Public yawned, GOP fumed, during impeachment hearing

Friday, November 22, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Impeachment hearingTwo weeks of historical impeachment hearings concluded Thursday, providing high drama for Democrats and their media allies, but the rest of the country mostly yawned.

The Associated Press calculates that more than 80 percent of the country tuned in to at least part of the Watergate hearings in 1973 but Democrats planning to punish another Republican did not create such an audience.

Scott Whitlock of Media Research Center tells OneNewsNow an estimated 11.4 million people watched the Democrat-led hearings.

“And that comes out to about 95 percent of the country not watching,” he says.

Yet a frustrated Republican, seated for the House hearing, was following the left-leaning news in real time. Rep. Mike Turner pointed out Wednesday that CNN was claiming live on-air that Gordon Sondland, the EU ambassador, was testifing President Trump held up aid.

“Is that your testimony today Ambassador Sondland?” Turner asked the witness. “That you have evidence that Donald Trump tied the investigation to the aid, because I don't think you're saying that.”

Sondland replied that he had presumed the connection but that no one had actually told him there was a link.

“Is it correct, no one on this planet told you that Donald Trump was tying this aid to the investigations?” the congressman pressed. “Because if you're answer is yes, then the Chairman's wrong and the headline on CNN is wrong. Yes or no?”

“Yes,” Sondland replied.

Whitlock

According to Whitlock, the left-wing media has been declaring every claim against Trump a “bombshell,” and every twist a “turning point,” but the American public has grown tired of predictions of impending doom. (See video compilation below)

“I think it's also fatigue to sort of the boy who cried wolf syndrome,” Whitlock observes, “and the liberal media are really the ones to blame for that because they've been doing this since he was president-elect.”

According to Nielsen, an estimated 13.9 million watched witnesses William Taylor and George Kent testify Wednesday on the first day of the hearings.

Those numbers are compared to 20.4 million viewing the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, 19.5 million watching James Comey testify, and ties the number who watched attorney Michael Cohen testify. 

Another positive sign for the President: Whitlock says support for impeachment has actually gone down during the hearings.

According to Nielsen, an estimated 13.9 million watched witnesses William Taylor and George Kent on the first day of the hearings. Those numbers are compared to 20.4 million viewing the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, 19.5 million watching James Comey testify, and ties the number who watched attorney Michael Cohen testify.

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