ACTION ALERT: Sign the Petition: Televise the January 6th House Select Committee Hearings

May 25th, 2022 - by People For the American Way & Common Cause

Tell ABC, CBS and NBC:
Televise the January 6 Hearings Live

People For the American Way & Common Cause

(May 24, 2022) — I’m sure you remember where you were as the insurrection of last January 6th unfolded, and a violent and racist mob stormed our US Capitol in an attempt to overthrow our government. Personally, I was glued to the TV screen with shock and outrage over what this meant for our country.

On that day, all the major networks covered the deadly riot for hours, scrapping most of their planned programming. These networks knew that the public needed, and had a right, to witness the day’s horrific events with their own eyes.

Now, the House Select Committee on the events of January 6 is planning to hold a series of high-profile public hearings about its findings; the first such hearing will be the evening of June 9. We’re urging networks to once again prioritize our right to be informed — and broadcast these hearings in full.

So please sign our joint petition with Common Cause: Tell the broadcast television networks to air the January 6 House investigators’ hearings live and in prime time.

We deserve to hear and see the Committee’s hearings first-hand — because we have a right to demand accountability and make informed decisions about what comes next for our country.

Just consider this historical example: when impeachment proceedings against President Nixon began, the public wasn’t convinced. But by the time he left office, people from all parties were overwhelmingly in support of his removal.

What changed? A major factor was PBS’s decision to broadcast the Watergate hearings in full — 247 hours total. Millions of viewers tuned in as the story of the Watergate break-in and the cover-up unfolded before their eyes, hearing testimony from presidential advisors, the attorney general, former spies, and more.

A strong democracy needs an informed public. And especially today — when our political climate is marked by disinformation and distractions that would be unheard of in the 1970s — the only way to cut through the noise is with the absolute, unvarnished truth from witnesses testifying under oath.

So please add your name today: TV networks must put our democracy first and commit to televising the January 6th House Select Committee’s upcoming hearings live and in prime time.

If you believe, as I do, that we deserve ALL of the facts — and that everyone who helped incite or plan the deadly attack on our Capitol should be held accountable, at ALL levels — I hope you’ll speak out today.

Thanks so much for your activism,

The Letter
To: ABC, CBS, NBC, and Other Networks 

Every one of us has a right to be informed about what happened on January 6th, 2021 — and to participate in any calls for accountability. That’s why we urge ABC, CBS, NBC, and other broadcast networks to air the January 6th House Select Committee’s upcoming hearings in full, both live and in prime time.