Tucker Carlson is premiering a new series about the January 6th attack on Congress, and he’s released a trailer that is getting a lot of attention, and drawing concern. The evidence so far suggests that disinformation and propaganda drove that attack, and now it’s the subject of the next round of propaganda.
Since the advance footage dropped on Twitter Wednesday night, there have been a lot of concerns expressed about what claims are advanced by the series, and what consequences could result from it. We’ve seen fans of right-wing media influencers and propagandists turn to violence — to name a single example, recall the Comet Ping-Pong (“Pizzagate”) incident, in which a man showed up with a rifle, thinking he was going to rescue trafficked children in a fictional basement, after hearing anti-Clinton propaganda.
Now Tucker Carlson has drooped footage titled “The True Story Behind 1/6” and the short preview goes on to describe the events as “the war on terror 2.0 and the plot against the people.” It adds other scare titles, like “PATRIOT PURGE,” while voice-overs by Carlson and others declare that “the left is hunting the right,” that “half the country” is being targeted and labeled as terrorists, and that “false flags” are being used to control the populace. In fact, there’s a suggestion that January 6th “might have been” just such a false flag.
Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of the conservatives who has stood against and rejected the Big Lie and some aspects of Trumpism, responded to the ad Thursday.
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) October 28, 2021
He called it disgusting, and criticized Fox News for allowing it. He said it’s time for people at the network to speak out.
Kinzinger is one of the Republicans on the 1/6 Committee, and he’s one of the few Republicans who continues to push back against narratives claiming that the attackers that day were just “tourists,” and propagandist claims that it was an inside job incited by the FBI in order to demonize Trump and his supporters.
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