Media Orgs Demand McCarthy Hand Over Jan. 6 Footage He Gave to Tucker Carlson

Information organizations expressed concern that Carlson would use the tapes to push an “ideologically-based narrative.”

Two separate teams of media organizations despatched letters to Speaker of the Home Kevin McCarthy (R-California) over the weekend, demanding entry to hundreds of hours of surveillance footage from the January 6, 2021, Capitol assault, which have to date solely been launched to Fox Information host Tucker Carlson.

McCarthy gave Carlson entry to greater than 44,000 hours of safety footage from the January 6 assault earlier this month. Carlson has repeatedly pushed unfounded conspiracy theories concerning the assault throughout his primetime program, and has described the try by lots of of loyalists to former President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 election as “vandalism” and a “forgettably minor outbreak” of violence.

A number of media organizations have written to McCarthy demanding entry to the footage. McCarthy, who confronted opposition from extremist members of his occasion in his bid to turn into speaker, had promised far right Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) that he would release the footage in exchange for his support. However Gaetz by no means stated the footage needed to be launched to Carlson particularly — as a substitute, the transfer was possible an try by McCarthy to win favor among the many furthest proper members of his occasion, particularly as a result of Carlson has been a vocal critic of McCarthy previously.

One letter, written on behalf of CBS Information, ABC Information, CNN, Politico, ProPublica, Axios, and others, was despatched to McCarthy on Friday.

“With out full public entry to the entire historic file, there’s concern that an ideologically-based narrative of an already polarizing occasion will take maintain within the public consciousness, with destabilizing dangers to the legitimacy of Congress, the Capitol Police, and the assorted federal investigations and prosecutions of January 6 crimes,” read the letter, which was written by attorney Charles Tobin.

A second letter, written by legal professional Laura Handman on behalf of NBC Information, The New York Occasions, The Washington Publish, and others, was additionally despatched to McCarthy on Friday. “There isn’t a foundation for additional delaying granting this entry — to those Information Organizations or every other media shops that make comparable requests,” that letter read.

McCarthy has not but responded to both letter, Axios reported on Saturday.

McCarthy’s announcement that he was transferring the footage to Carlson final week was extensively condemned, with many noting that the transfer introduced severe safety dangers.

“What safety precautions had been taken to maintain this from turning into a roadmap for 2024 rebellion?” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland), a member of the Home choose committee that investigated the January 6 assault, stated final week.

“It’s exhausting to overstate the potential safety dangers if this materials had been for use irresponsibly,” stated former chair of the January 6 committee Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi).

Others famous that McCarthy’s resolution to present Carlson the footage was possible strategic.

“The one cause to present the footage solely to Tucker is McCarthy is aware of the footage will solely reinforce the GOP’s most popular narrative whether it is selectively launched by an unrepentant manipulator and liar,” stated journalist Judd Legum.

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