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Republicans slam Tucker Carlson over January 6 report

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Republicans slam Tucker Carlson after the Fox News host aired previously unseen Capitol riot footage

Tucker Carlson is in the firing line after the Fox News host aired previously unseen footage of the January 6 Capitol riot.

Carlson showed the video on his Monday night show, arguing it “does not show an insurrection or a riot in progress”, but rather “mostly peaceful chaos”.

Top congressional Republican, Kevin McCarthy gave the show exclusive access to the footage, but other GOP lawmakers say the Fox host mischaracterised the raid on Congress.

The conservative news channel, owned by Rupert Murdoch, has long insisted other media outlets exaggerated the violence at the Capitol on 6 January.

On this day, Trump supporters stormed the legislative complex as Joe Biden’s presidential victory was being certified.

Carlson also suggested, without evidence, that government agents could have instigated the riot.

As the 45-minute segment continue, Carlson says the video shows that while a minority of protesters did commit violence, most were “sightseers”.

Criticism of the segment has come from both sides of the aisle in Washington as well as the head of the Capitol police, and the family of a police officer whose death was mentioned in the show.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell believes it was a “mistake” for Fox News to depict the incident in this way.

This prompted House Speaker McCarthy to hit back at McConnell and defend Tucker Carlson’s report.

Around 1,000 people have been arrested so far in connection with the riot, most of them charged with entering or remaining in a restricted federal building.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Fox News needs to reprimand Carlson.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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