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This is no movie

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I read with dismay the July 12 Style “review” of the Jan. 6 hearings by Ann Hornaday, “Out of frame but not out of mind.” It had the effect of trivializi­ng the effort to save our country from tyranny. Will American democracy as we have known it survive or not? Through the efforts of the investigat­ion, perhaps it will.

I fear that reviewing the hearings as if they are mere entertainm­ent will feed into the tendency of many to dismiss them as distractio­n and political posturing. In this era of “infotainme­nt,” such downplayin­g of an existentia­l crisis threatens whatever success the committee continues to achieve.

Alida Decoster, Silver Spring

 ?? JABIN Botsford/the Washington Post ?? Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-miss.) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-wyo.) at a Jan. 6 hearing on Capitol Hill on June 21.
JABIN Botsford/the Washington Post Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-miss.) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-wyo.) at a Jan. 6 hearing on Capitol Hill on June 21.

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