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NBC’s top executives and a number of lawmakers will reportedly host a pair of Jan. 6 witnesses as guests of NBCUniversal News Group during Wednesday’s Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association (RTCA) dinner.
In an obviously partisan gesture, Capitol food service worker Dion Montague and Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn are being honored for their testimony over their involvement in the Jan. 6 protest and their assistance in taking down those who took part in the breach of the Capitol that day.
Montague, a cafeteria worker, claims to have hidden in a staff area when former President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the building in the days leading up to President Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to The Hill.
Dunn has made a big deal out of defending the Capitol that day, raging against protesters and Republicans in general over the incident. He compared those who gained entrance to the Capitol to hitmen in remarks he made before the House select committee investigating Jan. 6.
Today is the day!!!
The RTCA Dinner and Awards Show!Tonight @ The Anthem! pic.twitter.com/SQ9PpAFIjF
— RTCA Capitol Hill (@RTCACapitolHill) March 16, 2022
Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA) will also be guests of NBCUniversal News Group in a brazen display of political bias according to an unnamed source via The Hill.
“Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, Symone Sanders, Garrett Haake, Yamiche Alcindor, Shannon Pettypiece, Jonathan Capehart, Ali Vitali, and over 100 journalists are said to be on the guestlist for the NBC dinner.
The dinner occurs every year and will mark the return of the nation’s Capitol to business as usual following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. It also announces that leftists are returning to their seats of power in DC.
RTCA boasts on its site, “Founded in 1939, and with more than 4000 members today, the RTCA is the voice of radio and television news on Capitol Hill.”
The group describes itself thusly:
The Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association was founded in 1939 and consists of broadcast journalists who report on the United States Congress. Membership includes radio and television broadcasters from around the world.
The RTCA works to protect the rights and privileges of radio and television news reporters who are assigned to bring the news of the United States Congress to viewers and listeners across the globe, and assist in every way possible to maintain the high standards of reporting by its members.
The organization also plays a supporting role in the mission of the Congressional radio and television galleries in promoting access for broadcasters to the elected members of the House and Senate.
The entire dinner seems to be a Jan. 6 fixation.
Award winners include Lisa Desjardins, from PBS NewsHour:
“On that afternoon, as the insurrection was underway, Lisa was the only reporter live on television, inside the Capitol, and outside of lockdown. During her reporting and two ways with our anchor Judy Woodruff, Lisa – first via phone –detailed the live breach of the Capitol building doors and even interviewed an insurrectionist as they streamed into the building. Later, she was able to utilize live Skype video and the stunning scenes revealed a calm and direct Lisa Desjardins, surrounded by insurrectionists and armed tactical forces, just before she was able to make safe exit alongside several members of Congress.”
CNN Capitol Hill, Investigative, & Justice Teams will also be honored.
“CNN has created a unique historical record of January 6th with its documentary Assault on Democracy: the Roots of Trump’s Insurrection. By using the voices of the people who were there, allowing them to share how their beliefs developed over time, combining that with rich historical details, and including a powerful play-by-play of the violence at the Capitol, CNN provided viewers with a greater understanding of the motivations of these Trump supporters, how the rhetoric escalated to violence and hopefully, that knowledge can be used to help prevent something like this from ever happening again,” the entry description reads.
“In addition to the television documentary, CNN published a complementary digital interactive titled Assault on Democracy: Paths to Insurrection – a deeply reported, uniquely immersive experience which focused on seven characters who emerged from the chaos – either as rioters or the stokers of the big lie, and tells their stories through compelling writing, interview clips, and their own social media and videos,” it continues.
That’s evidently just a taste of what will be dined on at the dinner honoring the media elite and the politically powerful in DC.
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