The White House from Washington, DC via Wikimedia Commons

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain appeared on MSNBC last Wednesday on Nicole Wallace’s program. She asked him exactly zero questions about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s would-be assassin. A man had shown up at the justice’s home late Tuesday night with a gun, knife and other equipment intent on killing Kavanaugh and himself.

On Thursday, most major media outlets ignored the story. The New York Times buried it at the back of the paper with only a tiny reference at the bottom of the front page. It was the 26th story down on CNN’s homepage. USA Today buried it, too.

But you must care desperately about Jan. 6.

For months, the Democrats and the press have told us Trump rallied a mob to storm the Capitol. Words matter. But the same people go mute on words mattering when a man drives cross-country intent on assassinating a Supreme Court Justice after the mayor of Chicago says to take up arms, the Senate majority leader says Kavanaugh will reap the whirlwind, and other Democrats make hysterical arguments and hyperbolic attacks on the Court.

The media coverage in the 24 hours after Kavanaugh’s would-be assassin was arrested discredits all the coverage of the Jan. 6 select committee. You can’t care about our democracy and constitutional order when you don’t care about would-be assassins murdering Supreme Court justices you don’t like. You can’t care about the fierce urgency to just do something to stop a Jan. 6 repeat when you won’t even pass a bill to fund security for the Supreme Court justices and their families.

All the networks except Fox covered the hearing. All criticized Fox for not carrying it.

Fox is the dominant news network with the highest ratings. It, like MSNBC and The New York Times, caters to its audience, which is larger than the other networks’. Fox’s audience is not interested in the story. I don’t actually blame Fox. I think it is a news item worth covering and I would cover it, but every other network is covering it. So, who cares?

That may upset you. But you are in the minority. Americans care far more about right now than an unsuccessful attempt to stop Congress last year. Historically, it is a big deal. But the public has moved on and no revelations from last night’s hearing will have staying power so long as Americans feel pain at the pump weekly and tone-deafness from Democrats on the need for battery-powered cars.

If the Democrats wanted the public to care, they could at least act like they care when a Supreme Court justice is targeted by an insane person. If the Democrats wanted the public to care, they could stop saying they’ve done everything they can on gas prices and instead make it really easy to drill and expand domestic drilling of oil tomorrow morning. If the press wanted the public to care, they could go all-out in explaining how much available oil we have domestically that could be produced to lower gas prices instead of fretting about climate change.

But because the Democrats and, by extension, so much of the press do not seem to really care about the plight of their fellow Americans in the here and now, Americans will not care about tonight’s spectacle.

The public should care. But they won’t. I don’t blame them. The press screams about attacks on democracy. The public is far more worried about attacks on their pocketbooks. That’s reality. You won’t get Americans to care about Congress on an empty stomach and an empty wallet.

To all of you who care about Jan. 6, this is very simple. The American people will care about this when they feel like Washington cares about them. Right now, Americans think the press, president and Congress only care about Americans who live in progressive urban enclaves, donate to Planned Parenthood, eat vegan, dress their kids in drag and drive battery-powered unicorns to their jobs in clean energy while wearing masks. Lament that if you must, but the public has to buy gas and groceries this weekend.

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  2. Of course they ignored it the creep was most likely inspired by the Congressional creeps Poncel neck Schummers statements and the likes of the slime that is running the Jan 6th with hunt.

  3. This “January 6th Hearing” is nothing more than a dog-and-pony act meant to distract people away from anything that matters.
    Besides, we all know that the January 6th “insurrection” was an Antifa act anyway. Not one Trump supporter entered the Capitol Building during the event.

  4. The American people have lost all and any control they have ever had with, supposedly, their government. Our vote isn’t even ours anymore, it belongs to the vote counters, which, of course, favors democrats. How is it, do you suppose, these types of committees, like the January 6th Committee, can get away with the BS they so often get away with? Sham, after sham, after sham, just like the impeachment trials. Our nation has become a tragedy in the making, a runaway train on the path towards oblivion and we’re paying for the high price of a ticket to ride in coach while Biden and company laugh around the kitchen table. Welcome to the New World Order, a long time in the framing and implementation, with Obama competing to become the leader.

  5. If a story proves that they are lying, bury it or ignore it — truth does not matter. It is up to each of us to fix this — “boycott” or stop watching stations that deny truth (thus, are DISHONEST and CORRUPT); speak up and get the truth told.

  6. Oh poor Judge Cavanaugh, X-Gendar-ist-Thug.
    How Dare You Ass-Hole! Really: “But you are in the minority. Americans care far more about right now than an unsuccessful attempt to stop Congress last year.”
    No F’ng way, you skum, it was nullifying a Federal Election. So we can’t trust the Federal Government, so that’s where you come in? We should trust you? Because “The People” are always wrong? How much will they have to be worth to vote in your F’ing World?

  7. Trump was a FANTASTIC President. He was bringing America back as he said he would do. The democrats want to ruin Americans and they have just about done it! We need Trump back ASAP. And yes, Trump did win the last election! Whatever they are saying about President Trump and Jan 6 is not important because he was trying to save America. We need that more than anything else. Wake UP People, before it is too late!

  8. Open/Chaotic Border, and ,
    Inflation out-of control,and,
    Supporting the Ukraine war, and,
    America Last policies/politicians, and,
    Wasting moneys in the Green Deal and/or Climate ,and,
    Letting China/Mexico/etc to control USA destiny, and,
    gender policies/insanity, and,
    changing the whole education system into liberal-marxist brainwashing, and, many more ……
    face America and the wellbeing of American Citizens !!

    Those must be fixed NOW !!!

    Who will do that ?
    MAGA 2024 + TRUMP !!!

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