Jan. 6 Footage Comes Up Short?

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson had previously promised to provide access to never-before-seen footage from the January 6th, 2021 Capitol attack. However, during his first show on the topic, he failed to deliver on his promises to alter the public’s perception of the incident.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) provided Carlson with exclusive access to close to 44,000 hours of unreleased security footage from the day of the attack. However, this decision has led to a lot of criticism from both parties, and it has caused many to question whether this decision could lead to further security concerns for the Capitol. This is a point that the Capitol Police have also reiterated.

During his show, Carlson featured footage from the attack which showed the rioters roaming the Capitol building after they forced their way into the Capitol complex. In his statements, Carlson claimed that this footage does not support the claims made previously about January 6th being an insurrection. In fact, he claimed that the footage was enough proof to have the claim completely dismissed.

He added that while the footage does not answer every question relating to the insurrection, it does “prove beyond doubt the Democrats in Congress, assisted by [former Illinois Republican Rep.] Adam Kinzinger and [former Wyoming GOP Rep.] Liz Cheney, lied” about the incident.

However, in his report, Carlson also failed to include key details such as roles played by specific people and further diminished the violence that took place which resulted in multiple deaths.