Fox News Only Cable Network Not to Carry Memorial of Capitol Policeman Brian Sicknick Live

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Fox News programmers decided to largely ignore slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

Sicknick died of head injuries sustained on January 6 while he defended the Capitol from pro-Trump insurrectionists who stormed the building in a violent attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

His remains arrived at the Capitol at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, and President Joe Biden joined Congressional lawmakers and law enforcement officials in paying their respects to Sicknick.

The ceremony was carried live by CNN and MSNBC. Over at Fox, however, the network’s focus on the ceremony was sporadic.

A search for Sicknick on the broadcast monitoring service TVEyes shows that the network has only uttered his name 10 times, as of this writing and since his ceremony began. While the somber ceremony was unfolding, Fox News prime time hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham were discussing a LeBron James incident, the media, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and their standard helping of media criticism.

Hannity and Ingraham did address the Sicknick ceremony in the toss between their shows, and Ingraham aired the Biden family during their arrival at the rotunda. The network was called out, though, for the editorial decision to not air the ceremony.

In the hour that followed, Shannon Bream offered a thoughtful lamentation, saying “Former Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick is lying in honor in the Capitol rotunda tonight. Underneath the dome, he lost his life defending on January 6th. D.C. police and the FBI have released few details about the ongoing investigation into Sicknick’s death from injuries sustained at the Capitol during the riots. Officer Sicknick was 42 years old, always dreamed, we’re told, of becoming a police officer. He was in the New Jersey National Guard as well. He was what we would all call a hero.”

But by this time, the Blue-checked Twitter set had already started calling the normally pro-Police network out:

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