The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol plans to begin holding public hearings in the new year to tell the story of the insurrection from start to finish while crafting an ample interim report on its findings by summer, as it shifts into a more public phase of its work.
The panel will continue to collect information and seek testimony from willing witnesses and those who have been reluctant — a group that now includes Republican members of Congress. It is examining whether to recommend that the Justice Department pursue charges against anyone, including former president Donald Trump, and whether legislative proposals are needed to help prevent valid election results from being overturned in the future.
“We have to address it — our families, our districts and our country demand that we get as much of the causal effects of what occurred and come up with some recommendations for the House so that it won’t ever happen again,” committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a recent interview.
I was too young to remember much about Watergate, except that it had all the adults in my life glued to the teevee set and so sneaking in some verboten cartoon time was nearly impossible! Another reason to hate Nixon!
Anyway, our fractured media ecosystem with hundreds of outlets available —and not just 3 networks— means that whatever is shown from the Jan. 6 Committee is going to be seen through a kaleidoscope, if it is seen at all.
Even though opinion programming channels like Fox, Newsmax and OANAN only reaches a small fraction of Americans, you know damn well that they will not cover it. MSNBC will cover it, of course, but even fewer people watch that than Fox; CNN will probably cover it, but with their usual powerhouse panels making it DRAMA! rather than news. And that brings us back to the 3 broadcast networks, and that means Chuck Todd and the rest of his ilk, stroking their chins and wisely pontificating that this means DOOM for the Democrats.
I’m not hopeful this development will make a dent in Americans’ conscience, but the ratings for Reality TeeVee will continue to be boffo.