Friday, June 17, 2022

Colbert, Meyers, and Kimmel on the third day of the January 6th Committee hearings

I told my readers "The third day of the January 6th Committee hearings are on as I write this. Stay tuned for reactions to that tomorrow" at the end of PBS Terra's 'Weathered' asks 'Do You Need a Gun to Survive the Next Disaster?' I begin with Stephen Colbert's monologue Mike Pence Was 40 Feet From The Jan. 6 Mob | T****'s Lawyers Knew Overturning Election Was A Crime.

John Eastman and the rest of the lawyers advising the former president knew that his plan to overturn the election was a crime, and today's Jan. 6th Committee hearing revealed that the insurrectionist mob got alarmingly close to getting their hands on VP Mike Pence that day.
Hearing and seeing all this actually makes me feel sorry for former Vice President Mike Pence and not feel sorry about feeling sorry. That's quite an achievement on the part of the committee.

Seth Meyers took a deeper dive into the hearing in Jan. 6 Hearing Reveals Trump and John Eastman Knew Their Plan Was Illegal: A Closer Look.

Seth takes a closer look at the January 6 committee releasing new evidence that Trump and his lawyer John Eastman knew their plan to overturn the 2020 election would violate the law.
In addition to Seth and his writers, including his poor video editor Emily, finding a different selection of clips to feature than Colbert, that a surprising amount of material in yesterday's hearing already came out in "Peril" by Woodward and Costa. The same is true of Ginni Thomas's' texts. A lot of what the committee is presenting is not new, but organizing the facts into a coherent story is.

I close with Jimmy Kimmel's monologue Jan 6th Hearings Get Crazier, Trump Screams About Equal Time & Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Dumb Take.

We had another unbelievable day in Washington as the January 6th hearings are getting so crazy it’s hard to believe they aren’t scripted, we’ve been hearing a lot about the lawyer who was pushing Trump and Pence to short-circuit the certification of the votes, we are learning more about the heated phone call between Trump and Pence on the morning of the 6th, Donny was on Truth Social screaming about “equal time,” Georgia Representative Barry Loudermilk is under scrutiny for giving Trump Supporters a tour of the Capitol right before the insurrection, Garbagy Taylor Greene was outside during the hearings complaining that the criminals who broke into the Capitol are being treated like criminals, Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker is having a difficult week after being caught in a number of lies, BeyoncĂ© is releasing a new album, and Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo is lending his voice to a new project with the folks at Disney+.
I thought using the Emmy-winning music from "Succession" for the "previously on 'Insurrection'" montage was inspired. I hope Jimmy Kimmel's writers do that again.

Finally, "Dikembe Mutombo is lending his voice to a new project with the folks at Disney+" reminds me of what I repeated in The history of 'May the Fourth be with you' for Star Wars Day.
As I wrote about CNN defending Big Bird after Ted Cruz called one of the character's tweets "Propaganda," "my readers should keep that relationship in mind when watching the clip above. It's not just news value that's driving it."
I'll have more about the hearings next week. In the meantime, stay tuned for a string of holiday posts, with Father's Day, Juneteenth, American Eagle Day, National Seashell Day, the Summer Solstice, World Giraffe Day, World Rainforest Day, and National Detroit-Style Pizza Day all on the agenda. As I've told my readers many times over the years, "I can't be all DOOM all the time!"

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