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January 6 Riot Committee To Hold Two Prime Time Televised Hearings

January 6 Riot Committee To Hold Two Prime Time Televised Hearings

Via The Guardian:

“The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol is expected to stage six public hearings in June on how Donald Trump and some allies broke the law as they sought to overturn the 2020 election results, according to sources familiar with the inquiry. According to a draft schedule reviewed by the Guardian, the select committee intends to hold six hearings, with the first and last in prime time, where its lawyers will run through how Trump’s schemes took shape before the election and culminated with the Capitol attack. The select committee appears to be planning for the hearings to be extensive affairs. The prime time hearings are currently scheduled to last between 1.5 and 2 hours and the morning hearings between 2 and 2.5 hours.

The counter-programming on Newsmax and OAN will probably be “The Democratic Debacle of Social Security” and “The benefits of indentured servitude.” while FOX will probably run a repeat of Tucker Carlson’s Ball Tanning Special.

Uproar After Transgender Contestant Outed On Survivor, But Is CBS Also To Blame?

 

Last night an outing of a “Survivor” cast member on television has sparked outrage from many.

Zeke Smith, (above right) who appeared on back-to-back seasons of the reality series, was revealed to be a transgender man by fellow contestant Jeff Varner in an episode that aired Wednesday night.

Varner, shared the information during an emotional Tribal Council on “Survivor: Game Changers.”

“Why haven’t you told anyone you’re transgender?” Varner asked Smith.

Other contestants reacted negatively, telling Varner that was personal and he shouldn’t have said it. Varner insisted he did it to show that Smith was deceptive during the game.

Smith responded by explaining that he didn’t want to be labeled “the trans ‘Survivor’ player.”

“I wanted to be Zeke the ‘Survivor’ player,” Smith said.

While what Varner did was insensitive and stupid, is Survivor also at fault here for setting this whole situation up from the beginning as a show stunt?

After all Survivor obviously knew that Zeke was transgender before the show began and has been know to cast “contestants” who had “secrets” And Smith who was cast last years Millennials vs. Gen X  never made it past the final nine before being booted off and was not a “Survivor Game Changer” as this season credits its cast as. Out of all the players from the past 30+ seasons and hundreds of contestants why did Survivor ask Zeke Smith to come back? Could it be because he didn’t last long enough last season for his “secret” to be exposed?

What Jeff Varner did was despicable and he has apologized, But perhaps he is not the only one who should apologize.

Maybe Jeff Probst, Survivor, and CBS also needs to apologize for this bit of manipulative stunt casting to help its ratings that have been sinking steadily season after season. 

It is “reality” television after all.