Why? Why does Kevin McCarthy get to give Tucker Carlson the entirety of the surveillance video from January 6th? This video has been held back because it contains various secret areas of the Capitol and would allow a future attacker a better ability to plan a successful attack. Maybe that’s the point. But McCarthy is giving the video to Tucker and Tucker only. Doesn’t this video belong to the United States? Why doesn’t Rachel Maddow’s staff get access? People should be going insane, indeed – it’s starting to happen in newsrooms across the country.
Regardless, from Axios:
“Carlson TV producers were on Capitol Hill last week to begin digging through the trove, which includes multiple camera angles from all over Capitol grounds. Excerpts will begin airing in the coming weeks,”
Now his shows — ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ on Fox News, and ‘Tucker Carlson Today’ and ‘Tucker Carlson Originals’ on the streaming service Fox Nation — have a massive trove of raw material.
Carlson told Axios:
“[T]here was never any legitimate reason for this footage to remain secret. If there was ever a question that’s in the public’s interest to know, it’s what actually happened on January 6. By definition, this video will reveal it. It’s impossible for me to understand why any honest person would be bothered by that.”
OK. But YOU, Tucker, are not the entirety of the “public,” and so the “public” isn’t getting access; YOU are.
Does McCarthy get a cut? Did Tucker pay McCarthy personally? Why does the Speaker of the House, alone, get to decide who gets the video to splice and dice to tell a story that Tucker wants to tell? I am especially incensed over it being Tucker, specifically, that gets the video for two reasons:
First, as I wrote yesterday, Tucker is willing to publish lies to further the “purpose,” whatever that is. We saw his texts in which he and the rest of the Fox stars were mocking “demonic Trump” and then going on air and pushing his cause, so we’re going to let this guy have this videotape? He will bury the truth and push propaganda.
Second, I cannot prove a thing, but Tucker is the MAGA media star who at least acts most like he’s paid off by Russia. He is the one cheering for Russia in the war versus Ukraine. His show is the one played on Russian State Television. I almost wonder if this is perhaps why the tapes are going to Tucker.
It seems to me that a group like PBS or NBC News should immediately sue and say that if McCarthy wants to release the surveillance footage, he can do so, but it’s got to be released to everyone. This feels incredibly fascist. Kevin McCarthy “personally” gives Tucker the surveillance tapes? It is so “un-American” that it hurts the ears.
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