As we all know from textual content messages revealed by the January 6 committee final month, a complete bunch of Fox Information hosts had been—justifiably!—horrified by the assault on the Capitol and despatched deeply involved messages to the White Home in an try and get Donald Trump to place a cease to the violence. As we additionally know, Fox Information hosts are essentially the most shameless individuals to stroll the face of the earth. And so, regardless of having written issues like, “Mark, the president wants to inform individuals within the Capitol to go house. That is hurting all of us. He’s destroying his legacy” (Laura Ingraham), “Please, get him on TV. Destroying all the pieces you could have completed” (Brian Kilmeade), and “Can he make a press release? Ask individuals to go away the Capitol” (Sean Hannity), the community’s high stars have spent the final 12 months arguing that the occasions of the day weren’t truly that dangerous. Or that they had been a false flag. Or that the rioters had been truly antifa. Or that none of that is actual and it’s all in our heads.
One of the vital widespread excuses that they’ve coalesced round in latest months is claiming that, okay, the Capitol was breached, nevertheless it was nowhere close to as severe as Democrats and the mainstream media have made it out to be. Regular individuals who haven’t had their brains scrambled by Rupert Murdoch’s minions after all know that this isn’t true—5 individuals died because of a bunch of violent Trump supporters attempting to overturn an election—however because the gang at Fox argued, if it had actually been that dangerous, the individuals would have been charged with severe crimes like sedition or riot. “Oh, it was an ‘riot,’” Tucker Carlson sarcastically instructed his viewers in Might. “So how most of the individuals in that riot had been charged with insurrecting? With sedition? With treason? Zero.”
“Are you aware how many individuals have been charged with inciting riot or sedition or treason or home terrorism because of something?” Ingraham requested final week, which marked the anniversary of the assault. “Zero.” “Right here’s a thought,” Brit Hume wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “Let’s base our view on whether or not 1/6 was an ‘riot’ on whether or not these arrested are charged with riot. To date, none has been.”
Sadly for Hume and his colleagues, that “thought” bit him within the ass simply hours later, when 11 individuals related to the right-wing extremist group Oath Keepers had been—anticipate it—charged with seditious conspiracy, a time period almost synonymous with riot.
Because the indictment towards Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and his friends reads, “Rhodes and sure co-conspirators…deliberate to cease the lawful switch of presidential energy by January 20, 2021, which included a number of methods to deploy power. They coordinated journey throughout the nation to enter Washington, D.C., outfitted themselves with quite a lot of weapons, donned fight and tactical gear, and had been ready to reply Rhodes’ name to take up arms at Rhodes’ route.” (Rhodes has denied wrongdoing, claiming he was merely speaking together with his group’s members on January 6 to “hold them out of hassle,” and that those that entered the Capitol “went completely off mission.”)
At this level, somebody in a position to expertise disgrace would possibly go on the air and begin their present by explaining that they obtained it fallacious and apologizing to their viewers. However as we’ve beforehand established, that’s an emotion Fox hosts are incapable of feeling. As an illustration, what did Carlson’s Thursday night time present entail? For those who answered “an embarrassingly sympathetic interview with one of many individuals charged with sedition,” congratulations, you understand your Fox hosts!