(RepublicanPeak.com)- During a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded that Fox News stop Tucker Carlson from airing any further surveillance footage from the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Tucker began featuring never-before-seen surveillance footage during Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” including clips showing Capitol Police officers escorting Jacob Chansley, the notorious “Qanon Shaman” around the building.
Schumer accused Carlson of manipulating viewers by “cherry-picking” clips from thousands of hours of surveillance footage. He claimed Carlson used the clips to “tell lies” and claim that there wasn’t an “insurrection.” Schumer accused Carlson of treating the American people and our democracy with “disdain.”
He warned that Carlson planned to feature more surveillance footage on Tuesday and said Fox News should tell him not to air it.
While speaking to reporters after his speech, Schumer said Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch has an obligation to stop Tucker Carlson from airing additional footage, claiming “our democracy depends on it.”
But it wasn’t just Democrat Chuck Schumer who criticized Fox News and Tucker Carlson over airing clips from the surveillance footage. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also said Fox made a mistake.
When speaking to reporters on Tuesday, McConnell said he is on the side of Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger who had earlier accused Carlson of reaching “offensive and misleading conclusions” during Monday’s broadcast.
McConnell said Fox News made a mistake when it allowed the riot to be depicted in a way that is at odds with what Chief Manger thinks.
When asked by CNN’s Manu Raju if he regretted his decision to give the surveillance footage to Carlson, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy said he didn’t. McCarthy explained that from the beginning, his decision was about “transparency.” He said the public should be able to see the footage and draw their own conclusions about what happened on January 6.