Why journalists have to make decisions about how to cover the January 6 riot aftermath


“Yesterday wasn’t the end. Yesterday was the first battle of the war.”

That’s what John Douglas Wright advised his native newspaper on January 7. Wright, 54, who operates a shuttle bus firm in Ohio, vowed to proceed contesting Donald Trump’s loss. “I promise you,” he advised the Canton Repository that day, it isn’t over.
Voting in the 2020 election was over six months in the past Monday. The ensuing episode of home terrorism at the Capitol was almost 4 months in the past. Yet it is nonetheless not over. On Monday Wright was arrested and charged with quite a few crimes, together with bodily violence, disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice/Congress, and false statements to federal brokers. He pleaded not responsible. His protection lawyer says he “got caught up in the moment” simply “like a lot of Americans.”

Like a lot of the Republican social gathering, evidently. Because perception in the Big Lie is now a GOP litmus check. The lies proceed; the prosecutions proceed; and the pathetic makes an attempt to cover it up additionally proceed.

Some media shops are rightly treating this as an enormous ongoing story. Others are minimizing it. And others are ignoring it altogether. Case in level: I could not discover a single point out of dissident GOP lawmaker Liz Cheney on Fox News from the previous three days. And barely any protection of the Capitol riot aftermath in any respect. News that’s inescapable, to some shoppers, is invisible to others. And that is partly what accounts for the divergent factors of view about this topic.

I acknowledge that the fact hurts. The fact of the riot is shameful. There’s a particular need to whitewash it and say it wasn’t that dangerous. Facing it head-on is just too embarrassing, I suppose. And the folks keen to face the fact are being punished…

Liz vs. lies

Cheney is “risking it all to challenge her party to stop with the lying,” Jake Tapper stated on “The Lead” Monday afternoon. “She’s tweeting the truth about the Big Lie as the war within the GOP escalates. How will the party of Trump and his sycophants respond?” By removing her from the leadership ranks, in all chance.
NCS’s Jamie Gangel and Michael Warren obtained information about Cheney’s feedback at a non-public AEI retreat in Georgia on Monday. Cheney said “we can’t embrace the notion the election is stolen. It’s a poison in the bloodstream of our democracy.” She stated “we can’t whitewash what happened on January 6 or perpetuate Trump’s big lie. It is a threat to democracy. What he did on January 6 is a line that cannot be crossed.”
Cheney additionally tweeted comparable sentiments. “One way to judge the peril of the times,” John Dickerson of CBS said, “is the controversial statements that are treated as normal. The other, is normal statements that are treated as controversial.”
Cheney’s normal statement about President Biden profitable in 2020 was, certainly, handled as controversial, on condition that 70% of Republicans in a recent NCS poll stated they don’t suppose Biden gained sufficient votes to be president.

Cheney’s tweet got here seemingly in response to Trump’s assertion that it is the election itself, not his denialism, that must be “known as THE BIG LIE” to any extent further.

Columnist Will Bunch identified: “Remember when ‘fake news’ described an actual problem? — websites halfway around the world posting fake stories to boost Trump. So Trump neutralized the term ‘fake news’ by co-opting it and making it all meaningless. He’s doing it again with #TheBigLie…”

What say you, Paul Ryan?

Oliver Darcy writes: “Cheney was being interviewed on stage by former House speaker Paul Ryan at that AEI retreat on Monday. Cheney was right, of course, but it’s ironic that she delivered those comments to Ryan. Ryan sits on the Fox Corp. board and has stood by silently as the company’s right-wing talk channel first pushed the Big Lie and now allows its stars to whitewash the Capitol Hill attack. When will he speak out about the rhetoric he is quite literally profiting off of?”

“The health of U.S. democracy” is at stake

That’s what Michael Gerson says. The Bush 43 aide and conservative WaPo columnist wrote that “a founding lie” like the 2020 sham (*6*) He blasted elected Republicans for going along with it…
That’s a view from the rational proper. Here’s a view from the left, the Democratic voting rights lawyer Marc Elias: “The Republican attack on voting and undermining of democracy is the most under-covered story in America today,” Elias tweeted Monday. “I fear that 50 years from now, it will be what this period is most remembered for and yet most of the media treats it as a both-sides political dispute.”

A query for TV hosts

What to do — allow the reminiscence gap? Or resist it? “Too many Sunday news shows repeatedly book the likes of Kevin McCarthy, Ted Cruz and Ron Johnson without reminding viewers how these members of Congress tried to undo the results of the election,” WaPo’s Margaret Sullivan wrote Sunday. “A rare exception is NCS’s ‘State of the Union,’ which hasn’t booked a single member of the so-called Sedition Caucus since January.”

“From a journalist perspective, you really have to make a decision,” NCS’s Pamela Brown stated on air Sunday night time. “There’s three buckets here. You can choose not to have these elected Republicans on; you can choose to give them the platform but also challenge them” on the lies; “or you can have them on and, of course, not bring it up at all.” The one factor that’s “not doable is denial,” NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen stated in response to Brown.

Then Rosen zoomed out to make this larger level. “We have a two-party system and one of the two parties is anti-democratic,” he asserted. “The routines and assumptions of mainstream political journalism aren’t built for that situation. And the real problem is not just these kinds of questions and what to do about the ‘Stop the Steal’ politicians, it’s what do we do when we have a two-party system and one of the two parties is anti-democratic? I don’t think our press has started to grapple with that yet.”

Inside OAN’s Arizona protection

Oliver Darcy writes: “If you’re relying on the right-wing propaganda channel OAN for coverage of the Arizona GOP’s election recount, you are probably under the impression that it actually will yield results for Trump. ‘Ariz. Audit Chief Says Probe Of 2020 Fraud Is Gaining Momentum,’ blared one headline from the outlet on Monday. The network also aired a lengthy interview with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in which he continued to push the Big Lie, saying there was evidence the voting systems in the US were tampered with. And, seemingly seeking to advance its narrative, the channel reached out to law professor Rick Hasen to ask: ‘Hypothetically, what happens if an election is overturned after the new president takes office?'”
>> Related story: Lindell is now slamming Newsmax for its Friday Dominion retraction and vowing to solely watch OAN now…

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