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January 7, 2021 GMT

LATE NIGHT TV SHOWS ADDRESS CAPITOL BREACH

NEW YORK (AP) — There was nothing funny about what happened yesterday at the U.S. Capitol. And that was clear when Americans tuned in to the late night TV shows. Even as lawmakers were working into the wee hours to certify Joe Biden’s election as president, late night hosts ditched their monologues and spoke about the mobs that overran the Capitol, egged on by President Trump. Jimmy Kimmel said on ABC it was “a terrible day” in the country’s history. Stephen Colbert calls the events “horrifying.” Jimmy Fallon says if his grandfather had been alive to see what he described as the “terrorism” that took place yesterday, “he’d be disgusted.” Fellow NBC host Seth Meyers did his show live. He said he was in no mood to tell jokes, but “will have jokes” tonight.

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TV IMAGES OF U.S. CAPITOL INSURRECTION SPARK STRONG REACTION

NEW YORK (AP) — As what happened yesterday on Capitol Hill unfolded on TVs and computer screens, most of us couldn’t believe our eyes. Some of those reporting on the events also said they couldn’t believe what they were seeing. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer called the events “unprecedented” and “embarrassing.” NBC’s Chuck Todd wondered aloud why law enforcement seemed so unprepared for the storming of the capitol, since President Trump had urged his supporters to move on the Capitol as Congress was certifying his election loss. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos reminded viewers what were seeing wasn’t from Ukraine or Belarus, but from the U.S. And Jake Tapper said the protesters rightfully should be called “terrorists.”

TRUMP AND SOCIAL MEDIA

UNDATED (AP) — President Donald Trump remains in control of the country — with power to command the military and take on many other serious tasks. But he’s currently unable to do something just about anyone with a smartphone or computer can do: post something on Facebook or Twitter. Facebook and Instagram say they’ll bar Trump from posting at least until President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated. Twitter currently has Trump on what it says is a 12-hour ban — and is evaluating what to do next. In announcing the move, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says the risk of letting Trump use the platform is too great after what happened yesterday.

NEW YEAR’S EVE RATINGS

UNDATED (AP) — It used to be a point of shame to be stuck at home watching TV as the glittering ball dropped at Times Square — instead of going out to party into New Year’s Day. But with the coronavirus pandemic continuing its hold - TV viewers flocked to their flat screens to see 2020 out the door. ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with host Ryan Seacrest drew 18.4 million viewers in last half hour of 2020 and the first half hour of the new year. That’s up 5% over the same time span last year. Meanwhile, CNN posted its highest-rated New Year’s Eve special ever. The network had 3.4 million people tune in as Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen ushered in 2011, by cracking jokes — and downing shots of booze.