Fox News, and others in the corporate media, praised Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony before the January 6 Committee hours after Secret Service agents announced that they would contradict Hutchinson’s testimony under oath.
Hutchinson served as an aide to the White House during the last days of Trump’s presidency.
Hutchinson claimed White House deputy chief of staff Tony Ornato said that former President Donald Trump attempted to take over the Suburban presidential car during the Capitol riot. He was upset by Secret Service agent Bobby Engel’s efforts to stop him.
Hutchinson said that Trump had “said something along the lines of: ‘I’m the effing President, take me to the Capitol now .'”
A Fox News staffer reportedly said to the Daily Beast’s Justin Baragona, “Yeah, I don’t know how you possibly spin this,” after Hutchinson’s testimony.
Fox News journalists carried the same message on air.
Fox News’ Bret Baier called Hutchinson’s testimony “jaw-dropping.”
“”I’ve covered politics a long time,” Baier said. I don’t believe there have been any testimony such as this since Watergate .”
Fox News host Geraldo Rivera was kind enough to praise Baier for her “fair, exact, complete, balanced” assessment of Hutchinson’s testimony. Rivera also called Hutchinson’s testimony “damning” and a “bombshell,” before saying that she “deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom.”
Fox News Anchor Bret Baier is one of my heroes. He was right-on in his assessment of the bombshell testimony by Trump-aide Cassidy Hutchinson. It was fair, balanced, exact, and complete.
He’s right down the middle.
She deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 28, 2022
CNN’s Jake Tapper heavily promoted Hutchinson’s testimony, but admitted that “as of now, it is hearsay.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin and Jake Tapper of CNN, who sit on Lame Duck Speaker Pelosi’s illegal witch-hunt), are forced to acknowledge that Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony was just hearsay. “
” It is hearsay at the moment. – Tapper
“Oh, sure.” – Raskin pic.twitter.com/TXIxeCHa1J
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) June 28, 2022
Unfortunately, shortly following Hutchinson’s testimony, NBC/ABC confirmed that Secret Service agents with Trump on January 6, were available to testify under oath. They said that Trump had never tried to take control of the Suburban presidential vehicle or attacked any agent.