How the right-wing media celebrate the January 6 anniversary
In fact, polls indicate that this media apparatus has been largely successful in convincing Republicans of the lie that President Joe Biden was not duly elected. It distorted US policy so much that Biden referred to the harmful media environment in his speech on Thursday when he condemned “the lies told for power and profit.”
Fox, the most influential organ in the right-wing media universe that has been one of the main promoters of the big lie about the 2020 election, has taken two distinct approaches in its coverage of the Jan.6 attack.
Fox’s conservative, but more sober, morning shows on Thursday downplayed coverage of the attacks, choosing to focus on other stories and attack Biden on different topics. In particular, the word “insurrection” has not been uttered once on the channel all morning. And when Fox covered the attack on the U.S. Capitol, much of the discussion focused on criticizing Biden.
Meanwhile, radical and popular Fox personalities have prepared for the anniversary by serving extremist rhetoric to right-wing channel audiences. Tucker Carlson, the network’s top-rated host who has enjoyed the unlimited support of the Murdoch family who control Fox, poked fun at those who commemorate the insurgency in his prime-time show Wednesday night.
In a nine-minute rant delivered alongside a graphic that read “‘Insurrection Day'” and a chyron who at one point sarcastically said “EXPECT TO HEAR A LOT MORE ABOUT FEELINGS,” Carlson despised members of the press for openly discussing the trauma. associated with the coverage of the violence that occurred that day.
Carlson, who previously produced a special promoting the lie that January 6 was a false flag operation, even attacked Senator Ted Cruz, one of the people who actually tried to overturn the Senate election, for describing the events as a “violent terrorist attack“.
Elsewhere in the right-wing media, similar coverage abounded.
Steven Bannon, the right-wing media personality who was once one of former President Donald Trump’s main collaborators, also attacked Cruz for his comments in a podcast posted on Wednesday. Bannon said he couldn’t believe Cruz would make such comments and urged him to “learn” the Constitution.
Bannon greeted Marjorie Taylor Greene, the far-right Republican congresswoman who made her career in Republican politics pushing conspiracy theories, to attack Cruz. legislature, suing Americans, trying to conduct investigations that they shouldn’t be doing, and we’re not supposed to because members of Congress are very concerned, âshe told Bannon.
Greene added that she finds what is happening to some of the accused on January 6 “really upsetting”.
On Breitbart, the right-wing website once run by Bannon and which has been widely allied with Trump, said in a banner headline on its homepage that the January 6 first anniversary is “DEMOCRAT DAY OF HYSTERIA. “.
And far-right website The Gateway Pundit, a popular destination in right-wing media and a major peddler of disinformation on elections, among other topics, marked Jan.6 with a series of articles promoting various conspiracy theories to absolve Trump and his supporters for their actions.