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NY Times spills the beans on purpose Jan. 6 committee's primetime hearings: 'To refocus voters' attention'

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The New York Times has spilled the beans.

According to the so-called "paper of record," House Democrats are hoping congressional hearings related to Jan. 6 will help them overcome their dire midterm election prospects.

What is going on?

The New York Times reported Tuesday that House Democrats want to use the hearings "to refocus voters' attention on Jan. 6" with the purpose of connecting "Republicans directly to an unprecedented plot to undermine democracy itself."

More from the Times:

With their control of Congress hanging in the balance, Democrats plan to use made-for-television moments and a carefully choreographed rollout of revelations over the course of six hearings to remind the public of the magnitude of Mr. Trump’s effort to overturn the election, and to persuade voters that the coming midterm elections are a chance to hold Republicans accountable for it.

The story, which paints Republicans in bad light and Democrats as righteous truth-exposers, importantly noted that voters are most concerned about the economy, sky-high inflation, and record-high gas prices.

Still, the Times quoted progressive political operatives who claim the hearings will persuade voters to support Democrats in November. Shockingly, the story exposed how Democrats "have met with networks about carrying the hearing live in prime time" and have even scheduled more than 90 watch parties. Those who attend a watch party in Washington will be rewarded with free ice cream.

The House committee investigating Jan. 6 — which is comprised of seven Democrats and two Republicans — is aiming "to deliver the equivalent of the Watergate hearings for the streaming era," the Times reported.

That is why the committee has retained James Goldston, the former president of ABC News, to lead TV production efforts.

When are the hearings?

The political theatre will begin Thursday at 8 p.m. EST. Major cable TV networks are expected to air the hearings, thus usurping their regularly scheduled programming for which advertisers pay.

The committee is expected to air six episodes, all produced by Goldston, that will run between 1.5 to 2.5 hours, according to the Times.

However, the committee has released few details about who will testify or what new evidence they will present. Instead, Democrats on the committee, like Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), have made vague hyperbolic claims that what will be presented will "blow the roof off the House."

Unfortunately for Democrats, a new NBC News poll released on Monday showed that fewer and fewer Americans believe former President Donald Trump is responsible for Jan. 6.

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