How Fox News Covered the First Jan. 6 Hearing

The House select committee probing the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol held its first prime-time hearing Thursday evening, and while most major television channels broadcasted the panel's findings, Fox News relegated coverage to secondary outlets as the channel's hosts ripped into the committee.

"Democrats and liberals, they've been flopping in prime-time television for years. It's always the same, right?" Fox News host Laura Ingraham said on The Ingraham Angle, slamming the committee's hearing as a "flop," "ludicrous," and a "snooze fest."

"It's misleading information, vicious innuendo, attempts to connect the dots that never quite pay off. That drumbeat, constant drumbeat of demonization and distraction. It's neither entertaining nor edifying," she told her viewers.

Major television channels including NBC, CBS, MSNBC and CNN broadcast the committee's findings, during which Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, the vice-chair and one of just two Republican panel members, outlined the issues the committee will cover in the next five public hearings.

House Select Committee January 6 hearing
Fox News hosts like Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson resorted to slamming coverage of the House's January 6 investigation instead of airing it like other news channels. Above, the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a public hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 9, 2022. JABIN BOTSFORD/POOL/AFP/Getty Images

Fox News issued a statement earlier in the week saying that its live coverage of the primetime hearing will instead be broadcast on the Fox Business Network and hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. Coverage plans for next week's hearings have not been announced.

During his prime-time slot, Sean Hannity described the committee's long-awaited first hearing as "boring."

"The dullest, the most boring, there's absolutely nothing new, multi-hour Democratic fundraiser, masquerading as a January 6 hearing," said Hannity.

Meanwhile, Fox host Tucker Carlson accused television channels that aired the committee's televised public hearing of broadcasting "propaganda."

"It's deranged, and we're not playing along. This is the only hour on an American news channel that will not be carrying their propaganda live. They are lying."

"THE JANUARY 6TH 'SHOW TRIAL' IS UNDERWAY," a banner on Carlson's screen read at one point during Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Carlson and Hannity in their respective hour-long shows invited guests who repeated unsubstantiated claims surrounding the riot at the U.S. Capitol. The January 6 attack that saw a mob of Trump supporters storming the Capitol was a "forgettably minor" incident of violence, said Carlson, describing the committee's hearing as a "moral lecture."

The Fox News host also claimed "not a single person in the crowd that day was found to be carrying a firearm," despite court papers showing otherwise. Hannity called the panel a "sham committee," while pushing unsubstantiated claims that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned down Trump's request to have 10,000 National Guard troops at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

A spokesperson for Pelosi has rejected the claims, and has said that the speaker's office was not consulted or contacted concerning any request for the National Guard ahead of January 6, 2021.

The committee hearings will resume on Monday at 10 a.m. ET.

Newsweek reached out to Fox News for comment.