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hello and a warm welcome to our viewers joining us in the united states and right around the world. i'm isa soares in london. just ahead, american gymnastics star simone biles drops out of another olympic competition. we're live in tokyo with the latest. plus -- >> we're not changing the science. the virus changed and the science evolved with the changing virus. >> reversing course, the cdc changes either guidance telling vaccinated americans to mask up once again. and gripping testimony from
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capitol police officers on the january 6 insurrection, but conservative media are still dismissing the truth like it never happened. a very warm welcome. happy wednesday. we begin this house with breaking news. just past 5:00 p.m. in tokyo where another day brings another major decision from america's most deck created gymnast. simone biles withdrew from a final tomorrow. she withdrew from the team citing mental health. she was a favorite to win even more gold in tokyo. let's get right to japan with the latest. blake essig is there with us but we start with coy wire. do we know at this stage whether simone biles will compete in
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other events? >> that is the big question that everyone wants to know. biles is considered the most dominant gymnast of all time and now crowned a champion by many, has gotten a lot of support for putting her mental health first on the world's biggest stage. usa gymnastics releasing a statement saying that simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week's finals. we applaud her bravery. her courage shows yet again why she is a role model for so many. now, she had a disappointing score on the vault during the team final tuesday. biles withdrew herself after that saying she didn't want to hurt her teammate's chances of meddling. she continued to cheer them on to a silver. but this is how she described the events. >> i was shaking, i just never felt like this going into a competition before and i tried
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to go out here and have fun and warm up in the back, but once i came out here, i was like, no, mental is not there. so i just need to let the girls do it and focus on myself. >> now, biles has won every individual all-around competition that she has entered since 2013. she won the floor exercise and vault titles in rio. but we'll have to wait and see if she will be able to defend those crowns next week. biles has qualified for all four individual events which begin sunday. the world is waiting to see if she will be okay to go and if she will be able to compete again here in tokyo. >> it is such a brave decision, a kucourageous decision and she was so gracious in front of her colleagues. thank you very much. and in less than half an hour, i'll speak with a sports columnist who wrote about how difficult it is to be the g.o.a.t., that is what biles is to the sport of gymnastics and he calls the pressure crippling.
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we'll have much more on that. right now let's go to where the first baseball game of the olympics ended just a short time ago. blake essig is right there. probably my ignorance, i had no idea that baseball was at the olympics, but i ca wh no crowds. >> reporter: yeah, you can be forgiven as baseball has had a touch and go relationship with the olympics since possible first debuted back in 1904, only appearing in 14 out of 27 olympics since then. but after a 13 year absence, baseball is officially back in the olympics. as you sees the, the lights arel on but the game is over. japan won 4-3. i can only imagine what that stadium would have sounded like
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if fans were allowed inside. and so it is a big disa pointed here to the people here in fukushima who were looking to highlight the region's recovery ten years after disaster. >> translator: we had no option but to accept no spectators in order to protect ourselves from the infection. but i wish children could at least watch the games at the stadium. why can't they go? >> reporter: and baseball was most recently voted out by the international olympic committee back in 2004 in part because major league baseball refuses to let its players compete. and what people are disappointed about the decision on spectators, also disappointed that some major leaguers won't be playing in the tournament. but the fact that baseball is back is a huge deal for the country that absolutely loves the game. softball also made its return to the olympics after 13 years. just last night, japan took home the gold after beating the united states 2-0 in the final held outside of tokyo, a win
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that was celebrated here in japan as the country's success really does seem to be playing a big role in shifting the public's perception of these games. unfortunately for baseball and softball, their return to the olympics will be short lived as neither will be included when paris hosts in 2024. about you for fans, there is reason to be optimistic as the two are likely to being back when los angeles hosts in 2028. reason to be optimistic as the two are likely to being back when los angeles hosts in 2028. >> thanks, blake. rising covid cases across the united states have prompted health officials to revise their mask guidance particularly for those fully vaccinated. the cdc is now urging masks to be worn indoors in public spaces in areas with substantial or high coronavirus transmission. the agency's director says that even those vaccinated could still infect others. and getting vaccinated is still
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key. take a listen. >> the fact that you might want now wear a mask because we have a situation where if you do get inf infected, you might spread to somebody else, that is almost the second deararc issue. the primary issue is to save your life and prevent you from getting seriously ill. nothing changed about the science, it was the virus that changed. we're dealing with fundamentally a different virus. >> despite vaccines being widely available in the united states, hesitancy remains an issue with just under half the population fully vaccinated. officials are hoping to convince more americans to get the shot. >> what is really important also is to say what has not changed. and what has not changed is that vaccines still work, they still save lives, they still prevent hospitalizations at a remarkably high rate. and that is why 97% who are hospitalized with covid right now are unvaccinated.
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and even those who have unusual breakthrough infections have mild or asymptomatic infections. >> so what does it mean for you? dr. gupta has more on the updated mask guidelines. >> it may feel like a step backwards in terms of now recommending that vaccinated people wear a mask when they are in public indoor spaces. again, it is vaccinated people. so regardless of vaccination status, everyone should be wearing a mask in those types of settings. there are a few things that have been driving this, one is that we know that vaccinations aren't where i think people hoped they would be by this point. we also know that the delta variant is spreading. back in may when the guidance was originally changed saying you don't need to wear a mask if you are vaccinated indoors anymore, the delta strain was about 1.4%. you can see it is now 83%. it has become the dominant strain and it is far more contagious. so much so that someone who is vaccinated and develops one of
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these three those breakthrough infections, they could still carry the same viral load of someone who is unvaccinated. the vaccine is still doing its job because the vaccinated person is not likely to get severely ill, but they could still potentially transmit the virus, that is sort of what is driving some of these changes. here is how dr. rochelle walensky put it. >> we examined the rarer breakthrough infections and we look at the amount of virus in those people, it is pretty similar to the amount of virus in unvaccinated people. we are now continuing to follow those clusters to understand the impact of forward transmission of those vaccinated people. but again, i want to reiterate, we believe the vast majority of transmission is occurring in unvaccinated people and through unvaccinated people. >> so what does it mean for you? again, these are
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recommendations, not mandates. but if you live in an area of high viral or substantial viral transmission, that is about two-thirds of the country, the recommendation from the cdc is that you wear a mask if you go to a public indoor space. so obviously there will be a lot of debate about this in the days and weeks to come. but that is the new guidance from the cdc for now. >> a lot of red on that map. u.s. president biden is urging americans to follow the cdc updated guidance as he prepares to lay out the next step in the administration's efforts to boost vaccinations. a source says that will include a new requirement for federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated or face regular testing. meantime at the white house mask requirements have been aeen reinstated indoors. more than half of all u.s. counties are considered areas of substantial or high covid transmission. and thus subject to the new
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guidelines. same states like oregon and nevada have already incorporated them. st. louis county council overturned a mask mandate put in place the day before and arizona's governor joined other republicans to slam the change. he said arizona does not allow mask mandates, vaccine mandates, vaxing passports or discrimination in schools based on who is or isn't vaccinated. we've passed it into law. one doctor had a message. >> i am so sick of this virus filling my emergency department and those of my colleagues around the country. i'm sick of watching sickness, severe illness and death. and to the folks that don't want to put a mask back on for a short period of time until we get these surges understand control, i would ask them, to you live with anyone who is unvaccinated, do you live with anyone for whom the vaccines might not work perfectly?
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do you have kids, do you have elderly parents, wear a mask for them for the short term to keep them protected while we try to get this back under control. >> and the mask debate is heating up in florida. a group of anti-mask protestors burned some outside a school board meeting and it forced a delay in the meeting. and governor desantis is also criticizing mask recommendations in schools. he said that he trusts parents to make their own choices when it comes to masking kids. but this is as more children in the united states are contracting the virus. american academy of pediatrics says more than 38,000 children and teens caught covid last week. more than 4 million children have tested positive since the start of the pandemic. and kids represent more 14% of weekly reported cases.
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against the backdrop of a bitter partisan divide, the house select committee held its first hearing into the january 6 attack. republicans have challenged the committee's mission and its makeup. four police officers delivered harrowing accounts of the violence they faced that day. manu raju ohas a report and som of the language is offensive. >> reporter: four police officers offering the most vivid accounts yet of their near death experiences on the front leans of january 6, battling a trump inspired mob determined to stop the certification of joe biden's victory. >> there was an attack carried out on january 6 and a hitman sent them. i want you to get to the bottom of florida. >> reporter: daniel hodges and michael fanone and harry dunn
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and aquilino gonell all taking exception to those whitewashing the tragic events of that day. >> i feel like i went to hell and back to protect them and the people in this room but too many now are telling me that hell doesn't exist or that hell actually wasn't that bad. the indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful. >> reporter: detailing the brutal injuries they suffered and the struggles they continue to deal with nearly seven months after the attack. >> directly in front of me a man seized the opportunity of my vulnerability, grabbed the front of my gas mask and used if to beat my head against the door, he pulled it off my head and the straps straining my neck. he never uttered any words i recognized but opted for gutter ral screams. i remember him foaming they
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mouth. >> mincing no words about who was responsible. >> when you think about that and share with us the vivid memory of the violence that day, and then you hear former president trump say, quote, it was a loving crowd, there was a lot of love in the crowd, how does that make you feel? >> it is upsetting. it is a pathetic excuse for his behavior for something that he himself helped to create. this monstrosity. i'm still recovering from those hugs and kisses that day that he claimed that so many rioters, terrorists, were assaulting us that day. instead of sending the support or telling his people, his supporters, to stop this nonsense, he egged them to continue fighting. >> reporter: officer fanone says he nearly died. >> they ripped off my badge,
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they stripped me of my radio, they seized ammunition that was secured to my body, they began to beat me with their fists and what felt like hard metal objects. at one point, i came face-to-face with an attacker who repeatedly lunged for me and attempted to remove my firearm. i heard chanting from some in the crowd, get his gun, and gill him with his own gun. i was aware enough to recognize i was at risk of being stripped of and killed with my own firearm. i was electrocuted again and again and again. with a taser. i'm sure i was screaming, but i don't think that i could even hear my own voice. >> reporter: and over dunn testifying he has never been called the "n" word while in uniform until confronted by the mob. >> one woman in a pink hasmaga shirt yelled you hear that, this
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nigger voted for joe biden. and the crowd perhaps around 20 joined in screaming boo [ bleep ] nigger. no one had ever, ever called me a nigger while wearing the uniform of a capitol police officer. >> reporter: the testimony clearly moving the members of the committee. >> i never expected today to be quite as emotional for me as it has beaeen you all talk about t fegtss that effects that you have to deal with and the impact of that day. but you guys won. you guys held. >> reporter: manu raju, cnn, capitol hill. and committee members insist that the insurrection must be investigated because of the serious threat it posed to democracy. >> i am a proud american who loves this country and this democracy. but i'm a naturalized citizen who escaped an authoritarian country. and what i saw on that day was inconsistent with that i know
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america to be. and i think when you heard some of the other members get emotional, it is because it was driven by their love of country and their fear for our future. >> if we look the other way, if we accept what happened on january 6, if we accept what people, my colleagues are saying that we should somehow look at this as a bunch of tourists, they are trying to whitewash it, ignore it, if we go down that path, then we really are abandoning the rule of law and we are abandoning what is one of the most fundamental elements of our republic which is the peaceful transfer of power. i think leader mccarthy is continuing to demonstrate that he views this as some sort of a political game. it is not a game and it is deadly serious when you are taking action to try to divert attention away and distract from an investigation like this one. >> later this hour, we'll hear
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from republican lawmakers on why they oppose the committee's investigation, why they didn't listen to the police officer's testimony in the first place. former navy fighter pilot is heading to washington to represent his texas district in congress. ron wright died in february after battling cancer and covid-19. the man accused of fatally shooting eight people at adult spas in the atlanta area has been sentenced to life in prison with for chance of patrol. he agreed to plead guilty to four counts of murder. he still faces death penalty for four other killings in fulton county. six of the eight victims were women of asian dissent. he blamed a sex addiction. england may soon drop am
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england may soon reopen its borders to eu and u.s. travelers who are fully vaccinated with no need to guaranteed. it would allow the travel industry to recover from major losses that they have seen during the pandemic. scott mcclain has the latest from here in london. and the reality is that foreign travel can be a nightmare, there is so much testing, quarantining, vaccination hoops that you have to jump through. and this critically would be a huge boost for the travel industry. >> reporter: yeah, it absolutely would be because you're right, travel right now is a huge headache. a nightmare for a lot of people. the tests can be expensive, there is rules and regulations around quarantine and
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vaccination that you have to sort out not only for your own country but the country you plan on visiting as well. so for a lot of people, it has meant staycations. heathrow airport says in the first six months of this year, fewer than 4 million people passed through the airport while in a normal year, it would take less than three weeks to see that many pass through. so the airport is calling on the government to ditch the expensive and time consuming pcr test and swap them for cheaper antigen tests. and also calling for travel corridors to allow people to visit without the headache of quarantine. that is not such a crazy idea when you look at the data. vaccination rates are relatively similar across the eu, uk and the u.s. and new cases or the infection rate is also starting to look similar as well. according to multiple british press outlets, we know that british prime minister boris
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johnson is considering a travel corridor for vaccinated americans and vaccinated europeans to be able to visit without the need to quarantine. but that may not be reciprocal. the eu for instance already allows americans to go on holidays there, but europeans can't go to the united states at all. even canada recently announced that it would open up its border for vaccinated americans and the u.s. said let's wait until the end of august. from the american's perspective, they are concerned about the delta variant though critics would say that the delta variant is already the dominant strain in the united states. not a lot that you can do to keep it out at this point. we know that president biden has been pressed on this issue by angela merkel, but still nothing has changed. though yesterday head of the u.s. department of homeland security said that the administration is looking at potentially easing the rules in a limited way. >> do keep us posted.
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thanks very much, scott. wildfires are raging across southern europe, and local officials call the damages are unprecedented. italy has called in reinforcements from france and greece. but a growing heatwave in the region is making the conditions worse amplifying drought conditions throughout the area. pedram javaheri is joining me from atlanta on what europe can expect. we've gone from severe floods to wildfires in europe. this is very alarming. >> it is. and this is the peak season, delay that climatological peak season. and when you pump the temperatures that are now 10 to 15 degrees in some cases above average for late july, that is saying quite a bit and that is the concern. you see some of the scenes across portions of italy with wildfire conditions. and it is also across spain,
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high pressure much like we saw in the western united states. this is what is happening across eastern europe, it is in the range of 105 to 110 degrees. and you will see that is well above the average where it typically is hot this time of year. so excessive heat on top of the fire conditions. >> elements unfortunately though weren't paying much attention to you, do not be offended. pedram javaheri, thanks very much. and gymnastics sensation simone biles bows out of another olympic event. we'll get reaction and talk about the immense pressure she is under, that is next.
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superstar american gymnast simone biles is withdrawing from another olympic event, this time the women's all-around final tomorrow. u.s. gymnastics says biles will be evaluated daily to determine whether she will take part in next week's competition and calling her a role moelgdel for many. many support her decisions including her former teammates. >> even the beth atst athletes e world have good days and bad days and i commend her for her bravery and speaking up and doing what was right for her and what she felt was right for the team. it is not easy, but even the greatest athletes of all time, they are not perfect and they are human too. >> and my next guest writes for the "washington post." here is the problem of establishing yourself as best,
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maintaining that standard over weeks and months and years takes its toll even if we can't see it, the customers though only that standard and the job is to continue to deliver or stop. that is a burden regardless of the trade. at that wrong time, it can become crippling. and the columnist is with us. barry, thank you for joining us. i think that we are all surprised not just yesterday but also today to see simone biles pull out because of course she is so loved and so incredibly talented at what she does. but it is this expectation that perhaps is proving too much for her. >> absolutely. it was stunning, you're right, to sit there in the arena last night, simone biles was expected to lead the american team to another gold medal, that is what she had done five years ago in rio de janeiro, there was no reason despite all the hardships over the last year in particular after the delay of the olympics, after another year of training,
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after putting off retirement, to believe that she wouldn't go out and do what she always does which is just totally marvel you. instead, she was unable to pull off even a warm-up jump that was to her normal standard. she was clearly out of sorts. and i think there was some bravery to say, you know what, i'm going to do more harm than help here if i stay in this competition. and it is furthering the discussion about athletes taking care of themselves. its a discussion that started with naomi osaka at the french open and pushing through to tokyo now. >> it is so courageous. and i think the signs were there because on her instagram page which i follow, she said that i truly do feel like i have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. so barry, i mean, what does this pressure, this expectation, this burden as you say in your article do to an athlete's mental state?
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>> i think that it gets it tied in knots essentially. you think about gymnastics, one of the reasons why biles is so beloved is she just does these things that we can't imagine doing ourselves. but if you are not in the right frame of mind to pull off these things that you have trained so hard for, that they are just second nature almost, if the second nature is no longer right of a your fingertips, then in a sport like gymnastics, you are putting yourself in harm's way. you are not only putting yourself in a position to not perform for the team which is what biles said one of the reasons that she would withdraw from that competition, but you are also putting yourself in potential of getting injured. think about what simone biles has been through since rio. the burden of carrying, kind of being the face of the games in the united states, was really on her. and that is a lot to handle for a 24-year-old or someone of any age. >> and thanks for reminding us, she is just 24.
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and it is how much burden is on her to actually continue being the greatest of all time. but how much -- i mean, the pandemic, how much of the fact that the games was pushed back to 2020, that meant probably another year of training, the whole kind of long olympic process, covid measures, how much do you think that has worsened the stress? >> i mean, just enormously. if you think about what a normal olympic cycle is and think about how often these athletes by and large enter our consciousness, it is once every four years and you as somebody in one of those sports knows the deal. you know that you have to be ready that fourth year so that when the spotlight comes on, you are there to absorb it all and take advantage of the moment and everything that follows. the pandemic put that off by a year. it was the only decision that could have been made in the moment. but biles said in the run-up to
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these games, you know, the finish line was going to be 2020, whether there was a games there or not, maybe i'll just give up. but -- not give up, but retire because that is when i had set the finish line at for myself mentally. the extra year absolutely took its toll on her. and not just her. every single athlete here expected to be competing in july of 2020, there is no telling how many athletes here are feeling the exact same thing. >> incredibly courageous of her, she was incredibly gracious with her team members and of course we are rooting for her. barry, thank you very much for taking the time with us. researchers sent out a warning about china's nuclear arsenal and how fast it could be growing. we'll talk about that and what the satellite image as ths show
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a new study warns china may be ramping up its nuclear capabilities. federation of american scientists says china is building a new field of missile silos in its western deserts, spotted by satellites. and this is the second identified this month. the report says that this is the most significant expansion of the chinese nuclear arsenal ever. steven jiang is tracking this for us. talk about the rapid buildup and what china is saying about this report in particular. >> reporter: we have reached out to the chinese authorities and so far they have not responded. but we are talking about at least 230 new missile silos that appear to be under construction in the country's vast western
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deserts. and capable of handling ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads. this is more than ten times the current number of missile silos. so we have not received official explanation, but experts say that this could be several reasons, one of course is china simply wants to have a bigger nuclear arsenal to match its super power status and it also could be because the chinese leadership is worried about its ground based missiles being vulnerable, so they want to build this large number of silos to easily move its active missiles randomly to make it difficult for its enemies to target. and this is at a time when tensions are ratcheting up between the united states and china and state media outlets here have suggested that the chinese nuclear policy should not be tied town down by the un states and that the word minimum should change according to its changing needs. this policy is interesting
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because what it means is china has long said that it won't use its nuclear weapons unless it is attacked. and also officials say its nuclear forces maintained at a minimum level to safe guard its national security. but thousand with this reported massive buildup of course, experts say it is anything but minimum. so a lot of alarm already being raised about a potential new arms race between the two most world powerful economies and militaries. but some experts have even said if and when these new missile silos are operational, the chinese arsenal would still be much smaller than the united states. but the problem with that argument is this kind of actions would only embolden critics in washington to say arms control is naive in the face of these growing chinese threats. >> steven jank iang, thank you
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much. and u.s. president biden is warning russia is already interfering in next year's midterm elections and cyberattacks could lead to war. alex marquardt has more. >> reporter: and he said he wants to get back to basics and biden says that means no outside political influence or partisanship, an expectation that the intelligence agencies will give him unvarnished information and as is their mission to speak truth to power. biden spoke at the office of the director of national intelligence which is the umbrella organization that sits atop the u.s. intelligence agencies. it was in stark contrast to the acrimonious relationship that former president trump had with the intelligence world in his term. starting on his first day in office when he stood in front of the memorial wall which is
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hallowed ground for the cia and trump bragged about his inauguration size, never mentioning once the sacrifices of the agency. trump was distrustful of intelligence assessments and installed political loyalists as top intelligence officials. president biden on tuesday was introduced by his director of national intelligence who said biden wants his intelligence leaders to push back and offered different points of view. in biden's speech, he also took shots at russia saying that they are ramping up their disinformation efforts for the 2022 midterm elections calling it a violation of u.s. sovereignty. biden also warned that cyber breach could lead to a real war between the u.s. and a major foreign power. alex marquardt, cnn, washington. u.s. secretary of state antony blinken is in india and will meet with narendra modi in just a few hour, 4e ar they are
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donald trump's congressional allies continue to down play the capitol insurrection and in some cases are ignoring the select committee investigation all together. they didn't dispute the four officers' description of the violence, but they offer conflicting narratives on why they oppose the probe. some called it a political employ while others blame security failures on house speaker nancy pelosi. take a listen. >> so you think some of the protestors were actually -- had good intentions on that day? >> i think some of the protestors tried to protect that police officer. i think that should be noted. there were tens of thousands of people that day that engaged in peaceful protests. there were a few hundred that committed agents of violence. and those people i condemn. >> do you think your life was saved by these police officers? >> i commend them for it.
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>> do you believe their testimony at all? i mean, you've heard what they said in the past, haven't you? >> it is difficult to have an opinion on whether you believe somebody when you haven't heard what they had to say. >> many said that they feared for their lives. do you think that that was true? >> if they said that, i agree 100%. >> well, the committee hearing merited wall to wall coverage here on cnn as well as other networks. but for some right wing channels, the coverage was very different. brian stelter reports. >> reporter: for a few short hours on tuesday, fox and newsmax viewers did hear the violent truth. >> i heard people in the crowd yelling get his gun, kill him with his own gun. >> reporter: but then right wing media reverted to form. >> i refuse to lead my show with it. >> reporter: dismissing the hearing. >> it is all theater. >> reporter: and dsz conttcontr
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distributing talking points. >> i'll having a hard time believing a lot of what i'm hearing because the video doesn't back up nearly all of it. one iofficer said he thought it would be the moment he died. there were no guns at this place. >> reporter: of course there were guns and weapons that injured scores of officers. >> rebar, bats, pvc pipes, copper pipes, rocks, table legs broken down. >> reporter: newsmax and fox did air the hearing live but wrapped it in republican commentary. >> they know that it is a political stunt by pelosi and democrats. >> reporter: hard to know whether the testimony and the terrifying video montage will change any maga minds sflp putting it all together and seeing it again is jarring. >> reporter: but there has been months of propaganda excusing the attack. one of donald trump's favorite
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channels skipped the hearing all together. >> highly partisan january 6 commission. >> reporter: but aired two press conferences by republicans bashing democrats including a far right group calling them political prisoners. >> report saying that they have been treated inhumanely in jails. >> reporter: that person was interrupted. so one america news went back to its top story. >> potential vote fraud. >> reporter: white newsmax cast the insurrection in a favorable light. >> there was an open door -- >> reporter: after the hearing, a sympathetic interview with a father and son charged. >> there were officers just inside the doors, nobody was saying anything to anybody. there was no pushing, shoving going on inside the capitol. >> reporter: so in other words, newsmax was trying to counter what had happened at the hearing earlier in the day.
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