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The Democratic Party and media crusade to impeach President Trump didn’t appear to be going well Sunday, as New Jersey Democratic Congressman Jeff Van Drew was set to vote against the Articles of Impeachment and become a Republican in the process. ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Sunday Today spent some of their mornings trying to convince the public it was no big deal. Yet, part of the intent of the hearings was to peel Republicans away from Trump, which would’ve been celebrated.



ESPN First Take yell man Stephen A. Smith is under fire for making a mockery of journalism ethics. On Friday, The Root writer Stephen A. Crockett Jr. joined in with Jemele Hill's Twitter criticisms of Smith for secretly working with Jay-Z to arrange last month's failed NFL workout for Colin Kaepernick. Crockett and Hill, a writer for The Atlantic, are giving Smith no mercy.



In the past week, in the aftermath of the shooting attack that killed three U.S. Navy sailors on a military base in Pensacola, Florida, Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends show has given substantial attention to the problem of most troops not being allowed to carry weapons on base. In several segments this week, the show highlighted the views of several Navy troops who are speaking out on the issue.



On his Saturday show, CNN host Michael Smerconish nudged CNN analyst/losing Florida gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum that the Conservative landslide in Britain is a warning sign for the American Democrats in 2020. Gillum threw gallons of cold water on the notion, even suggesting Trump has done nothing for red-state voters on the economy. He sold them a "bill of bads."



New York Times reporter Marc Tracy made the front of Friday’s Business section with a story on press outrage over the treatment of late Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs, in “Richard Jewell,” directed by Clint Eastwood. Journalists are suddenly outraged over the common practice of Hollywood fictionalizing stories based on real life by adding details to juice up the story. Many movies have portrayed journalists as fictionally heroic without any complaints. But now that Eastwood is holding up irresponsible journalism in an unflattering light, the press is in full howl.



CNN host Chris Cuomo began his closing argument Friday night by complaining that Democrats did not fight hard enough to make their case for impeachment. Cuomo also repeatedly used the hashtag #DirtyDonald that recently began trending on Twitter when describing President Trump’s behavior; making him essentially indistinguishable from a Democratic activist.



The Washington Post was adamant. It addressed the House Judiciary Committee’s passage of articles of impeachment this way: "“The House Judiciary Committee has now completed its task, and it has failed miserably. It has approved four articles of impeachment, of which two are ill-defined and two are unsubstantiated." 



Last Sunday, CNN's Brian Stelter complained on Twitter that Fox & Friends responded to the Times and Globe pieces with an on-screen banner, "MEDIA DECLARES TRUMP SHOULD BE IMPEACHED." Stelter fussed: "Who's writing those banners?!" By now, impeaching Trump has now been endorsed by The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, and The Washington Post. 



In one small but crucial way Stephen Colbert is mightier than even the Force. The far-left comic’s Late Show thrives by pandering to one half of the country. Joke after joke mocks Red State USA while cheering on progressive values.The result? He sits atop the late night heap thanks to our splintered media landscape.



It apparently doesn't take much to trigger CNN as far as President Donald Trump is concerned. In their latest iteration of perpetual outrage, CNN is irked over a funny meme which portrays Trump as the Marvel cartoon character of Thanos who with a snap of his finger, turns the House impeachment crew to dust. 



A few weeks back on Life, Liberty & Levin, Rep. Devin Nunes boasted about his memo on FISA abuse: “And what we really find out now? Everything that we said at that time was 100 percent accurate. Everything that the Democrats and the media said at the time: 100 percent inaccurate.” The IG report backs up the Nunes version of events, and confirms the Adam Schiff/media rebuttal is mostly false.



In the wake of Justice Department Inspector Genereal Michael Horowitz's report, will the many mainstream media outlets who were hyping the validity of the Christopher Steele dossier now apologize? If so, The New Yorker magazine should be at the front of the apology line since they strongly hyped that dossier in both print and even in a video podcast in which their editor, David Remnick, bonded with James Comey in validating  the now discredited dossier.



Does the New York Times truly want a quota system for artistic excellence? That’s the gist of Friday's piece by reporters Nicole Sperling and Brooks Barnes, “Female Filmmakers Slighted Yet Again.” With the Times’ approval, the art police are manning (oops, sorry) the perimeters, marking the limits of permitted creativity: "Some are also troubled by the large number of Oscar contenders that feature (white) men lamenting a changing world."



MRC President Brent Bozell appeared on Trish Regan Primetime on Friday and called out CNN and journalists who won’t do the basics of investigating controversies like Hunter Biden’s role in the Ukrainian company Burisma. Talking about the media’s resistance to covering the story (and forced mentions of it by Republicans during impeachment hearings), Bozell blasted, “They are upset that the Republicans are bringing this up. They are having to cover the Republicans live. But if it were up to them, and in fact when it has been up to them, they haven't said a thing.”



Throughout the entire impeachment drama our self-appointed moral betters in the media have dutifully repeated the Democrats' talking points that this about much more than a mere policy difference. But as the theory that President's Trump's actions could best and solely be explained as a desire for him to get the Ukrainians to investigate Joe Biden succumbed to a lack of provable facts that idea became less and less believable. On Friday's special coverage of the Judiciary Committee vote on the articles of impeachment, Nicolle Wallace and Andrea Mitchell let the cat out of the bag that this really is about a policy difference.