Empower Wisconsin | June 13, 2022
MADISON — Last week, America was force-fed a two-hour, made-for-TV drama starring the House select committee “investigating” the Jan. 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol. Produced by a former ABC News executive and paid for by taxpayers, the insurrection show was the narrative that Democrats and their BFF Liz Cheney wanted Americans to see.
Some 19 million people tuned in. Those with only basic broadcast television channels had little choice if they wanted to watch TV in primetime. Each of the major news networks, as well as CNN and MSNBC, preempted their regular primetime schedules to run the special. Fox declined to do so, but still finished second in the cable ratings, according to figures from Nielsen.
The outlets that have served as loyal public-relations agents for the Democratic Party breathlessly reported on the show, which is just the latest attempt to get Donald Trump — their Public Enemy No. 1. Their partisan message was not lost on anyone: Trump and the people who still support him are dangerous to democracy.
So is U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — at least by the Democrats’ measure of incitement. But the Senate Majority Leader’s threatening public rant on conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices didn’t merit special hearings or a primetime special.
In March 2020, as the court heard a case about a Louisiana abortion law, Schumer told pro-abortion supporters gathered outside the Supreme Court that two justices nominated by then-President Trump would “pay the price.”
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price,” Schumer predicted, referring to justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
Guess what almost “hit” Justice Kavanaugh last week: An alleged would-be assassin who was arrested in possession of a gun, ammunition, a knife, pepper spray, zip ties and other gear near Kavanaugh’s Maryland home. As Fox News reported, the suspect told police he was upset by a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is about to overrule Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark abortion case. He also said he was upset about the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, and believed Kavanaugh would vote to loosen gun control laws, the affidavit said.
Since the leak, pro-abortion protesters have illegally demonstrated outside the justice’s home. Just part of the “whirlwind.”
As they were preparing for their primetime drama, Democrats who control the House blocked a bill that would increase security for Supreme Court justices. Why? Nobody is in any danger, they said.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who has been driving the Dems’ Jan. 6 insurrection narrative, claims the House is still working on a bill. As the Epoch Times reported, Pelosi got huffy after a reporter brought up the attempt on Kavanaugh’s life.
“He’s protected. The justices are protected,” she said. “It’s not about the justices, it’s about the staff and the rest. I don’t know what you’re talking about because evidently you haven’t seen what the language is—there will be a bill, but nobody is in danger.”
In short, it’s not a story, according to Democrats. The same news outlets that so vigorously covered the Jan. 6 committee’s insurrection show apparently agreed.
The New York Times buried its one story of the assassination plot against Kavanaugh on page A20 of its Thursday edition.
Stories that did earn a spot on the front page of Thursday’s Times included a primer on the primetime January 6 committee hearing set for Thursday night and a piece on returning to office spaces to work after the Covid-19 pandemic. Even on page 20, the Kavanaugh story received short shrift, coming in below the headline “New York A.G. Set to Question Three Trumps Under Oath.”
The Kavanaugh headline does not acknowledge Roske’s stated intention to murder the justice, instead stating “Man With Pistol, Crowbar And Zip Ties Is Arrested Near Kavanaugh’s Home.”
Such journalistic sins of omission and one-sided coverage are big reasons why a mere 7% of U.S. adults say they have “a great deal of trust and confidence” in newspapers, television and radio news reporting.
It’s also why the collective “mainstream media” is Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.