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The January 6th Committee has hired a professional media propagandist to add some Zing! Zang! Pazowie! to their televised proceedings on the very serious and not at all political work they are doing to “get to the truth” of the incidents on January 6th of 2021 at the US Capitol.
Congress’ committee to investigate the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol and then-President Donald Trump‘s role in it (known as the Jan. 6 committee) has tapped former ABC News president James Goldston to produce a primetime special dedicated to the hearing. According to Axios‘ Mike Allen, Goldston has been “busily producing Thursday’s 8 p.m. ET hearing as if it were a blockbuster investigative special.”
Interesting that their tireless, relentless pursuit of “the truth” has not included asking a single protester, “Why were you there? Who told you you could go into the Capitol?” These would seem to be salient questions a comprehensive investigation might ask. But instead, the investigation has been what every reasoning person predicted it would be; a partisan exercise to relitigate Trump’s impeachment. Oh, and push for elimination of the Electoral College to ensure no Republican ever wins the presidency again.
The January 6 Committee Investigation is a big deal to people who hate Trump and love the Deep State and the Status Quo. But it’s never gained traction outside that circle for a very good reason; the events of January 6 have not affected the lives of Americans outside the political class. Americans are contending with gas at $5 a gallon headed to $6. Americans are coping with an inflation rate far higher than the “official figures” claim. (The same dozen eggs that were $1.79 last year are $3.79 now. That is not an 8.5% inflation rate.) Americans are coping with an outbreak of violent crime not seen since the 1990s. Public schools have become centers for indoctrination into racialist and sexually deviant ideologies. These issues matter more, no matter how many professional news jockeys the January 6th Committee hires to promote the conclusions of an investigation that were written before it even started. The Executive Summary of the Committee Report can be three words: Orange Man Bad.
As Congress prepares for a series of televised hearings on the assault starting Thursday, polls show the Republican party is on track to make big gains in midterm elections despite fielding candidates who embrace the false narrative of election fraud that fueled the riot and shun efforts to investigate the attack.
“The fact that it wasn’t a game-changing moment is pretty remarkable,” Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University presidential historian, said. “It’s historically pretty hard to believe.”
This media class was 100% in sympathy with Black Lives Matter and Antifa as they burned and looted their way through predominantly lower-class neighborhoods. A protest at the seat of the national government shocks and befuddles them. This time, it wasn’t “capitalist” businesses being looted, our bourgeoisie neighborhoods being burned. This was a peasant revolt against their1 ruling class and it would not be tolerated or go unanswered!
Outside the detached and oblivious political/media class there may be an unremarked undercurrent of sympathy to the protesters at the Capitol. The US Government is widely and correctly viewed as corrupt, incompetent, and indifferent to the concerns of the people. This is, after all, a Congress that can come together to send $40 billion to a corrupt foreign country of little strategic interest to the United States, but couldn’t come up with $10 Billion to secure our own border. The January 6th Committee represents only the interests of an insular political class. It’s telling that they have reached out to their brethren in the media class to tell a story that deliberately excludes the concerns of the working class.Published in