As cable news continues to use its Hollywood-bred salaciousness to drive both legacy and alternative journalism out of business, we find ourselves at a strange place in American history where the line between entertainment and politics has become buried in spin.
It’s hard to tell where our public servants end and on-camera talent begins anymore, and it’s warping our vision of governance as a whole. Just look at some of the odd characters who’ve made it into Congress in recent years and you’ll understand.
And, on the other side of the equation, it increasingly appears as though outrageous behavior on the taxpayer dime is a resume builder for politicians looking to transition into the infotainment industry.
Former Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger will join CNN as a contributor now that the January 6th Committee has been dissolved.
CNN announced on Wednesday that Kinzinger, the other Republican who served on the January 6th Committee alongside former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), would be joining the network as a senior political commentator. Unlike Cheney, who was defeated in a primary by Harriet Hageman, Kinzinger chose not to run for reelection after serving six terms representing his Illinois district.
Kinzinger has heated up his anti-Trump and anti-Republican rhetoric in recent days, charging that the party will become a hotbed of extremists under former President Donald Trump’s leadership.
In a New Year’s Day appearance on the network, Kinzinger told the network precisely what they and their viewers wanted to hear.
“If a president can incite an insurrection and not be held accountable, there’s no limit to what a president can or can’t do. Yeah, I do think ultimately, when we get to where we’re going to go, I think the Justice Department will do the right thing. I think he will be charged,” he said.
“I frankly think he should be. Everything we’ve uncovered, from what he did with the Justice Department to everything leading up to January 6 to on January 6, sitting there for 180 minutes and watching this occur in the hope that maybe, just maybe, that last attempt to stay in power will work,” he continued.
The addition of another anti-Trump voice isn’t exactly unexpected for CNN, but is curiosu as it comes at a time in which the network has publicly promised a fairer take on Washington DC.