Fox News To Air Jan. 6 Committee Hearings After Previously Ignoring It

Fox's Howard Kurtz announced on Media Buzz on Sunday that Fox News will be covering the January 6 Committee hearing on Monday, despite failing to cover it last week Thursday.

On Thursday, while the Fox Business Network cable channel and streaming platforms provided coverage of the hearing, hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity appeared in their regular time slots.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson dismissed the idea that the first hearing was significant and on his Friday night show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, he referred to it as a "show trial."

He took aim at other networks that decided to air the hearing during their prime time slots and accused them of doing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "bidding."

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A general view shows a House Select Committee hearing to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol, in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 9, 2022. Fox News to air Jan. 6 committee hearings after previously ignoring it. Mandel Ngan/Getty

"Yesterday was Thursday, a day that will live in shame in the history of the American news business," Carlson said.

"Last night, every news network in this country, but this one, faithfully surrendered its entire prime time line up to Nancy Pelosi. In place of news coverage, people who tuned in got two straight hours of unedited campaign propaganda scripted by the Democratic Party.

"The effect was North Korean, every channel the same. Nothing like it has ever happened like it in this country. The news anchors that faithfully did Pelosi's bidding pretended they were airing some sort of congressional hearing. But they were lying, it was not a hearing.

"At a hearing descent is permitted, the other side can speak, evidence is presented, evidence is not censored or deceptively edited, that is not allowed.

"So what we saw last night was definitely not a hearing, it was a show trial."

According to a Los Angeles Times report, the first hearing last week was viewed by at least 20 million people, based on data gathered by marketing research company Nielsen.

ABC had the most viewers Thursday with 4.9 million, followed by MSNBC (4.2 million), NBC (3.6 million), CBS (3.7 million), CNN (2.6 million), Fox Business Network (223,000), CNBC (158,000), Newsmax (137,000) and NewsNation (125,000).

In comparison, Fox News Channel averaged 3 million viewers over the two hours with its counter programming, on par with what the hosts attract on a typical night.

Congressman Adam Schiff, a member of the committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot, said that there is "powerful" evidence coming in the upcoming hearings that could offer hard proof that former President Donald Trump was responsible for what happened on the day.

Speaking to ABC'S This Week on Sunday and responding to host Martha Raddatz, he said: "You heard a good sampling of what you are going to see in the hearings to come.

"The evidence is very powerful that Donald Trump began telling this big lie even before the election that he was saying that any ballots counted after Election Day were going to be inherently suspect.

"That lie continued after the election and ultimately led to this mob assembling and attacking the Capitol."

The hearing is expected to begin around 10 a.m. ET on Monday and will also have daytime hearings on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Newsweek has contacted Fox News for comment.