CNN and MSNBC delivered live coverage on Tuesday night of the memorial service for U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed in the line of duty when pro-Trump insurrectionists attacked the government last month.
Fox News didn’t bother. Instead, the right-wing network mostly stuck with its normal prime time lineup of opinion hosts, delivering only brief reports from the service for Sicknick, who was lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited to pay their respects, as did leaders and members of Congress. But Fox News viewers were treated to the usual assortment of conspiracy theories and grievances.
Progressive watchdog Media Matters collected screenshots of what Fox News viewers viewed during the service. On Twitter, the network’s critics couldn’t help but point out the gap in coverage:
CNN and MSNBC are covering live the ceremony in honor of police officer #Sicknick for last hour. Fox is not. Striking contrast.
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) February 3, 2021
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 3, 2021
The remains of fallen Officer Brian Sicknick have arrived at the Capitol rotunda.
CNN, MSNBC are carrying the story live.
Sean Hannity is discussing questions asked at White House Press Briefings.
It’s almost like “Blue Lives Matter” was just a political slogan to Fox News … pic.twitter.com/Ygqr7MD7Fo
— 💥𝐹𝓇𝑒𝒹𝑒𝓇𝒾𝒸𝓀 THE UNION 𝒟𝑜𝓊𝑔𝓁𝒶𝓈𝓈💥 (@AmazingDouglass) February 3, 2021
The ceremony honoring Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick was broadcast live on CNN and MSNBC.
Guess who didn’t show it.
I guess blue lives don’t matter much to them after all. #ShameOnFox
— Brian Ray (@brianrayguitar) February 3, 2021
Fox News didn’t cover the memorial of Officer Sicknick—the Capitol police officer beaten to death Jan 6 by a mob of fascist insurrectionists who attacked the Capitol building. Fox News doesn’t care about cops. They only care about their own wild-eyed conspiracist narrative.
— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) February 3, 2021
Fox News is not covering the ceremony in the Capitol for Officer Sicknick, who was killed during the January 6th attack. Disgraceful.
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) February 3, 2021
Amazing how fox and the gop pretend they actually care about cops. Cops are nothing but props for them to use when needed. pic.twitter.com/8BtpYUqg6V
— Indictment Duck🦆 My busy season has started. (@indictmentduck) February 3, 2021
I wonder why “pro-police” Fox News almost completely ignored Officer Sicknick’s memorial service at the Capitol. Might it have *something* to do with the fact that they repeated Trump’s Big Lie that inspired the insurrection nearly 800 TIMES and are complicit in his death?
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) February 3, 2021
MSNBC: Remains of fallen officer carried to Capitol rotunda
CNN: Remains of fallen officer carried to Capitol rotunda
Fox News: Woman ejected from Lakers game for heckling Lebron pic.twitter.com/5aBwdo2bxo
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) February 3, 2021
Interesting the Fox News “Blue Lives Matter” channel is not covering the fallen Capitol Hill police officer.
— And The Tweet Goes On (@lacadri34) February 3, 2021