Saturday, June 15, 2024

January 6th Hearings Garner 17 Million Viewers on TV, Cable, as Trump, Hawley Were Exposed


Last night’s January 6th hearings did just fine ratings-wise. Around 17 million people watched on the three broadcast networks and CNN and MSNBC. Fox News showed reruns of Felix the Cat and Fox TV aired the Yule log. PBS– which I watched and had excellent coverage with Judy Woodruff, as usual– wasn’t counted.

Seriously, Fox can’t air the proceedings anywhere because all the testimony contradicts the shite they serve their viewers on a regular basis. God forbid a Fox News viewer was told truth: that Donald Trump didn’t care if his vice president, Mike Pence, was harmed on January 6th. Or anyone else including California Republican congressman Kevin McCarthy.

Trump should be in prison now. Most of his family should be too. The two brave souls who testified last night–Sarah Matthews and Matthew Pottinger — demonstrated intelligence and forbearing. They are Americans first, Republicans second. They were each very impressive.

So were the Congresspeople who interviewed them, Adam Kinzinger and Elaine Luria. Kinzinger is a Republican, he’s absolutely terrific and will definitely run for President one day. Each of these people deserves a Medal of Honor, as does Liz Cheney and everyone who runs that committee. Each session is so beautifully assembled and executed, it’s a well oiled machine.

Of course the highlights of the evening were previously unseen highlights of Trump refusing to say the election was over, and unable to speak simple words off a Teleprompter. He couldn’t say “Yesterday.” And then there was Josh Hawley, a professional tool and assh*le, running like a ninny to get out of the Capitol. What a POS.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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