Comedian Jimmy Kimmel used his appearance as host of the 95th Academy Awards to take shots at Fox News host Tucker Carlson and claim "editors" are what made the footage of the January 6 incident appear the way it did.
Following the announcement of the Best Editing award on Sunday, Kimmel went back on stage and directed his comments towards Carlson.
“Anyone who’s ever received a text message from their father knows how important editing is,” he said.
Kimmel continued, “Editors do amazing things. Editors can turn 44,000 hours of violent insurrection footage into a respectful sightseeing tour of the Capitol. Their work is underappreciated.”
This resulted in laughter from the audience.
Jimmy Kimmel takes a dig at Fox News’ Tucker Carlson during the #Oscars:
“Editors do amazing things. Editors can turn 44,000 hours of violent insurrection footage into a respectful sightseeing tour of the Capitol.” pic.twitter.com/u5BjMG3yYc
— The Recount (@therecount) March 13, 2023
Kimmel's remarks were prompted by Carlson's recent release of a portion of the 40,000 hours of footage from the January 6th riot. In particular, Carlson drew attention to a segment that seemed to depict law enforcement walking alongside the individual known as the "QAnon Shaman" inside the Capitol, without attempting to impede his progress.
“The tapes show the Capitol police never stopped Jacob Chansley. They helped him. They acted as his tour guides,” Carlson proclaimed.
Carlson continued, “If he was in the act of committing such a grave crime, why didn’t the officers standing right next to him place him under arrest?”
Tucker Carlson releases footage claiming that the QAnon Shaman was escorted by police throughout the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 riot.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 7, 2023
In addition, Carlson asserted that only a "minority" of "hooligans" were involved in acts of vandalism.
“They were peaceful, they were orderly and meek. These were not insurrectionists. They were sightseers. Footage from inside the Capitol overturns the story you have heard about January 6. Protesters cue up in neat little lines. They give each other tours outside the speaker’s office. They take cheerful selfies and they smile. They are not destroying the Capitol. They obviously revere the Capitol.”
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