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Insurrectionists storm the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. Photo credit: Tyler Merbler

Fox News Misinformation on January 6

March 8, 2023

Fox News Misinformation on January 6

Why do so many Fox viewers believe Tucker Carlson when the videos he showed were clearly edited leaving out the violence that took place on Jan. 6?

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Fox News personality Tucker Carlson this week is releasing security video from the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, using footage provided exclusively to him by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, to falsely portray the riot as a peaceful gathering. James Sasso, who served as senior investigative counsel for the Jan. 6 committee, joins Geoff Bennett to discuss.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who is James Sasso? What investigative team was he on?
  • What happened on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol?
  • Why did NewsHour call Tucker Carlson a “personality” if he hosts a news show?
  • Where and When was the Jan. 6 insurrection?
  • How did the Jan. 6 videos shared by the Jan. 6 committee differ greatly from what Fox News shared?

Focus Questions

Why does it matter that Fox News is putting out misinformation about Jan. 6? Why do so many Fox viewers believe Tucker Carlson when the videos he showed were clearly edited leaving out the violence that took place on Jan. 6?

Media Literacy: Why do you think the NewsHour chose to interview someone who was part of the investigative team into the Jan. 6 attack?

Talking About January 6 and Threats to Democracy

Using last year’s January 6, insurrection as a teachable moment, we assembled educational resources to help students reflect on the events leading up to and on that day, as well as resources that explore ongoing threats to the integrity of a democratic government, including how to foster media literacy and civil discourse, understand voter suppression and how to identify misinformation. Included are civic education lessons that can be adapted across the curriculum.

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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