The Fox News Channel has reversed course and announced that they would air the live hearings of the House special committee investigation January 6 Capitol riot after first refusing to. The House hearing scored over 20 million viewers in prime time – more than Sunday night football averages.

Fox News initially only aired the continuous live coverage on Fox Business with Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum as hosts.

Fox News Media said in a statement that its other news channels would “cover the hearings as news warrants.”

Coverage is also being provided on Fox News Digital, Fox News Audio and Fox Nation.


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All other major networks have shown the continuous streaming of the hearings without specialized coverage.

Fox’s prime-time hosts have often heavily criticized the committee as a “purge” against conservatives.

Tucker Carlson previously produced a three-part series Patriot Purge that aimed to supposedly tell “the true story behind 1/6.″

The committee has also focused its attention on Fox’s own staff, releasing text messages sent to Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows by Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham to ask Donald Trump to stop the riot on January 6.

In the messages, Hannity said to Meadow to ask Trump to “make a statement, ask people to leave the Capitol.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) wrote on Twitter criticizing Fox’s initial refusal, saying, “If you work for Fox News and want to maintain your credibility as a journalist, now is a good time to speak out or quit. Enough is enough.”

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