The most salient complaint that many have mustered regarding the work of the January 6th select committee has been that the whole ordeal appears to be a Democratic ploy to meddle in upcoming elections, and the actions of the committee itself are largely to blame for that characterization.
At first, the group declared that their purpose was not to re-adjudicate the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, who was acquitted of “inciting” the attempted insurrection that took place on that fateful day. But, in the ensuing months, their focus on he and his closest allies has been undeniable and unavoidable.
And now, as they continue to feign their righteous purpose, they are hiring television producers to help conjure a gaudy spectacle for the nation at large later this week.
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol is working with a former ABC News television executive to help produce their upcoming hearings, according to a source familiar with the committee’s plans.
James Goldston — the former president of ABC News who also served as a producer for some of the network’s most successful news programs like 20/20, Nightline and Good Morning America — is helping the committee with the planning of the hearings and their presentation.
They appear to have no qualms in aiming for a high level of showmanship.
The committee has hopes of putting on hearings that don’t look like traditional congressional proceedings, and instead are multi-media presentations that weave a narrative outlining the committee’s findings. Their goal is to demonstrate how former President Donald Trump and his allies peddled a false narrative about the election that laid the groundwork for the riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
The melding of entertainment and politics, particularly in a situation as heated and revelatory as this one, is surely a sign that our elected officials have jumped the shark, and that the January 6th committee may be more farcical than factual come Thursday.