In the not-so-distant past, it was considered edgy and a maybe a little derogatory to call the mainstream media “the infotainment industry”. It was slightly slanderous, even, to suggest that these enormous corporations were in it for the money.
These days, however, it’s downright undeniable. There’s no escaping this reality. They’ve added cliffhangers to the evening news, for God’s sake. It’s a perverse co-mingling that never should have been allowed to occur, yet here we are.
Now, in the sort of move that reiterates this stark new reality, one of the GOP’s most ardent Never-Trumpers is headed for a lucrative gig with the cable news world’s most prolific Trump trashers.
Former Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger will join CNN as a contributor now that the January 6th Committee has been dissolved.
CNN announced on Wednesday that Kinzinger, the other Republican who served on the January 6th Committee alongside former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), would be joining the network as a senior political commentator. Unlike Cheney, who was defeated in a primary by Harriet Hageman, Kinzinger chose not to run for reelection after serving six terms representing his Illinois district.
Kinzinger has heated up his anti-Trump and anti-Republican rhetoric in recent days, charging that the party will become a hotbed of extremists under former President Donald Trump’s leadership.
And, as if there was any doubt where he stands, Kinzinger had the following to say on CNN during the station’s New Year coverage.
“If a president can incite an insurrection and not be held accountable, there’s no limit to what a president can or can’t do. Yeah, I do think ultimately, when we get to where we’re going to go, I think the Justice Department will do the right thing. I think he will be charged,” he said.
“I frankly think he should be. Everything we’ve uncovered, from what he did with the Justice Department to everything leading up to January 6 to on January 6, sitting there for 180 minutes and watching this occur in the hope that maybe, just maybe, that last attempt to stay in power will work,” he continued.
Kinzinger was one of two Republicans on the bipartisan-in-name-only January 6th select committee, joining fellow anti-Trump voice, then-Congresswoman from Wyoming Liz Cheney.