CBS Questions, Debates Absence of January 6 from Biden’s SOTU

Nicholas Fondacaro | March 2, 2022
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While MSNBC was decrying President Biden for not mentioning January 6 in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, CBS’s post-speech coverage featured something of a debate over whether or not Biden should have or needed to mention the Capitol Riot at all.

CBS congressional correspondent Scott McFarland was the first journalist on the program to mention the lack of January 6 talk and seemed to hint that it really should have been a topic Biden touched on:

And one other note, Norah, the panel mentioned this, there were zero references to January 6 in the address tonight, even as the attorney general, Merrick Garland was sitting near the front, the man overseeing the prosecution of the January 6 rioters. And even as President Biden walked through those doors, they had furniture blockading, January 6, 2021 to keep the violent mob out.

“Scott McFarland, important to have your perspective from inside the chamber and your reporting that’s been centered around January 6,” CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell thanked him