As previously reported, ABC’s This Week ignored the attempted assassination of Brett Kavanaugh, while gushing over White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, and obsessing over the Democrats January 6 committee hearings which revealed very few new details about the riot at the Capitol eighteen months ago.
This Week wasn’t the only Sunday show to ignore the attempted murder of a Supreme Court Justice while obsessing over January 6.
An analysis by NewsBusters found that ABC’s This Week, CBS’s Face the Nation, NBC’s Meet the Press, and CNN’s State of the Union spent one hour, thirty-three minutes, and seven seconds combined on the January 6 hearings and interviews:
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I just tallied the amount of coverage of the Jan 6 committee hearings vs the Kavanaugh assassination attempt on the Sunday shows:
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By contrast, Fox News Sunday covered the assassination attempt but also grilled Delaware Democrat Senator Chris Coons on the topic.
Anchor Bret Baier asked Coons:
You heard in Lucas’ piece, this week a man called police on himself saying he wanted to kill Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. He did that outside Kavanaugh’s home, armed and prepared to do it. You cosponsor this bill last month to beef up security for Supreme Court justices and their family, but the house has not moved on that bill for 30 days. You heard House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Lucas’ piece reference there’s no problem here, there’s protection for the justices, nobody is going to get harmed over the weekend. But what about that and what is the hold-up?
Coons claimed, “the House is working to add a provision that would allow the marshal of the Supreme Court to decide to extend protection to the staff and families of staff of the Supreme Court.”
Baier correctly noted how “there is already a federal statute on the books that makes it illegal to protest in front of a judge’s home. It is title 18, section 1507” and that these [pro abortion] groups published the conservative justices’ addresses online.”
Predictably Coons tried to tie the subject back to the January 6 hearings: “I do think we need to take stronger action to make sure that our federal judiciary is safe because that’s part of making sure our democracy is safe, which really is the core issue of the January 6 hearings.”
Bringing up the left’s glaring hypocrisy on incitement of violence, Baier brought up Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer’s threats in front of the Supreme Court during a pro-abortion rally:
CHUCK SCHUMER: I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price! You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.
BAIER: On the steps of the Supreme Court, did those words qualify, Senator?
Coons didn’t directly answer the question. Instead, he played both siderism by claiming “all of us need to reduce the level of our rhetoric and be mindful of the fact that stirring up potential violence is not a good or constructive thing to be doing at this moment in our country by any political leader.”
At least Fox News was responsible in their coverage of the attempt on the life of a Supreme Court Justice and didn’t pretend it never happened like the other Sunday shows.
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