Jan 6 2021 | Conservative Newsmax peddles false information as of January 6

According to a recent study, Newsmax, a conservative TV network, is showing viewers an "alternative universe" of how the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol played out on January 6, 2021.



(AP) Washington — According to a recent study, a conservative TV network is offering viewers an "alternative universe" of how the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol played out on January 6, 2021.


Since a House committee started airing its testimony into the role former President Donald Trump and his friends played in the day's events in June, Newsmax has aired at least 40 untrue statements or conspiracy theories about the attack, according to NewsGuard, a software company that tracks misinformation.

According to NewsGuard analyst Jack Brewster, "If you're watching Newsmax, you may walk away with a whole different perspective of what transpired at the hearings, and what happened on Jan. 6."


Numerous of the untruths that were spread by reporters, anchors, and guests, including Republican members of Congress, have been consistently refuted. Newsmax declined to respond to the report.


Despite images from that day and federal charges that reveal some of the rioters had guns or were using pepper spray, flagpoles, and shock guns as weapons, anchors and guests have insisted that there were just a small number of rioters and that they were "unarmed." At least 2,000 persons, according to the Department of Justice's estimate, entered the US Capitol.


Trump was alerted that protestors were armed, according to testimony given last month by former White House adviser Cassidy Hutchinson.


For instance, the untrue assertion that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., prevented Trump from sending National Guard troops to the scene has been repeated 11 times since the committee's hearings on January 6 began on June 9. Pelosi does not command the National Guard, as was disproved more than a year ago.

The deceptive justifications routinely put up by Trump and his allies regarding the violent day at the U.S. Capitol are echoed by the Trump-friendly Newsmax. The maker of voting machines Dominion Voting Systems has also named Newsmax in a defamation complaint for making unfounded accusations that the 2020 election was rigged, which led a large number of protesters who later erupted into riots to visit the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Daily viewers of Newsmax, which is accessible on the majority of cable, satellite, and streaming providers, total around 200,000. In comparison to other conservative TV channels, Newsmax has aired misleading information on the uprising the most frequently, according to Brewster, who has been watching television misinformation around the hearings on January 6.


The durability of these statements, according to Brewster, "struck me the most." "These are unoriginal false assertions. Many of these have been used repeatedly.


The entire hearing has not been live-streamed by Newsmax, and the proceedings were referred to as "political theatre" in a news release from June.


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