Fox News cut away from the Jan. 6 hearing minutes before testimony by Trump aides about GOP lawmakers who sought pardons

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  • Fox News returned a regularly scheduled talk show as damning testimony aired elsewhere.

  • Thursday's Jan. 6 hearing ran late, but Fox was the only of the major cable networks to cut away.

  • Instead, Fox News aired the more lighthearted show "The Five" as usual.

Just as former Department of Justice Officials were detailing how they threatened to resign en masse if former President Donald Trump went ahead with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, Fox News cut away to air its previously scheduled talk show, "The Five."

CNN and MSNBC aired the hearings in full, which ended with Rep. Adam Kinzinger listing six GOP lawmakers whom Trump aides testified sought pardons in the administration's final weeks.

Other than the first of the five hearings so far, Fox News has carried the proceedings without commercial breaks, save for recesses during the proceedings.

The network chose to carry its primetime lineup as usual on the first night, with the hearings airing on the Fox Business Channel instead.

On Tuesday, Fox News host Martha MacCallum offered a take on how Democrats would use the hearing footage in campaign commercials, even though that would be illegal. She also emphasized how the Trump campaign was unable to present any evidence of voter fraud.

Tucker Carlson has stood out as the only host attempting to counter program the hearings with a revamped version of the demonstrably false conspiracy theory he previously floated in a streaming documentary on the insurrection being an inside job.

Fox News did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

 

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