House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) responded to media critics who asked if he regretted giving Fox News’ Tucker Carlson access to unreleased footage of the January 6th events.
“Do you regret giving him this footage so he could whitewash the events of that day,” one reporter asked the House Speaker. McCarthy defended Carlson and his decision, citing “transparency” as a large factor in his move to give the Fox News host access to the footage. “I said at the very beginning – transparency. And so what I want to produce for everybody is exactly what I said, that people can actually look at it and see what’s gone on that day.”
“Each person can come up with their own conclusion [about the footage], but what I just want to make sure is I had transparency,” the California Republican added.
McCarthy went on to take a shot at CNN, referencing how their media coverage has raised serious security concerns for members of Congress like himself in the past. He then reminded the frustrated reporters a second time that he wants “to make sure transparency goes forward.”
Kevin McCarthy doesn't regret giving Tucker the J6 footage:
"I said at the very beginning: transparency. What I wanted to produce for everyone was exactly what I said so people could look at it and see what went on that day." pic.twitter.com/uYJHyWuhuv
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) March 8, 2023