The tapes are coming again. After the firing of Tucker Carlson by Fox News, the lone journalist who had access to the January 6 tapes no longer had a venue to report on more than he initially did. Now, House Republicans are releasing the tapes to more journalists.
This is good news, but there’s a huge asterisk that must be addressed. We weren’t promised a filtered view of the January 6 tapes through elite journalists. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy said he would release all of the tapes to the public. That hasn’t happened, and unless something changes soon it appears it’s never going to happen.
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Two of the journalists selected to receive the tapes are superb. It doesn’t get much better than John Solomon from Just The News and Julie Kelly from American Greatness when it comes to releasing such important information. A third unnamed journalist is also getting the tapes. Since they’re unnamed, we can assume that it’s either a news outlet that still hasn’t decided who’s going to take the lead on the project or it’s a leftist corporate media hack. We’ll know soon enough.
But letting journalists see the tapes and telling us what they found is a far cry from the huge potential benefits of releasing the tapes to the public. Unleashing the power of American patriots to find and disseminate useful information would be exponentially more powerful. We will get some truths from the journalists with access, but it’s impossible for them to find it all regardless of how big their teams are.
On a side note, it’s telling that Congresswoman Greene was selected to deliver the good but not great news. Ever since the GOP won a majority in the House, Greene has been in lockstep with McCarthy. What’s going on with that?
Here are the details of the release from Harold Hutchison from Daily Caller News Foundation:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Announces Release of Jan. 6 Tapes to More Outlets: ‘Unfettered Access’
John Solomon of JustTheNews.com, Julie Kelly of American Greatness and an unnamed outlet will receive “unfettered access” to the over 41,000 hours of video footage of the Capitol riot, the Georgia congresswoman posted on Twitter.
Their reporting on it starts tomorrow!
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) May 31, 2023
“As I promised the J6 tapes will be released. @SpeakerMcCarthy will give @jsolomonReports, @Julie_kelly2, and a third outlet unfettered access to the J6 tapes,” Greene tweeted. “Their reporting on it starts tomorrow!”
Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the Speaker of the House, previously provided then-Fox News host Tucker Carlson, a co-founder of the Daily Caller and Daily Caller News Foundation, access to the tapes, Axios reported. Previous reports indicated that the amount of footage was 14,000 hours.
On March 6, Carlson aired video of the riot that showed Capitol Police officers escorting one protestor, the “QAnon shaman,” through the halls of the building. Carlson also showed video of Republican Sen. John Hawley of Missouri being escorted with other members of Congress from the Capitol, saying the Jan. 6 Committee selectively edited it to target Hawley.
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