On Wednesday, NBC became obsessed with the idea that “the cloud of impeachment is shadowing the President at the NATO summit,” so much so that the network repeatedly hyped seemingly innocuous comments from world leaders about President Trump running late to a meeting, citing it as evidence of “trash talk” and attempts to “mock” the U.S. leader.
On Wednesday, all three network morning shows were completely enthralled with Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee releasing a partisan report calling for the impeachment of President Trump. Despite the obvious one-sided nature of the 300-page document, anchors on NBC, ABC, and CBS led their respective broadcasts by touting the report as “damning,” “blistering,” and representing “impeachment’s new phase.”
During a discussion on Thursday’s Today show about the impact of Wednesday’s impeachment hearings, co-host Savannah Guthrie amazingly admitted that the American people agreed with conservative National Review editor Rich Lowry and were generally opposed to the Democratic attempt to remove President Trump from office.
As Tuesday’s impeachment hearing was about to begin, special coverage on NBC and CBS focused not on facts but on how House Democrats could “weave a compelling tale of wrongdoing” against President Trump that would result in them “winning the court of public opinion.”
On Wednesday morning, it seemed like all three network morning shows were competing with one another over which could use the most hyperbolic rhetoric to boost the upcoming public impeachment hearings. The words “historic,” “consequential,” and “pivotal” were ascribed to the partisan spectacle as viewers were assured of “the presidency hanging in the balance.”
Wrapping up her live interview with former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday, Today show host Savannah Guthrie grilled her guest on President Trump’s “fitness” for office and “mental acuity.” Despite Haley vouching for Trump’s ability to handle the job, Guthrie repeatedly pressed the issue.
After Monday’s network morning shows all accepted Democratic assertions that “there’s no reason to question Hunter Biden” in public impeachment hearings, during a live interview on Tuesday’s Today show, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley pushed back on that claim and told NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie: “...you have to look at Biden.”
On Tuesday, one year out from the 2020 presidential election, NBC’s Today show fretted over polls showing some of the Democratic frontrunners struggling to defeat President Trump in several key battleground states. The discussion focused on concerns that Democrats were “overconfident” about their electoral chances and even “distracted by all the impeachment” efforts against Trump.
On Friday, both NBC’s Today show and CBS This Morning labeled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to censor political speech on the social network as “controversial.” The coverage emphasized that 2020 Democratic candidates were particularly upset by move, after trying to pressure Facebook into banning ads from the President Trump’s reelection campaign.
Appearing on NBC’s Today show on Monday, New York Times columnist James B. Stewart hawked his new book, Deep State, by hailing bureaucrats undermining the Trump administration as noble public servants “protecting the Constitution” and the American people from the President. He denounced any criticism of the “deep state” as “very dangerous.”
Taking a page from the playbook of Democratic House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, on Monday’s Today show, NBC News national security analyst and former Obama administration official Jeremy Bash fabricated quotes from President Trump in an attempt to bolster the case for impeachment.
During an interview with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday, Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie pressed her guest on whether Russia “elected Donald Trump.” In response, Rice ripped apart the notion and lectured the NBC anchor: “I really don’t think that’s a good conversation to have.”