Former Fox News and NBC anchor Megyn Kelly accused the media of making the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol out to be “so much worse than it actually was.”
During her podcast on Monday, Kelly, and comedian Chrissie Mayr discussed the media coverage of the events.
“I was there, and anybody who was there on the 6th is, like, blown away with how, like, inaccurate the media coverage is,” Mayr said.
She continued, “At this point, it’s like I don’t want to listen to anybody’s thoughts on the 6th unless they were like there, like physically there, because it just so was not a big deal.”
Mayr later called it “horrible,” adding, “Ashli Babbitt was murdered, should not have happened, but for a group of people who could have come fully armed to the Capitol, they didn’t.”
She added, “It was extremely peaceful, and chill and most of us didn’t even know what was happening until hours later.”
Listen to their comments below:
Chiming in, Kelly argued, “There is no question the media represented it as so much worse than it actually was.”
Still, she acknowledged it was not a moment she enjoyed watching.
“We’ve all seen the video of people like screaming in the face of cops, being totally disparaging, and defecating on the floor of the U.S. Capitol,” Kelly said.
She added, “Lawmakers were understandably afraid. Not like AOC, ‘I need therapy for the rest of my life,’ afraid, but I can understand it, and I didn’t like seeing it at all.”
Kelly then accused the media of doing “what it does which is, ‘Any bad behavior gets attributed to the entire group of Trump supporters.'”
Five Americans lost their lives as a result of the Capitol riot. According to The New York Times, about 140 officers were injured during the riot. Seventy-three were from the Capitol Police, and 65 were from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington.
CBS News reported last week that more than 535 defendants had been arrested for their alleged role in the riot. The FBI also said the agency has yet to identify more than 300 Americans who are believed to have committed violent acts on the grounds of the Capitol, as the outlet notes.
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