The next hearing by the House’s Jan. 6 committee will not be in prime time, but it will be widely televised.
Fox’s argument seems to be that prime time is different from daytime: Prime is for opinion hosts like Tucker Carlson, who rejected last Thursday’s hearing, but daytime is for news.
The pairing makes sense — both men have firsthand knowledge of how Trump’s lies permeated the GOP universe in the winter of 2020. Remember, this is how Republican Rep. Liz Cheney foreshadowed Monday’s hearing: “You will see that Donald Trump and his advisors knew that he had, in fact, lost the election. But, despite this, President Trump engaged in a massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information — to convince huge portions of the U.S. population that fraud had stolen the election from him. This was not true…”
What to expect
Per CNN’s Annie Grayer and Zachary Cohen, Monday’s hearing “will be broken up into two witness panels, with multimedia presentations and video of taped depositions dispersed throughout.” A select committee aide told reporters that the hearing will focus on Trump’s false I-won-the-election claims “and the decision to push that lie to millions of supporters.” The hearing will last a little longer than two hours…
What Murdoch’s newspapers are saying
Pfeiffer talked about 1/6 in the sweep of history and argued that “January 6 is a shorthand for what is happening right now. You have a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Michigan arrested in his house for participating in the insurrection,” he said. “You have a Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate who’s [running] on the platform of giving Pennsylvania’s electoral votes to Donald Trump, no matter what the voters say. This is a clear and present danger,” so the hearings are “focusing the mind on what is coming, not just what happened…”