Conservative Media Turns on Donald Trump Amid January 6 Hearings Fallout

As the fallout from the January 6 hearings continues, a number of conservative media outlets appear to be turning against Donald Trump.

The House panel has presented stunning evidence about the attack on the U.S. Capitol, laying out the details of what it calls an "attempted coup" by the former president as he desperately sought to overturn the result of the 2020 election.

The panel wrapped up its summer of televised hearings with an eighth instalment during prime time on Thursday that revealed how Trump spent most of 187 minutes after giving a speech to his supporters on January 6, 2021, watching the violence at the Capitol unfold on television and refusing to listen to his advisers as they urged him to tell his supporters to stop.

The hearing prompted two newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch to publish scathing editorials on Friday condemning Trump's conduct as the violence raged.

Trump has shown "not an iota of regret" about what happened on January 6, The Wall Street Journal's editorial board wrote in an editorial titled "The President Who Stood Still on Jan. 6."

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit held at the Tampa Convention Center on July 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

"Mr. Trump took an oath to defend the Constitution, and he had a duty as Commander in Chief to protect the Capitol from a mob attacking it in his name. He refused," the editorial said.

"He didn't call the military to send help. He didn't call Mr. Pence [former Vice President Mike Pence] to check on the safety of his loyal VP. Instead he fed the mob's anger and let the riot play out."

While the editorial argued that the January 6 committee "lacks political balance," it said the "facts it is laying out in hearings are sobering."

"Character is revealed in a crisis, and Mr. Pence passed his Jan. 6 trial," the editorial concluded. "Mr. Trump utterly failed his."

Around the same time on Friday, the New York Post's editorial board also condemned the former president saying he was "unworthy" to ever be president again.

Trump's only focus on January 6, 2021, was to "find any means... to block the peaceful transfer of power," the Post's editorial said.

"There is no other explanation, just as there is no defense, for his refusal to stop the violence.

"It's up to the Justice Department to decide if this is a crime. But as a matter of principle, as a matter of character, Trump has proven himself unworthy to be this country's chief executive again."

Both editorials were far more critical of Trump than Murdoch's biggest megaphone: Fox News. "It's really just a cheap, selectively edited political ad," host Sean Hannity told viewers of his show.

However, some criticized Trump after testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top aide to ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, during a surprise hearing last month.

Fox anchor Bret Baier described Hutchinson's testimony as "compelling" and dismissed Trump's posts while she was testifying. "Cassie Hutchinson is under oath on Capitol Hill. The president is on Truth Social making his statements," Baier said.

That testimony prompted The Washington Examiner to publish an editorial saying it "ought to ring the death knell" for Trump's political career.

"Trump is unfit to be anywhere near power ever again," it added.