As public interest in the story of the events of January 6, 2021, at the Capitol Building dwindles, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee is working on a multimedia presentation and contracting with a professional writer to revive the Democratic narrative.
Pelosi made efforts to lend credibility to the committee by appointing Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) as Republicans to bring “balance” to its public image. The two strident “never Trumpers” have only seemed to further polarize the way Americans see the committee.
CNN now reports that the committee is working on pulling together a multimedia presentation to present what it hopes will be a compelling public narrative as the midterm elections approach. The committee is reportedly hiring an outside writer to develop content for the new report.
CNN reported that the purpose of bringing in outside professionals is to turn the work it has done outside of public view into a presentation that will capture the attention of ordinary Americans.
In addition to a carefully prepared written report, the multimedia presentation would be made available online with links to video presentations and summaries of evidence the committee has allegedly reviewed.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said that the group does not want the presentation to look like another “clunky committee report.” She added that the purpose is to give the presentation an “authorial voice.”
The committee reportedly acknowledges that in order to obtain legislative changes and referrals for additional criminal prosecutions it must present information in a “comprehensive and engaging way.”
The committee has been working with people who were involved in the 9/11 commission to obtain guidance and advice on how to present findings and arguments in an effective manner.
The committee is predictably considering several high-profile journalists to help work on its public presentation. One source told CNN that the committee was looking for someone above the level of a “press release writer.”
The committee is expecting to schedule new hearings in May and apparently wants to have a strong public relations presentation ready for corporate media use by then. The panel is reportedly still undecided about subpoenaing fellow House members like Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to testify in official committee hearings.