Why The Internet Is Talking About Fox News’ Handling of the January 6 Tapes

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Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy recently surrendered security footage of the January 6, 2021 Capitol Insurrection to Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Fox has notoriously become the epicenter of misinformation surround a slew of topics since the Trump administration. From election fraud conspiracy theories to COVID-19 vaccine resistance, Carlson has a history of not holding back on Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Carlson recently came under fire for admitting via text message to fellow Fox host Laura Ingraham that he was willingly spreading misinformation regarding the 2020 election. Despite the ongoing legal turmoil surrounding Fox News, McCarthy still handed over the January 6 footage.

Several Democratic and Republican politicians have voiced concern over the tapes being in Carlson’s possession. The footage that has aired thus far appears to minimize the violence that occurred in the halls of Congress on January 6, which was widely viewed as a dangerous precedence to be set for the U.S. government.

New York state senator Chuck Schumer spoke out about the tapes on the Senate floor today.

Schumer accused Carlson of “cherry picking” through the footage, and referred to the programming as a lie. Schumer’s remarks were met with support across social media. Many showed the pieces of footage that Carlson chose not to include in the broadcast.


Multiple hate groups, including white supremacists the Proud Boys, were present at the insurrection. One political commentator pointed to an image of Nazi guards at Auschwitz looking joyful, showing that images of hate groups often do not paint the entire picture of the situation.

Carlson’s angle for the footage was that the riots were actually a peaceful tourist visit to the Capitol. Evidently, tours do not allow visitors into private offices, which is where several rioters went on January 6.  Twitter quickly debunked this assumption.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell chose to distance himself from McCarthy’s decision to cooperate with Fox News. He cited a letter from Capitol police officers today.


Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger spoke about Carlson’s use of the footage today as well, echoing the concerns of many others about the misleading nature of the video.

In keeping with tradition, former President Donald Trump continues to deny that the Capitol insurrection was violent. He insists that those incarcerated for their crimes on January 6 ought to be pardoned.

The online conversation surrounding the newly released footage was only escalated further when Twitter CEO Elon Musk reposted some of Fox’s content.  The richest man in the world attracted plenty of backlash for spreading misinformation on one of the world’s largest social media platforms.

Musk’s tweets on the matter have reached millions. Journalists, political commentators, and videographers attempted to correct the reposted misinformation by sharing clips of some of the brutal violence on January 6.

As of now, a second set of footage will air on Tucker Carlson Tonight this evening, even amid public backlash. Despite several politicians urging the network to cut the programming amid the ongoing defamation trial regarding misinformation, there has been no indication of cancellation. Carlson’s Fox News program airs at 5 p.m. PT and 8 p.m. ET.

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