Fox News’ take on Jan. 6 committee shows how lies spread

Thanks for the editor’s note immediately correcting claims made in a recent letter to the editor regarding testimony before the Jan. 6 committee. The letter writer must not have watched the hearings, otherwise he’d have heard what regarding Donald Trump’s claim ordering 10,000 National Guard troops for Jan.6, 2021.

I wonder where the writer got his false ideas? Did he gullibly trust someone who claimed to know what was sworn to during the hearings? Isn’t democracy important enough to him that he would watch the hearings rather than depend on second hand reports?

Non-partisan CSPAN, as well as CNN, MSNBC — but not Fox News— carried and repeated in various time slots the entire public hearings. CSPAN, as always, had no commentary. CNN and MSNBC presented left, right and center commentary after each part of the hearings. Fox reported little of the sworn testimony but let its opinion programs stir emotions with unsworn claims and misrepresentations. Where CSPAN, CNN and MSNBC focused on hard evidence and sworn testimony, Fox propagandized. And irresponsible fans of Fox gullibly took its hosts at their word, leading to the spread of false information or outright lies exactly as the letter writer presented.

Shame on the writer and any other citizen for being gullible. Shame for not comparing hard evidence and sworn testimony against mere claims and opinions. Our civic responsibility is to apply the skills society offered K-12, most especially to political life we are part of whether or not we want to be.

Paul Heckel


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