The January 6 committee is trying to win over Fox News viewers

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot in the Capitol is attempting to reach a more diverse audience for its next public hearing by scheduling Wednesday lunchtime instead of prime time.

Committee member’s representative Zoe Lofgren told CNN on Sunday that moving the hearing to a daytime slot means it’s more likely to see Fox News, which totaled 1.4 million viewers from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 , she would broadcast for her viewers.

“It’s true, it’s not prime time. However, I would note that in the past Fox News has played our hearings if the hearing was during the day,” Lofgren said. “That’s a factor in reaching an audience that doesn’t watch CNN.”

Fox News, the highest-rated cable news network in America and a favorite among Conservatives, did not broadcast the committee’s prime-time hearings over the summer.

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Above, advertisements featuring Fox News personalities including Tucker Carlson adorn the front of the News Corporation building on March 13, 2019 in New York City. The Jan. 6 committee hopes Wednesday’s hearing will reach Fox News daytime audiences.
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Instead, the network chose to stick with its high-profile nightly lineup of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham — who have presented a different picture of the Capitol riots than what the panel provided — and left the live coverage to the hearings its digital websites and Fox Business Network, a sister network with a much smaller viewership.

The move has come under scrutiny from Fox critics, like former chief political correspondent Carl Cameron who said That New York times in June: “It’s impossible to believe it’s anything other than trying to make a statement by not showing up to walk away from what will surely be seen on every cable station and on the networks.”

On Wednesday, the panel is scheduled to meet again for what will likely be its final public hearing before releasing the final report on its findings, which will be “more comprehensive than some of the other hearings,” according to panel member Adam Schiff’s representative.

“It will tell the story of a key element in Donald Trump’s plot to overthrow the election. And the public will certainly learn things that they haven’t seen before, but they will also understand information that they already have in a different context by seeing how it relates to other elements of that storyline,” he said Ship on CNN.

Since the last hearing in July, the FBI has been conducting a search warrant at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, and New York Attorney General Letitia James is charging Trump with fraud.

Schiff said it was his opinion that the committee should make criminal referrals regarding Trump’s January 6 conduct, but that any referral would require unanimous approval by the panel makers.

“We will come to a decision as a committee and we will all abide by that decision and I will join our committee members if they disagree,” he said.

news week turned to Fox News for comment. The January 6 committee is trying to win over Fox News viewers

Rick Schindler

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