John Berman, a CNN anchor, mentioned the upcoming 1/6 hearings and described Republicans as dirty pigs on Thursday – with former Congressman Joe Walsh and CNN host Brianna Keilar.

“We begin with brand-new reporting about the Capitol insurrection and the Democrats’ strategy to investigate it. Sources tell CNN that Democrats are making a conscious effort to avoid turning the probe into a spectacle. Something that they think Republicans might attempt to do. Democrats are also looking to keep some of the work they do behind closed doors,” CNN host Berman said during his opening statement.

Mark Finkelstein of Newsbusters reported while Berman played a clip of Fox “repeatedly channeling all of the Democrat chatter that Republicans will politicize the 1/6 hearings,” like this:

 [Look], the committee has met twice behind closed doors to try to sort out how they are going to move forward in investigating what happened on January 6. And one thing that they’re very conscious of, very aware of, is that Republicans are going to try to make this a spectacle as quickly as they can . . . They’re very conscious of the fact that select committees like the Benghazi select committee became something that was a political firework every time they had a public hearing. Some of the work that they want to do is going to happen behind closed doors . . . They’re also aware of the fact that to get some new information, to actually break through what happened on January 6, how these people were able to communicate ahead of this event, they need to have some real investigations that happen behind closed doors. … Whether or not Democrats can keep this from becoming a political circus, they’re going to try really hard and they’re very conscious of that.

Fox then surmised, ignoring the fact that Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) presence on the committee would not strike some members of the GOP as being representative of their positions, “And we should also note that Pelosi, in trying to make sure this doesn’t look like a partisan circus, has Liz Cheney that she appointed to this committee. That was a very conscious decision to send a message to some of her moderate members.”

“The Democrats shouldn’t be afraid, Brianna, to look into that truth, because that truth is that Donald Trump and the Republicans, the big lie, led to the why, to why people were there. I think Democrats really need to be unafraid here to pursue the truth,” Walsh told Keilar a few minutes late on the show.

Berman patronized, “The problem, though, is, as they used to say to me growing up on the farm, Joe, is that the thing is, when you wrestle with a pig, you both get dirty, and the pig likes it. The Republicans, as you say, they want this to be dirty.”

Here’s the transcript from Newsbusters’ report:

JOHN BERMAN: We begin with brand-new reporting about the Capitol insurrection and the Democrats’ strategy to investigate it. Sources tell CNN thatDemocrats are making a conscious effort to avoid turning the probe into a spectacle. Something that they think Republicans might attempt to do. Democrats are also looking to keep some of the work they do behind closed doors.

LAUREN FOX: Look, the committee has met twice behind closed doors to try to sort out how they are going to move forward in investigating what happened on January 6th. One thing thatthey’re very conscious of, very aware of, is that Republicans are going to try to make this a spectacleas quickly as they can . . . They’re very conscious of the fact that select committees like the Benghazi select committee became something that was a political firework every time they had a public hearing. Some of the work that they want to do is going to happen behind closed doors . . . They’re also aware of the fact that to get some new information, to actually break through what happened on January 6th, how these people were able to communicate ahead of this event, they need to have some real investigations that happen behind closed doors . . Whether or not Democrats can keep this from becoming a political circus, they’re going to try really hard and they’re very conscious of that.

. . . 

And we should also note that Pelosi, in trying to make sure this doesn’t look like a partisan circus, has Liz Cheney that she appointed to this committee. That was a very conscious decision to send a message to some of her moderate members.

. . . 

JOE WALSH: TheDemocrats shouldn’t be afraid, Brianna, to look into that truth, because that truth is that Donald Trump and the Republicans, the big lie, led to the why, to why people were there. I think Democrats really need to be unafraid here to pursue the truth.

BERMAN: The problem, though isas they used to say to me growing up on the farm, Joe, is that the thing is when you wrestle with a pig, you both get dirty, and the pig likes it. The Republicans, as you say, they want this to be dirty. 

Sources: Daily Wire, News Busters

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  1. Maggietish

    Just another example of why CNN ratings are in the toilet where they belong. We get it they hate Trump and they hate anybody who supports Trump and this Nation, our Constitution and the rights and freedoms guaranteed to the Americans people——but who cares what they think or say they are irrelevant. They are the puppets of and are totally controlled by the socialist/communist
    anti-American Democrats. Truth be told if President Trump and his supporters are Nazis, etc. and everything that CNN and other fake, corrupt, biased news media lies about and calls us then what are they so worried about? They have been gravely silent about the anarchy, violence, burning down and looting of small business and police precincts, assaults and attacks against police and innocent Americans including the murders of innocent children in the streets by BLM and Antifa That have taken place for well over a year throughout the cities and states that have been governed by the Democrats for decades. They, clearly like the Democrats, support this type of violence and anarchy and destruction simply by them not denouncing it or criticizing it in any way as a matter of fact they are encouraging it and clearly supporting it as a socialist/communist Dems do.

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