This column is about the media, and this moment exemplifies America's two parallel tracks of media. So if you watched Thursday night's hearing by the House's 1/6 committee, shown live by most of the major TV networks in the United States, let me tell you what I watched on right-wing TV at the same time. The prime-time hearing began at 8 p.m. Eastern time. When Rep. Bennie Thompson gaveled the hearing to order, Fox News host Tucker Carlson ignored him. Carlson declared that the "ruling class" was giving "yet another lecture about January 6." He called the hearing "propaganda" and reveled in his refusal to air it. "They are lying," he said, "and we are not going to help them do it." Carlson then lied himself: He said "if something noteworthy happens" at the hearing, "obviously we will bring it to you immediately." But his show did not do that. When Thompson said January 6 was "the culmi
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New Jersey gym owner defiant after arrest for violating stay-at-home order: 'I'm not afraid of tyrants'
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Ian Smith vowed in May to reopen Atilis Gym in Bellmawr with social distancing measures in place. Their plans drew a crowd of supporters who gathered outside the facility to protest Murphy's stay-at-home mandates. Since then, Smith said he has been served "citation after citation ... " was shut down by the local health department, and was held in contempt of court. "From the last time that we spoke, we had lost our newest case of contempt of court. That was on Friday of last week," Smith told Carlson. "The governor said, and requested in court, to take 'extraordinary measures' to stop us from operating our business." Smith said he was forced to remove the doors to his facility to gain access after the health department boarded them up in another attempt to shut down the gym. "My partner [Frank Trumbetti] and I have had the doors removed since Thursday and we had not left the building since," Smith said. " We had two wee