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It’s been quite something to watch the members of the Jan. 6 Committee melt down over House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) giving Tucker Carlson and his crew access to thousands of hours of footage of what happened on Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol. The Jan. 6 witch hunters are panicking and furious that Americans might see something other than the partisan show that they put on with their Committee.
I reported on the tantrums that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and former representative Adam Kinzinger (now CNN flack) threw in response. Schiff revised his Russia collusion talking points, claiming Carlson was pushing “Kremlin talking points.”
Kevin McCarthy turned over Jan 6 videos to right-wing propagandist Tucker Carlson.
A man who spews Kremlin talking points. Suggests Jan 6 was a false flag. And spreads the Big Lie.
Make no mistake: This isn’t about transparency, it’s about fueling dangerous conspiracy theories.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 20, 2023
Kinzinger flipped out that it was shared with Carlson and not “with the rest of Congress or investigators,” even though former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) didn’t share it for two years, and neither did Kinzinger’s Committee.
So Kevin McCarthy shared the surveillance footage, not with the rest of congress, investigators, or anyone like that. It was @TuckerCarlson.
The “elisestefanik’ing” of McCarthy has been breathtaking, and not the man I thought i knew before Trump. Lies lies lies
— Adam Kinzinger #fella (@AdamKinzinger) February 21, 2023
But Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) tried to out-slime them both with his attack. First, he called Tucker Carlson a “pro-Putin journalist.” You’re pro-Putin if you question pouring out the treasury of the United States without end into Ukrainian coffers or you ask for accountability. Shame on you, Jamie Raskin and Adam Schiff with your shameless Russia talking points against anyone who questions you. And I thought an attack on media was supposed to be bad and anti-free speech?
Raskin also tried to smear Carlson and his crew claiming this was a “roadmap for 2024 insurrection.”
McCarthy giving 40,000 hrs of Jan. 6 tape to a pro-Putin journalist is an astounding ethical collapse. What security precautions were taken to keep this from becoming a roadmap for 2024 insurrection? Why isn’t it available to all media & public? Smell the MAGA propaganda coming.
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) February 20, 2023
“McCarthy giving 40,000 hrs of Jan. 6 tape to a pro-Putin journalist is an astounding ethical collapse,” Rasking complained. “What security precautions were taken to keep this from becoming a roadmap for 2024 insurrection? Why isn’t it available to all media & public? Smell the MAGA propaganda coming.”
So only the visuals that the Committee wants should be out there. If what the Committee released shows different security angles of the cameras, they think that’s fine. But apparently, no other video being released is fine. Now Raskin asks why the video isn’t available to all the media. Make up your mind, you can’t have it both ways. They could have released this video, but they chose to keep it back from the public. That’s on them. Raskin has the same problem with reality that Kinzinger had.
If they put all the truth out there, why should they be concerned? The fact that they are concerned tells you they know something other than what they presented is likely coming. That’s why the most important part of Raskin’s statement is the last part, the “Smell the MAGA propaganda coming.” He’s trying to get the jump on it, to claim whatever comes out of the video footage is somehow “propaganda.” There are the talking points. If looking at raw footage of what happened is “propaganda,” what is tailoring a whole committee to your political effort to get your political opponent?
We’re already hearing Tucker say that they’ve seen something that in some way contradicts what we have been told. So we know that’s going to further send the left over the edge, but they can’t stop what the footage is going to reveal, no matter how much they yell. There was no reason to withhold it, they could have excised classified information but released everything else.
How over the edge are some on the left with folks like Schiff and Raskin egging them on? Here’s Keith Olbermann going full fascist, calling to shut down Fox News, using Raskin’s words. To save “democracy,” of course so only one political narrative survives.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 21, 2023
If you’re trying to shut down your opponents or media because they disagree with you, you just may be the bad guys.
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