Committee Tries New Approach to Break Through

NEW YORK (AP) — As television programming goes, expectations were widespread

that the Jan. 6 committee hearings would essentially be reruns. Instead, they have been much more.

The five sessions have revealed a storyteller's eye, with focus, clarity, an understanding of how

news is digested in modern media, and strong character development — even if former President

Donald Trump's allies suggest there aren't enough actors.

The hearings are pausing for a break until next month, leaving Americans much to digest.

As seen during Trump's impeachments, modern congressional hearings tend to produce more heat than light.

That was part of why the Jan. 6 committee faced low expectations,

along with the sense — 18 months after the insurrection, an event