Anchor Mike Emanuel moderated a discussion between Mike Crute, a progressive radio host and former gubernatorial candidate in Wisconsin, and Jeff Crouere, a conservative radio host from Louisiana and 2016 Republican National Convention delegate. The pair began by reacting to news that the Senate has reached a tentative agreement for legislation addressing gun reform, which Crute said was “a step in the right direction,” but moved on to a discussion about the fight for democracy.
Responding to a recent report about some Democrats questioning whether President Biden should run for reelection, Crute said that Biden “should be out there fighting for democracy every single day.”
“We should be talking about the Jan. 6 hearings that go on live that this network failed to cover, because I tell you what: the real fight is for democracy,” he continued. “The real fight is for the soul, and the real bullshit is that your network won’t cover it.”
“Woah, woah, woah,” Emanuel interjected. “We covered it plenty. We just aired it on the Fox Business Network. We sent it out to all our Fox stations. If you’re going to come on here, let me set the record straight. I want to be neutral here but when you attack our network, I have a problem with that.”
All hell breaks loose on Fox today when progressive talk show host Mike Crute, invited for a segment on gun control, riffs about J6: “The real bullshit is your network won’t cover it!” They went nuts. Enjoy! pic.twitter.com/BGB0c2RDmC
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) June 13, 2022
Rather than air the primetime hearing like most other outlets, Fox not only stuck with its regularly scheduled programming, but neither Tucker Carlson Tonight nor Hannity aired a single commercial. Instead, Fox Business Network, which averages a fraction of the nightly viewers as Fox News Channel, carried the hearings live.
Yet Crouere grumbled about Crute’s choice of words in describing Fox’s coverage. “That’s the kind of filth we get from the other side: using profane language,” he complained. Crute replied that Bill Barr, the former attorney general under President Trump, described his claims of election fraud as “bullshit” too, as the Jan. 6 committee revealed at Thursday’s hearing.
Fox News is planning on airing the second of the series of hearings, which will take place Monday morning and will include testimony from Chris Stirewalt, a former digital politics editor at the network who was fired after its decision desk called Arizona for Joe Biden in the 2020 election.