MRC: Impeach media over Senate trial coverage

Thursday, January 23, 2020
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Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

MRC media impeachment coverageThe impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is under way in the U.S. Senate, providing hours of coverage for the media while most Americans have made up their minds and tuned out.

Scott Whitlock of Media Research Center tells OneNewsNow coverage has been an embarrassment because the left-wing media supports impeachment and is convinced Democrats are doing a wonderful job during the trial. 

“If there's a silver lining for the President and his team,” says Whitlock, “the media coverage – not to mention the Senate trial itself - won't make a whole lot of difference to the outcome or public opinion.”

The ongoing senate trial is keeping MRC’s affiliate website Newsbusters.org busy this week:

*Rep. Adam Schiff was praised by MSNBC for his “virtuoso performance,” while CNN called it “dazzling” and “forceful,” and ABC gushed over his “senatorial eloquence” as a House manager.  

*MSNBC host Chris Matthews compared “clever” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “Bugs Bunny” for getting away with wrongdoing.

*CNN analyst Joe Lockhart claimed on Twitter he overheard two GOP senators agreeing the impeachment trial is hurting Trump only to state later that he imagined the scenario. Newsbusters noted that the original tweet – while not true – generated 8,000 retweets before Lockhart, a press secretary for Bill Clinton, admitted it was not true. 

“OK maybe I made up the convo,” Lockhart wrote nine minutes later, “but you know that’s exactly what they’re thinking.”

Over the course of Wednesday’s TV coverage, MRC noticed a pattern from both CNN and MSNBC: Both networks repeatedly asked their Democratic allies why the Republican senators are not in their seats and watching the trial. But that softball questioning “backfired” for the liberal networks, MRC reported, when Democratic senators refused to condemn their GOP colleagues.

Whitlock

“To defend them and our side, I didn't see that,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar told CNN the second time she was asked, MRC reported. “Everyone's been coming back, and for the most part, it is like 95 percent filled at any one time. So I just didn't see that.”

Sen. Mazie Hirono also denied that was true, and House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer cut off a MSNBC host who asked the same question, MRC observed.

Whitlock says Americans are “polarized” over President Trump’s impeachment and have made up their minds over his guilt or innocence.

“We had this thing going to about 1:30 in the morning last night,” he says of cable network coverage. “People aren't watching that.”

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