Nearly 20 million people watched Thursday night’s first hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol across broadcast and cable news, according to preliminary ratings figures from Nielsen.
Each of the major broadcast television news networks preempted their regularly scheduled programming on Thursday to show continuous live coverage of the two-hour hearings.
ABC took the largest haul of viewers, earning 4.8 million of them, while NBC and CBS carried 3.5 million and 3.3 million, respectively.
On cable, MSNBC pulled in a whopping 4.1 million viewers during the hearings, nearly four times what the network averages on a typical weeknight.
Usually dominant Fox News Channel came in second place on cable on Thursday night, averaging 3 million viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. CNN came in third place with 2.6 million.
Fox took criticism this week for its decision not to air continuous live coverage of the hearings on its main cable channel. The network did not preempt its regularly scheduled opinion shows, featuring hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.
Fox News are such cowards they didn’t even carry the live hearing into Trump’s attempted coup. Seeing as many of the hosts were texting Trump’s administration during the Orange Lives Matter insurrection, their refusal to play it live and remind their banjo twanging redneck viewership that they are the baddies is such a spineless act of editorial cowardice and they should never be allowed to forget that shame.
Trump is the orange tumour of American fascism and his Beer Hall Putsch attempt here has to be investigated and exposed in all its hideousness so that the Republican leadership are embarrassed and humiliated by any association to a Leader who actively attempted to violently over throw a legitimate election.
Trump is a fascist and the Republican Party is crypto-fascist for having him as leader.
While economic issues are driving the politics of the mid terms, those tasked with representing democracy in America have an obligation to apply the torch of scrutiny to Trump’s attempted coup so that he’s never allowed anywhere near power ever again.
Trump’s malice, corruption and abuse of power has no place in a modern democracy and should never be rewarded by people of good conscience.
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