The highly partisan House select committee tasked to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021 will hold primetime hearings this week that will reportedly be aired live by all of the major broadcast and cable news networks except for one — Fox News.
Now, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of the two anti-Trump Republicans hand-picked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to serve on the committee, said that Fox News reporters should quit the network if they want to maintain their “credibility as a journalist,” the Daily Caller reported.
Quite ironically, that statement from Kinzinger about Fox News reporters came as commentary on a retweet of misleading information about Fox News from arguably the least credible person in all of journalism — CNN’s Brian Stelter.
Monday evening, Rep. Kinzinger tweeted, “If you work for @FoxNews and want to maintain your credibility as a journalist, now is a good time to speak out, or quit. Enough is enough.”
— Adam Kinzinger🇺🇦🇺🇸✌️ (@AdamKinzinger) June 7, 2022
As noted, the Illinois congressman had made that assertion as he retweeted a disingenuous and contradictory thread posted by CNN’s in-house anti-Fox hall monitor Stelter about the top-rated network’s purported decision to not cover the primetime Jan. 6 committee hearings later in the week.
Stelter tweeted Monday evening, “Fox News makes it official: It will NOT show Thursday’s 1/6 hearing like all the other major networks. Tucker Carlson’s show will air as usual. Carlson promotes conspiracy theories about the riot, calls the committee ‘illegitimate,’ and ridicules the committee members.”
The clear implication in Stelter’s tweet was that Fox News would not provide any coverage of the committee hearings, but the remainder of the CNN host’s thread told a slightly different story and revealed that the network would indeed cover the hearings live on Fox Business, as well as on Fox News, as warranted.
“Fox’s top news anchors will be moved over to the Fox Business Network, and they will cover the hearing there. At 8pm ET on an ordinary night, Fox News has more than 3 million viewers, while Fox Business has under 100,000. That pretty much says it all about Fox’s priorities,” Stelter tweeted.
He then added, “Here’s the language from Fox’s press release: ‘Fox News Channel’s primetime programs will cover the hearings as news warrants.’ At 11pm ET, ‘Gutfeld’ will be preempted, and Shannon Bream ‘will anchor a two-hour live special,’ joined by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.”
Here’s the language from Fox’s press release: “Fox News Channel’s primetime programs will cover the hearings as news warrants.” At 11pm ET, “Gutfeld” will be preempted, and Shannon Bream “will anchor a two-hour live special,” joined by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 7, 2022
Fox News might not air the entirety of all the grandstanding speeches from the Jan. 6 committee members during the primetime hearings, but the network will still cover the hearings, and for Kinzinger and Stelter to suggest otherwise — neither of whom has any “credibility” of their own to speak of — is disingenuous and misleading at best.