Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger used a Thursday Senate hearing to take another verbal shot at Tucker Carlson, criticizing the former top-rated Fox News anchor for his coverage of the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) questioned Manger at a budget hearing conducted by the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch of the Senate Committee on Appropriations about Carlson’s use of January 6 footage in his March 6 program covering the events of that day.
“In I think February or early March of this year, Speaker [Kevin] McCarthy authorized the release of more than 40,000 hours of security footage from the awful events of January 6,” Van Hollen said.
“He released them to former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who then used them to create a false narrative surrounding the events of that day, concluding that the attack on the Capitol was quote, ‘mostly peaceful chaos,’ and that, ‘The footage does not show an insurrection or riot in progress.’”
After noting that Carlson was removed from the airwaves by Fox News this week, Van Hollen claimed, “But much of the damage has been done” before asking, “Can you discuss the impact this false narrative has had on your employees?”
Manger responded: “When he did that program, I put out a message to all of my employees, and I talked to them about the narrative that he tried to put forth, how disrespectful it was to the men and women of the Capitol Police. And I think what was fortunate is that that narrative that Mr. Carlson tried to put out had no legs. I think most folks understood exactly what it was, and so I think that was very gratifying to the members of the Capitol Police to see that.”
“I appreciate that. And I agree with you that despite his best efforts, the American public understood exactly what happened on that day and that it was not the narrative that he put out,” Van Hollen said in response, according to The Epoch Times.
In his message, Manger criticized the remarks made during the broadcast of the footage on Tucker Carlson’s program, stating that they were “filled with offensive and misleading conclusions” regarding the January 6 disturbance. A group of individuals broke into the U.S. Capitol building, disrupting legislators who were attempting to certify President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.
“The program conveniently cherry-picked from the calmer moments of our 41,000 hours of video,” Manger claimed. “The commentary fails to provide context about the chaos and violence that happened before or during these less tense moments.”
NEW – Capitol Police chief Thomas Manger sends internal memo this am saying Carlson’s report was “filled with offensive and misleading conclusions” about Jan. 6 and says the “opinion program” never reached out with appropriate context. Reporting w/ @rachelvscott pic.twitter.com/BrnD0n4IN1
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) March 7, 2023
Manger objected explicitly to a segment in which Capitol Police officers guided Jacob Chansley, also known as the “QAnon Shaman,” through the Capitol building and to Carlson’s portrayal of them as “tour guides.”
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He also expressed concern about Carlson’s emphasis on Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who a medical examiner found had died of natural causes after suffering a stroke a day after the January 6 incident while protecting the Capitol, the Daily Wire reported. CONTINUE READING…