Now Trump — and his allies — are despicably planning to counterprogram the January 6 hearings that aim to explain to the American people about the efforts to prevent the peaceful transfer of power. It’s the very definition of un-American.
— Dean Obeidallah for CNN
I’m no defender of President Donald Trump’s actions on Jan. 6. But Democrats weighted a congressional committee to investigate what happened that day, and they’ve hired a former network news producer to dramatize the primetime “revelation” of their findings. As Axios reports today:
I’m told Goldston is busily producing Thursday’s 8 p.m. ET hearing as if it were a blockbuster investigative special.
He plans to make it raw enough so that skeptical journalists will find the material fresh, and chew over the disclosures in future coverage.
And he wants it to draw the eyeballs of Americans who haven’t followed the ins and outs of the Capitol riot probe.
Firstly, I’m pretty sure if the evidence the Democrats have — the evidence that Obeidallah and CNN are crowing about so proudly — was really all that damning, they wouldn’t need to dramatize the presentation. Facts tend to speak for themselves.
Secondly, even if it could be claimed with a straight face that the approach to the Jan. 6 congressional probe has been straight-laced up to this point, there’s no better example of playing politics with the issue than hiring a former TV producer to come on board and create a dramatic production — and then you want to accuse Republicans of being un-American. Good grief.
Here’s what’s going to happen Thursday night: Democrats are going to screech about how traitorous Trump and his team were on Jan. 6, and act as if Jan. 6 is the worst political scandal in history. Republicans are going to dismiss the revelations as partisan pandering. But for the American public as a whole, the needle isn’t going to move. Trump is almost certainly not going to be the Republican nominee for president in 2024, but the focus of Democrats and their media allies (chiefly, CNN) will risk generating voter sympathy for the former president. The night will end with President Joe Biden’s approval rating still lower than Trump’s. After a few days of bickering, we’ll all move on to whatever political issue comes next … and it’s probably going to be an issue of the Biden administration’s creation, since Team Biden can’t seem to avoid tripping over its own feet these days.