Wolf, a leading liberal who was also an advisor to former President Bill Clinton, wrote that “peaceful Republicans and conservatives as a whole have been demonized by the story told by Democrats in leadership of what happened that day” after new footage of the Capitol breach was aired by Fox News host Tucker Carlson last week.
“Republicans, conservatives, I am sorry. I also believed wholesale so much else that has since turned out not to be as I was told it was by NPR, MSNBC and the New York Times,” Wolf wrote on Substack. “Anyone in leadership who misrepresented to the public the events of the day so as to distort the complexity of its actual history—must also be held accountable,” she wrote.
Wolfe is a writer for the Times.
My letter of apology. https://t.co/tZqglhoQTj
— Dr Naomi Wolf (@naomirwolf) March 9, 2023
Wolf says that newly released footage of “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley and U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick on Jan. 6 appear to go against narratives that were pushed by the mainstream and many Democrat lawmakers. The new footage appears to show officers appearing to walk Chansley through the grounds of the Capitol, while none tried to stop him or arrest him, while Sicknick, who died of a stroke a day later, was seen in a short new clip walking around and motioning protesters to leave the premises.
While she disagreed with some of Carlson’s conclusions about the footage, people don’t have to necessarily agree with his interpretation of the videos, “to conclude that the Democrats in leadership, for their own part, have cherry-picked, hyped, spun, and in some ways appear to have lied about, aspects of January 6, turning a tragedy for the nation into a politicized talking point aimed at discrediting half of our electorate.”
“You don’t have to agree with Carlson’s interpretation of the videos, to notice the latest hypocrisy by the Left,” Wolf added. “My acquaintance and personal hero Daniel Ellsberg was rightly lionized by the Left for having illegally leaked the Pentagon Papers. The New York Times was rightly applauded for having run this leaked material in 1971.”
She later added that “those who violently entered the Capitol or who engaged in violence inside of it, must of course be held accountable” and “as must violent protesters of every political stripe anywhere.”
Her apology came after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) released thousands of hours of footage to Carlson’s team, saying that the videos will be released to the wider public at a later date. Democrat members of Congress and some Senate Republicans have resoundingly criticized the move to release the footage.
Those critics also include members of the Jan. 6 Commission, who apparently allowed heavily edited video to an effort misrepresent Sen. Josh Hawley’s actions that day. Video shown by Tucker Carlson shows something completely opposite of the narrative pushed during the hearings.
Still, even though the videos apparently contradict what many Democrats and even Republicans have said occurred during the protests, some are doubling down.
Last week, before he was hospitalized with a concussion, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took issue with Carlson’s conclusions. “It was a mistake, in my view, for Fox News to depict this in a way that’s completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol thinks,” McConnell told reporters.
During an interview with Carlson on March 10, Chansley’s mother Martha and his current lawyer proclaimed that he is innocent and claimed prosecutors hid exculpatory evidence.
“It should have come out two years ago. That [clip] should have come out two years ago. He’s an innocent man. Everything that [Jacob] said that he did is true—that he walked through open doors. He was escorted through the halls of the Senate,” Martha Chansley proclaimed.
For her part, Wolfe has been at odds with her peers in the Democrat Party, Hollywood and government. She was previously banned by Twitter for questioning covid lockdowns and forced vaccinations.