Political science and media experts provide context for the January 6 hearings VTx

Essential or stuntman? Productive or descent?

Two experts from Virginia Tech claim that the prime time procedure on Thursday night of the House of Representatives committee investigating the January 2021 uprising in the US Capitol is designed to include import moments as well as execution times.

“There will probably be follow-up information,” said Casey Myers, an associate professor of public relations who specializes in media history. “However, the prime-time hearing is also part of the political theater. The audience will be large and this can lead to political results. “

Thursday will be the first hearing of a bipartisan group of 13 congressmen, officially called the Electoral Committee to Investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol. So far, the group has conducted interviews only behind closed doors.

In addition to sharing the results of the committee’s findings with the public, Thursday’s hearing and next week’s hearings will certainly serve as a launching pad for political interests.

“Television hearings have always been part of modern politics since the dawn of television,” Myers said. “We can see that lesser-known political figures are rising to celebrity status.

But don’t expect the hearings to change many opinions about what happened that day, said Karen Hult, a political science professor who studies the US presidency and executive branch.

“The effects on public opinion in general are likely to be relatively minimal and are likely to reinforce existing views among those who watch or hear reports of hearings,” Hult said. “Currently, much of public opinion on January 6 is following existing party and ideological divisions.”

Hult said he would see if there were any effects on Republican and Democratic groups.

“For example, what were called ‘major’ Republicans, with views closer to those of Mitt Romney, Laura Cheney and Lisa Mrkowski, may be far removed from the more recent Republicans of the Trump era,” she said. “Some Democrats may be closer to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has apparently warned against paying too much attention to the likely impact of the election hearings.

About Hult

Karen Hult is a professor of political science at the Virginia Technical Center for Public Administration and Politics. Among other topics, her research focuses on the US presidency, US executive departments and agencies, and state policy, politics, and governance. She serves on the board of the non-partisan White House transition project, which provides information to new White House officials on the transition from campaigns to governance and shares knowledge of what works and what doesn’t from one presidency to the next. See her biography.

About Myers

Casey Myers is an associate professor of public relations and director of graduate study at the Technical School of Communications in Virginia. His main research interests include law and public relations, media history, public relations history, corporate communication and social media. He is the author of several books, including the November one Money in Politics: Raising Funds for the 2020 Presidential Election Campaign. See his biography.

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