As Congress wrangles over a select committee, reporters piece together the January 6 puzzle pieces


“Thank goodness for a free press – investigating and reporting Congress should have done it long before now,” Asha Rangappa wrote Wednesday.
She was talking about this brand new New York Times video survey titled “Day of rage”, based on thousands of videos of the January 6 riot, as well as radio dispatches, witness interviews and other documents. The Times’ extraordinary production was widely welcomed by reporters on Wednesday.
Now the House creates a select committee to investigate the deadly attack. The front page of the Washington Post on Thursday sums it up: “The House, in a partisan divide, votes to create a panel to investigate Jan.6.” Leader Karoun Demirjian focuses on “political challenges facing Democrats” as they investigate the attack, acknowledging that the imbalanced vote showed how “Republicans have rallied to the review of an attack which they once strongly condemned “.
“Only two Republicans joined Democrats in supporting his formation – Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois,” the CNN article noted.
Several things are happening at the same time. The pro-Trump media are increasingly brazen excuse the insurgents. Legitimate journalists shed new light on the attack. And government agents are locking up more suspected rioters. “Prosecutors have also targeted those who allegedly attacked members of the media or damaged their equipment,” said Spencer S. Hsu and Rachel Weiner of WaPo. noted Wednesday …

Meet the “Sedition Hunters”

HuffPost senior justice reporter Ryan Reilly has spent much of the past six months covering the FBI manhunt for rioters. Wednesday he went out with a new story about the “anonymous online detectives who tracked down the digital breadcrumbs that Capitol suspects they have often unknowingly strewn across the Internet.”

These detectives call themselves “sedition hunters” – and they “generated leads, made connections and kept the authorities on their toes.” Now, Reilly expands his report to book form: Ben Adams of Public Affairs has acquired his work, tentatively titled “Sedition Hunters”, on online investigators and “the implications of the investigation on civil liberties and the 21st century font “.

This is the first book deal I’ve seen that is specifically related to January 6 and its aftermath. Many upcoming books on Trump’s last year in office will contain new reporting on the riot, however …

The angle of PolitiFact

Why are reporters on a fact-checking website reviewing documents filed by courts around January 6? Because they want to document the role that disinformation played in the attack. Bill McCarthy Released “first findings” Wednesday and promised more to come.
Documents relating to about half of the 430 defendants arrested up to June 1 “shed light on how misinformed beliefs influenced the lives of defendants before the riot,” wrote McCarthy, a professor of DC music “who amplified false conspiracy theories on her podcast and YouTube channel” to “Pennsylvania woman who suggested on Facebook that people who” start research “will find Democrats” have been “trafficking children for years “” To a “man from Ventura, Calif. Who said in videos posted to YouTube and other platforms long before January 6 that the Smithsonian Institution is hiding evidence of giants and that we may be living in a simulation. “Read the full report here. It was really a riot of lies …

New fears for the month of August, all because of a wacky theory

Speaking of disinformation, here is the latest report from CNNers Zachary Cohen and Geneva Sands: “DHS officials warn that the same kind of rhetoric and false narratives that fueled the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol could lead to more. of violence this summer by the right. A growing belief among some Donald Trump supporters that the former president will be reinstated in August, coupled with relaxed Covid-19 restrictions, has raised concerns among DHS officials that online rhetoric and threats will translate into violence real in the coming months, as more people are out and in public places. “Continue reading …


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