Last night, right before they went on air, it was revealed that Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity were trying to get messages to Donald Trump that day of the insurrection. In panicky messages, both hoped that Trump would step in and stop the attack.
Of course, Hannity and Ingraham went on air last night without saying anything. Neither did Brian Kilmeade, another Fox host who had texted Mark Meadows and was on air all morning. The network was called out by Dem. Rep. Jim McGovern during this morning’s hearings.
The Massachusetts congressman remarked, “I think that it’s notable that as of the start of the meeting that there has been zero mention on Fox News of their hosts’ texts to Mark Meadows, the texts that Ms. Cheney read last night at the Select Committee’s meeting. Not one. And that despite the fact that one of the hosts (Brian Kilmeade) that texted him was live on the air all morning.”
“But what I’m upset about is that what they’ve publicly said ever since, that what happened that day somehow wasn’t the fault of Donald Trump and his allies, that what happened really wasn’t a big deal, that all this is being over-hyped,” McGovern remarked. “This would be a good time for these hosts to use their platforms to tell the American people the truth, just like they were privately texting Mark Meadows the truth on that terrible day, that the president’s inaction hurt us all, that he should have done more, that he should have pushed to stop the violence. But I have to say that their silence is deafening.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.