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Fox News does not plan to hold January 6 hearings live

Nicole Hemmer, a Columbia University historian and author of “Messengers from the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics,” said Fox News’ decision to put the Jan. 6 committee hearing on its smaller platforms fit into a larger conservative one. argument that the insurgency was “not that bad”.

“To air it on their little sister network, they reinforce that argument: it’s not important,” she said.

Fox News disputed that claim on Tuesday, saying the audience would be accessible to its audience in several ways. Coverage on Fox Business will be led by Bret Baier, Fox News’ most prominent host who is not overtly partisan, along with Martha MacCallum. This programming will also air on the Fox News website as well as Fox’s streaming service, Fox Nation. Mr. Baier and Ms. MacCallum will appear on Fox News after prime time with an after-hearing special at 11 p.m.

The network also highlighted its past coverage, in full, of other Capitol Hill sessions, such as the Supreme Court confirmation hearings. These were daytime events.

By not showing the live hearings during prime time, Fox News is potentially saving itself an awkward moment on screen. Private communications between several Fox anchors and the Trump administration were uncovered during the committee’s Jan. 6 investigation. Several messages show how deeply concerned the hosts were about the rioters and Mr Trump’s refusal to reprimand them on the day of the attack.

In text messages, Mr Hannity, Ms Ingraham and ‘Fox & Friends’ morning show host Brian Kilmeade expressed growing concern to Mark Meadows, Mr Trump’s chief of staff, as the attack unfolds. was taking place. “He is destroying his legacy,” Ms Ingraham wrote in a message obtained by the committee.

The other major television stations plan to cover the audience with their most prominent journalists. The broadcast networks will call on their evening news anchors – David Muir, Lester Holt and Norah O’Donnell – to lead two hours of coverage. CNN will be looking to Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper, along with a small army of reporters and correspondents. Rachel Maddow, Nicolle Wallace and Joy Reid will host the coverage on MSNBC.