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Wed Jul 28, 2021, 01:17 PM

Jennifer Rubin @ WaPo: Jan. 6 select committee is already exceeding all expectations

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/07/28/jan-6-committee-manages-impress-educate/

Rarely does a congressional hearing manage to avoid grandstanding, uncover new and compelling evidence and exceed expectations. The Jan. 6 select committee managed to do all three.

Indeed, the surprises kept coming on Monday. The sincere and spontaneous emotional reactions from Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) and law enforcement officers stood as a rebuke to the cynicism of Republicans who continue to lie about the insurrection. It also implicitly rebuked the media, which too often dabbles in bothsidesism, even to this day.

Kinzinger could barely get through his tribute to the officers’ bravery. “You guys won," he said tearfully. “You guys held. Democracies are not defined by our bad days. We are defined by how we come back from bad days.”

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who has pulled no punches concerning the insurrection, was even more emphatic in skewering her own party. “On Jan. 6 and in the days thereafter, almost all members of my party recognized the events of that day for what they actually were," she said. She added, “No member of Congress should now attempt to defend the indefensible, obstruct this investigation or attempt to whitewash what happened that day.” It’s no wonder she gives Republican toadies the shakes, especially when she warns that failure to hold all those involved responsible would allow the cancer on our democracy to go unchecked. As she put it: “We must know what happened here at the Capitol. We must also know what happened every minute of that day in the White House. Every phone call. Every conversation. Every meeting leading up to, during, and after the attack.”

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The media coverage of the GOP’s ongoing attempt to undermine democracy has too often devolved into false “balance” and an inaccurate portrayal of a movement that now accepts violence and disdains elections. Journalists would do well to watch the full hearing and emulate the clear language offered by committee members and the witnesses. They must do better if they are to keep Americans informed about the ongoing threat to democracy. The days of putting Jan. 6 apologists and deniers on mainstream news programming must end. The media must stop acting as a conduit for Republican disinformation.

Finally, if the Justice Department harbored any doubt that it should investigate whether there was any involvement in the attack by lawmakers or whether the former president’s incitement of the mob rose to the level of criminality, that vanished on Monday. The officers pleaded with the committee to find anyone who “collaborated” or spurred the attack. They are not willing to let bygones be bygones. None of us should. The Justice Department should follow the facts and indict anyone found to be criminally liable for the violent insurrection.


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The media must stop acting as a conduit for Republican disinformation

You’d think after 5 years of insanity and a violent insurrection the media would already get this…..

It made me want to vomit reading articles in MSM accusing PELOSI of making the committee partisan by refusing to allow a likely material witness and someone who publicly stated they don’t support the committee’s purpose… on the committee.

Politico and USA Today have been PARTICULARLY BAD!

Charles Pierce calls Politico "Tiger Beat on the Potomac". That might be too kind of a description for them.

I get so ANGRY when I see some of these AWFUL misleading headlines. The Times is bad too.
Charlie Pierce is brilliant!

Both Politico and USA today are rags.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 01:36 PM

1. Amazing what you can accomplish when the entire committee is comprised of grown-ups.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 01:44 PM

2. Leave it to the inimitable Charlie Pierce calling Politico "Tiger Beat on the Potomac."

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 02:08 PM

3. I watched the January 6th attempted coup on TV with horror.

I watched the Congressional Committee yesterday in tears but with hope.

We will get to the perpetrators. Truth and justice will prevail.

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Response to BarbD (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 03:58 PM

13. I had the same reactions.

I was listening to testimony on NPR yesterday as I was driving and I got really choked up at some of it. Then I got angry all over again about what happened on Jan. 6th and I want to see justice served, starting with the entire trump family.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 02:12 PM

4. The Hill Is Also A Rag

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Response to Me. (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 02:43 PM

7. +1000

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Response to Marcuse (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 03:26 PM

11. the hill & politico are as bad as nyt & wash' post ! plus ya got'a pay for garbage!


FORGOT - FREEDOM OF THE PRESS- all for freedom of the press ,but mite try getting shit rite once in while . I gave up reading their shit 4 yrs ago.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 02:13 PM

5. Taking care of serious business.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 02:15 PM

6. Question: Are the subpoenas enforceable? Can they be refused, ignored?

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 02:57 PM

8. Yes, and yes. They technically have the power to arrest for noncompliance,

but that just isn't done when the violator is a public official. At worst a judge might be asked to find him in contempt, setting him up for some legal hand slapping.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 03:12 PM

10. Thanks, yeah I have seen the stonewalling going on even with the non-Select-committee type.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 03:08 PM

9. Because expectations were depressed by the distress, confusion, denial, gaslighting after Jan 6

Time is yielding much clarity which will allow more rapid progress with greater relevance. But the committee must do its job with relentless integrity.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 03:40 PM

12. Movie !!! I want the movie for Christmas !!!

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 04:23 PM

14. Probably Not Even Ironically, the Washington Post Itself Has Had Some Miserable Articles Recently

Accepting the horrid state of the white supremacist party as the status quo and playing both-siderism off of that.

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