Mitch McConnell Erupts On Fox News

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( – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) has argued that Fox News made “a mistake” by downplaying the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot as a mostly peaceful protest that was chaotic. The Capitol Police has also criticized this revision of the events arguing that it is “offensive” and “misleading.”

On Tuesday McConnell told Reporters that he endorsed Police Chief Tom Manger’s criticisms about Fox host Tucker Carlson choosing to depict more calm scenes from the Capitol attack instead of actually providing context and more information about the chaos and violence that ensued on that day. During this statement, McConnell was also holding a copy of the police chief’s statement.

He added that his primary concern was with how the event was depicted. He added that the Capitol Police Chief is equipped with providing a correct account of what took place on Jan. 6, 2021, and that Fox News had made the wrong choice by depicting a variation of the events that did not match what was described by the chief law enforcement official at the Capitol.

Manger, the police chief, described Carlson’s depiction of the Jan. 6 attack as “filled with offensive and misleading conclusions.”

During his show Carlson had stated that calling Jan. 6 a deadly insurrection is “a lie” and he argued that there was “very little” organization and violence associated with the events of that day. Carlson’s comments come after Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) allowed him and his team exclusive access to thousands of hours of security footage from the event.

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