Morning Joe rages at ‘disgusting’ Fox News coverage of Jan 6th hearing, but ratings settle the score

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and analyst John Heilemann joined forces to slam Fox News and other conservative media outlets, accusing them of disparaging four police officers who testified before the January 6th House Select Committee.

On Wednesday morning, Scarborough played footage from the hearing showing Officers Harry Dunn, Aquilino Gonell, Michael Fanone, and Daniel Hodges giving their statements before the liberal Pelosi-appointed panel concerning the Capitol riot. Then he began his attack on the protesters and former President Trump, “The video yesterday… the testimony was nothing short of extraordinary. These were great police officers, great cops, fathers, husbands, Americans who were defending this country. They were defending our Constitution and they were getting brutalized for it by terrorists that were sent to the Capitol by insurrectionists, by seditionists.”

After Heilemann praised the heroism of the officers, he pivoted and attacked Fox News hosts, claiming they mocked and demeaned the hearing. He seemed to be referring specifically to Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who gave out “best performance” awards Tuesday night to the officers with Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn giving the “best political performance” and Officer Michael Fanone giving the “best action performance.” Heilemann did not mention anyone directly by name.

“As moved as I was by the testimony, I was just enraged to see people on all of these right-wing networks getting on and saying they’re “crisis actors,” saying these people made this up. There’s prime-time hosts on other networks, giving out acting awards for who’s the best actor in this category, and that category. The most disgusting, appalling, morally depraved, stomach-churning behavior on people who are not even worthy to coexist on the same planet in some ways with these people,” he stated.

(Video Credit: MSNBC)

Heilemann claimed that the hearing would not change the minds of anyone who has been taken in by the “delusion” about January 6th being orchestrated by “this alternative parallel media infrastructure.”

Scarborough chimed in, saying, “You do wonder about the people who run those other networks,” referring to Fox News. “You wonder why they allow anti-American rhetoric like that to go over the air, why they allow the mocking and the ridiculing of law enforcement officers who risked their lives.”

“Any good American that respects law enforcement, that respects men and women in blue, any good American would have been moved by what they saw yesterday. And if they instead went on and mocked the service of those men who were nearly beaten to death for simply trying to protect their country because so much was on the line on that day, then accountability…goes to those people and those corporate boards that allow people like that on television. It’s a disgrace to America. It’s a disgrace to the networks that they’re members of. It’s a disgrace to all of us…” he dramatically concluded.

Scarborough is also a big fan of Rep. Liz Cheney who many conservatives consider a Republican in name only. She has sided with the Democrats in going after anyone connected to the Capitol riot.

Americans seem to be in disagreement with Scarborough as Fox News saw their ratings soar while its hosts tore into the first Jan. 6 investigative hearing. Tucker Carlson came out on top as the most-watched host.

According to Mediaite, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the most-watched show overall, averaging 3.02 million viewers and 520,000 in the 25-54 viewer demographic. “Hannity” was in second place overall with 2.7 million viewers. “The Five” took third place with 2.53 million total viewers.

“The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC came in fourth place with 2.3 million total viewers. CNN fell to new lows in the ratings.

Fourteen of the top 17 programs in the demo were part of the Fox network. Fox News averaged 1.2 million viewers and is ranked as the No. 1 basic cable network among total day viewers, followed by MSNBC and HGTV.


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