Sermon that “simply won’t end”: WaPo and NY Times editorial columns criticize the Jan. 6 Committee as “ineffective” and “tedious”

The Jan. 6 Committee was slammed as “wholly ineffectual,” “tedious,” and carried out only for political reasons in two opinion articles published on Thursday, one by The New York Times and the other by The Washington Post.

The committee’s televised hearings ended Thursday, and a Washington Post opinion piece compared it to a church sermon that went on for too long while the congregation was thinking about brunch or Sunday football.

The Times guest piece alleged that the committee is not changing its opinions regarding the actions of the former president Donald Trump and has acted in a way that is too biased to persuade people that the committee is upholding democracy.

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The editorial piece in the Post, written by guest columnist Gary Abernathy, did not hold back in detailing how fat and domineering the committee has grown. Few things are as annoying as a preacher who simply won’t end his lecture until someone, anyone, steps up to confess and repent, regardless of how far most minds have long since drifted off to thoughts of football, afternoon naps, and Sunday dinner.

That’s how the tiresome Jan. 6 committee feels, he continued, with committee members determined to persuade everyone—regardless of how worn out, uninterested, or doubtful—that former President Donald Trump is evil personified, that his supporters are dangerously wayward enablers, and that abandoning them both is the only path to salvation.

Abernathy, in contrast to other media outlets, criticized the blockbuster last hearing for being a “monotonous rehash of what committee members clearly decided was their most damaging and convincing details.”

Abernathy was aware that Trump’s “refusal to engage in the peaceful transfer of power was unpatriotic, dishonorable, and dangerous,” but he said that “we recognized those things on January 6, 2021.” To make them public, no legislative committee was necessary.

What was the point of it all, he continued, “Now that the preacher seemed to finally be out of breath?” Politics was the objective, of course, and from the Democrats’ perspective, that’s quite acceptable, he wrote in response to his own question.

Contributing opinion writer Christopher Caldwell’s guest post for The Times gave the committee members a little more credit but also admitting that the hearings aren’t doing much to win over new supporters.

The committee, according to his writing, “has been assiduous in its research, artful in its cinematography, and nearly totally ineffectual in influencing opinions regarding the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump crowd in 2021.

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In support of this assertion, Caldwell cited a Monmouth University survey, noting that it was “taken this summer during the committee’s hiatus and found public opinion basically unchanged—even cemented.”

He said, “The 65 percent of Americans who in late June remembered Jan. 6 as a “riot” had become 64 percent a month later when the summer hearings completed.” to further emphasize his point. Joe Biden was viewed as having been fraudulently elected by 29% of voters before and 29% of voters after.

The article challenged the committee’s assertion that Trump orchestrated a coup against the government. It was not an attempt at a coup, Caldwell declared. Even if you think it was, Donald Trump was not in charge of it. For someone allegedly intent on overturning the government, Mr. Trump spent a remarkably large amount of time watching television and performed surprisingly little broadcast center seizure, commando unit mobilization, or emergency proclamation issuance.

Yes, he said. On January 6, Trump “clearly denigrated the position, humiliated the nation, and acted foolishly.” However, focusing on that particular day detracts from his less shocking but more serious wrongdoings.

The committee’s members have positioned themselves less as investigators and more as protectors of American democracy, according to Caldwell, who went on to criticize this. This location is inappropriate for such a mission. The group became too partisan to implement it.

The committee is made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who are both openly rebelling against their Trumpized party, he said. The committee is no longer well-suited to handle what is actually a very sensitive task because oppositional checks have been removed almost entirely.

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