
Alex Woodward has the latest.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 7, 2023 4:50 PM
Schumer reprimands Tucker Carlson for ‘lie’ about January 6 rioters
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer denounced the conservative right for its continued efforts to approve the deadly attack on the US Capitol on Tuesday during a speech from the upper chamber floor.
Mr. Schumer became the latest voice to criticize House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s decision to provide Fox News disinformation artist Tucker Carlson with hours of footage of the U.S. Capitol riot so that Carlson’s producers could piece together videos that did not explicitly depict violence. on screen is shown to falsely portray the attack as a peaceful protest.
The effort to minimize Jan. 6 has been almost as campaign-long for Carlson as his attempt to sow distrust in the results of the 2020 election, which he continues to do.
John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 7, 2023 4:25 PM
ICYMI: Uproar as Fox News host Tucker Carlson gets Jan. 6 videos
Mr Carlson announced on Monday that his staff has been reviewing up to 41,000 hours of footage for a week.
“Some of our brightest producers have been looking at this stuff and trying to figure out what it means and how it contradicts the story we’ve been told for over two years,” said Mr. Carlson. “We already think in some ways it contradicts that narrative.”
Abbe Asher filed a report at the time.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 7, 2023 4:05 PM