Fox News’ prime-time personalities Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson were slammed on Tuesday for their coverage of the first day of the House select committee’s hearing on the U.S. Capitol riot.
Ingraham responded to the harrowing testimony from officers who faced down the violent mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters on Jan. 6 with a spoof awards ceremony.
Carlson, meanwhile, cast doubt on their claims and smirked.
Ingraham said the hearing was akin to “performance art.”
Among the “awards,” Ingraham gave “best performance in an action role” to Washington Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, who during his testimony recalled fearing he’d be shot with his own weapon.
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“There was certainly a lot of violence that day, but it was not a terrorist attack,” said Ingraham. “It wasn’t 9/11. It wasn’t the worst thing that ever happened to America. It wasn’t an insurrection.”
Carlson, meanwhile, responded with a smirk to footage of Fanone telling the hearing he’d experienced post-traumatic stress disorder after the riot.
Throughout his monologue, Carlson piled onto his previous claims about the violence just being a “political protest that got out of hand.”
Critics called the commentaries “disgusting” and “despicable.”