During Tuesday night’s dinner break in the impeachment trial, CNN put forward a case that January 21, 2020 will be day of infamy for President Trump. AC360 and Erin Burnett OutFront offered guest after guest that not only agreed with one another, but plunged further into political analysis divorced from reality. CNN political analyst and resident drama king Carl Bernstein stated on AC360 at the end of the break that Tuesday “was devastating for the President of the United States both short term and long term.”
Since MSNBC and CNN are both liberal “news” outlets, it certainly comes as no shock when they quote information from each other and consider those assertions to be 100 percent accurate without verifying any of them. That was the case on Tuesday, when the co-hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe cable TV program quoted results from a survey conducted by CNN that claimed more than half of the people across the country consider President Donald Trump to be a liar -- just hours before the Senate impeachment trial got underway.
Day one of the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Trump was marked by a debate between the Democratic managers and the President’s legal team over the proposed rules for the proceedings. But instead of just reporting on the argument Trump’s legal team was making, CBS correspondent Chip Reid decided to insert his own editorial hot take against the lawyers.
Surprise! MSNBC thinks the Democrats are doing great during day one of the impeachment hearings. During the 6:30 PM break after hours of testimony, host Lawrence O’Donnell praised, “What we've seen so far is evidence versus rhetoric. The House managers showed up with evidence they have incorporated evidence into every bit of their argument to obtain further evidence. It seems like the Trump defense team showed up thinking this was just a procedural day.”
Ivanka Trump knows how to handle obnoxious CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta.The eldest daughter of President Donald Trump and wife to Trump senior advisor Jared Kushner showed how to put the pushy journalist in his place. Like any self-respecting Trump, Ivanka completely ignored him.
Having all received their marching orders from Dear Leader Jeffrey Zucker, CNN’s panel of so-called analysts and journalists sang the praises of pal and lead House Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff (D-CA) late Tuesday afternoon as an “effective orator” who produced “a pretty compelling story” with “facts” that, in their minds, put the White House to shame.
During CBS’s special coverage of the Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday, Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell was thrilled by Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff’s opening presentation that featured on-screen graphics and video clips. She gushed over the political show to her panel of pundits.
Chuck Todd and his NBC News Political Unit sounds like angry coaches in NBC's "Meet the Press: First Read" digital newsletter on Tuesday. The headline reads "Why aren't Democrats making life miserable for vulnerable Republicans on impeachment?" Todd wants more punch in the Democrat offense.
ABC offered long hours of coverage of the first day of impeachment, dissecting every moment of the effort to remove the President. At 3:05 PM, Melissa Murray fretted that making the wrong decisions during this trial could lead to the end of “democracy.” The ABC News analyst decided that the main focus is this: “This is the big question. Is the president going to be above the law? That's the whole point of this impeachment hearing.” Murray, contributor Kate Shaw and George Stephanopoulos were discussing witnesses and the various procedural motions. Murray warned of the possibility of democracy ending:
Question for Telemundo News: Where was correspondent Cristina Londoño during the Democrats’ impeachment proceedings last December? Given her apparent state of shock about the Senate impeachment procedures, it seems she went off to Lala Land during the House impeachment of President Donald Trump.
As the impeachment trial got underway on Tuesday, CNN legal analyst Elie Honig joined CNN Newsroom co-hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto to try and indict"controversial" members of President Trump's defense team. Naturally, the segment was full of hypocrisy, bungled facts, and faulty analogies. Honig claimed Ken Starr would become "a walking, talking exhibit' for the House Democrat impeachment managers.
On Monday's Anderson Cooper 360, CNN's Gloria Borger filed a pre-recorded report in which she misleadingly portrayed liberal California Democratic Congressman and impeachment manager Adam Schiff as a "moderate" as she recounted his political career. Borger did not clarify that his voting record has never been moderate, and, after his already Democratic district became even more strongly liberal in 2013, Schiff further distanced himself from moderates by resigning from the Blue Dog Coalition.
While during the Clinton impeachment trial, the media was adamant that no additional witnesses were needed, they have completely flipped on that position, now that a Republican president is being impeached. Monday, as the Senate trial to impeach President Trump began, the hosts of The View took that same tactic, bashing Republicans for not doing what Democrats want, or as they put it, “the will of the people.” Co-host Joy Behar even speculated that Republicans supporting Trump and his own impeachment lawyers were hiding something “gross” from the public.
MSNBC on Tuesday kicked off impeachment with a movie trailer-style hype video and a Chris Matthews rant about dumb voters. Matthews attempted to compliment the legal strategy of Alan Dershowitz, who is arguing that no crime should equal no conviction. The Hardball host bashed the dummies he fears will find the strategy effective. Matthews spewed, “To the non-attentive voter — I think Trump always loves the low information guy, the Dancing with the Stars who cares more about Harry and Meghan or about Brad and Jennifer."
On Tuesday, as the political PR battle ahead of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump began, ABC’s Good Morning America amplified complaints from Democrats that the process was “a cover-up and national disgrace” because of the rules outlined by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.