On Tuesday’s Daily Show, Trevor Noah marveled at the House Select Committee’s brilliant statement on the events of January 6: a frantic batch of text messages from Fox News hosts to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the attack, urging him to. Donald Trump urged the rioters to stop.
“Mark, the president should tell the people in the Capitol to go home,” Fox host Laura Ingraham wrote to Meadows. “It hurts us all. It destroys his legacy.” Sean Hannity wrote to Meadows that Trump should “make a statement” to “ask people to leave the Capitol.”
“Man, this is so amazing,” said the Daily Show host. “Fox News spent the whole year acting like January 6 was nothing. Just nothing, it’s just a few patriots whose voices you hear. But it turns out they were dreading it in secret.”
He added, “It’s like finding out the flight attendant has been telling you there’s a little bit of turbulence that’s actually going back into the cockpit like, ‘Doesn’t anyone know how to fly that thing?! “.
He continued, “It’s crazy that CNN fired Chris Cuomo because he was caught giving secret advice to a politician, who’s his brother.” “But now it turns out that everyone on Fox News has been giving secret advice to President Trump and his people,” including Fox and Friends presenter Brian Kilmead.
“But I guess that’s what makes it so good?” Noah added. “As if one person in your network does not have integrity, that is a problem. But if no one has integrity, it is company policy.”
On the Late Show, Stephen Colbert also examined the raft of text messages sent to Meadows, including from the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, who wrote, “We need an Oval Office address, he’s got to drive now.”
Well, that reveals two things about Don Jr., Colbert said. “First, he knew his father was responsible and failed to drive, and second, he doesn’t have his father’s cell phone number.”
As for Ingraham’s own fear that Trump’s failure to tackle the riot was “destroying his legacy,” Colbert was surprised. “The January 6 attack freaked out Laura Ingraham! And remember her side hustle will show up in your bathroom mirror if you whisper Medicare for All three times.”
“Fox News hosts pushed the big election lie for the months leading up to January 6th,” he added. “And then when their obedient spectators stormed the Capitol, they acted in astonishment.”
Reminds me of Charles Manson’s statement after his arrest: What did they do?! I was kidding. Sorry Helter. “
And in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at the two-faced performances of Trump supporters despite his own misgivings about the insurgency. “Donald Trump Jr., the man who sticks a beard to his face every morning, was right: the president did nothing for hours, and as a result people died,” Kimmel said. “Of course, Don Jr. has spent the past 11 months praising his father’s inaction.”
Kimmel then read texts from Kilmeade, Ingraham, and Hannity to express concern about the president’s legacy of instigating the attack on the Capitol. “Gee, if only they had some kind of media where they could say it publicly,”
The host then compared the transcripts to his on-air statements after the riots: “There was definitely a lot of violence that day but it wasn’t a terrorist attack, it wasn’t 9/11, and it wasn’t the worst thing that happened to America,” Ingraham said on July 27, 2021. It wasn’t a rebellion.”
“Please make him come on TV, destroy everything you’ve accomplished,” Brian Kilmedy wrote during the attack. And in November of this year, on Fox News: “Why every other network, if you take the January 6th out of the rundown, will have a test pattern.”
“I have to say, I don’t think we give enough credit to the Fox News gang to represent it,” Kimmel noted. “It’s really good.”