As we know from text messages unveiled by the committee on January 6 last month, a whole bunch of Fox News hosts – rightly so! – appalled by the attack on the Capitol and sent deeply concerned messages to the White House in an attempt to Donald Trump to put an end to the violence. As we also know, Fox News hosts are the most shameless people who walk the earth’s surface. And so, despite writing things like, “Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home. It hurts us all. He’s ruining his legacy” (Laura Ingraham), “Please, get him on TV. Ruin everything you’ve achieved” (Brian Kilmeade), and “Can he speak? Ask people to leave the Capitol” (Sean Hannity), the network’s top stars have spent the past year arguing that today’s events were actually not that bad. Or that they were a false flag. Or that the troublemakers were actually antifa. Or that none of this is genuine and it’s all in our heads.
One of the most popular excuses they have amassed in recent months is to claim that the Capitol was broken, but it was not nearly as serious as the Democrats and the mainstream media have made it out to be. Normal people who have not had their brains whistled past Rupert Murdochs henchmen know, of course, that this is not true – five people died as a result of a group of violent Trump supporters who tried to overturn an election– but as the gang at Fox argued, if it had really been that bad, the participants would have been accused of serious crimes like rebellion or rebellion. “Oh, it was a ‘rebellion'” Tucker Carlson told his viewers sarcastically in May. “So how many of the participants in that uprising had been accused of having rebelled? With rebellion? With betrayal? Zero.”
“Do you know how many people have been accused of inciting rebellion or rebellion or treason or domestic terrorism as a result of something?” asked Ingraham last week, which marked the anniversary of the attack. “Zero.” “Here’s a thought,” Brit Hume wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “Let’s base our view on whether 1/6 was a ‘rebellion’ on whether the detainees are accused of rebellion. So far no one has been.”
Unfortunately for Hume and his colleagues, that “thought” bit him in the ass just hours later, when 11 people affiliated with the right-wing extremist group Oath Keepers were – wait for it – accused of rebellious conspiracy, a term almost synonymous with insurgency.
As the accuser of the Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and his friends read: “Rhodes and certain conspirators … planned to stop the lawful transfer of presidential power before January 20, 2021, which included several ways to deploy power. They coordinated travel across the country to enter “Washington, DC, equipped itself with a variety of weapons, put on combat and tactical equipment, and was ready to respond to Rhodes’ call for arms in the direction of Rhodes.” Rhodes has denied any wrongdoing, claiming that he merely communicated with members of his group on January 6 to “keep them out of trouble,” and that those who entered the Capitol “went completely out of the mission. “
At this point, someone who may be experiencing shame may go on the air and start their show by explaining that they were wrong and apologizing to their audience. But as we’ve previously stated, it’s a feeling Fox hosts are not able to feel. For example, what did Carlson’s Thursday night show entail? If you answered “an embarrassingly sympathetic interview with one of the people charged with sedition,” congratulations, you know your Fox hosts!