Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blasted Fox News for airing footage from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, calling on its owner to stop the release of any additional video.
Host Tucker Carlson received access to 40,000 hours of footage and aired a new video on Monday from the many hours available to review.
Schumer: To Protect Democracy, I Need The One Network I Don’t Control To Stop Airing Raw Footage Of Congresshttps://t.co/DLw0fJSNUO
— The Federalist (@FDRLST) March 8, 2023
"On Tuesday, Schumer melodramatically told reporters that Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch 'has a special obligation' to bar Carlson from airing more unedited footage from Jan. 6 'because our democracy depends on it,'" the Federalist reported.
"The comments echo remarks Schumer gave during a temper tantrum on the Senate floor earlier in the day, in which he accused Carlson’s Monday night program of being 'one of the most shameful hours … ever seen on cable television' and similarly called on Murdoch to prohibit the release of more Jan. 6 footage," it added.
Schumer: "Rupert Murdoch has a special obligation to stop Tucker Carlson from going on tonight [and] from letting him go on again and again and again [because] our democracy depends on it." pic.twitter.com/uld6eaCl3C
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 7, 2023
Carlson addressed Schumer's remarks during his program Wednesday, calling out the lack of evidence used to make his claims.
"That's not an argument based on logic, it's based on hysteria and the shame you feel as a weak and terrified person when your lies are exposed," Carlson said.
Tucker Carlson on Chuck Schumer calling for this show to be pulled off the air:
"That's not an argument based on logic, it's based on hysteria and the shame you feel as a weak and terrified person when your lies are exposed." pic.twitter.com/RpbP9QBTqc
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 9, 2023
"Those videos touch a nerve because they're a threat to the lies that Chuck Schumer has been telling for the last 26 months, and not just Chuck Schumer," he added.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who gave access to the videos, said he will make the same footage available to other networks.
The footage itself will now provide the opportunity for Americans to make their own decisions over what really happened on Jan. 6.
The latest video report shows that at the very least that the Jan. 6 House committee's report slanted the evidence against those involved in an effort to make their actions appear worse.
As more video footage is unveiled, it will be interesting to see what other information stands out and how it compares with the committee's official report.