Following Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Thursday morning press conference in which she accused President Trump of “bribery,” the broadcast networks spent the next 24 hours featuring the term 43 times in evening and morning show coverage. All of it designed to boost the impeachment crusade against Trump.
At a Thursday press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) essentially authorized the use of the word “bribery” to describe President Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine. The broadcast networks gushed about her use of the word and showed their approval by roundly noting that bribery was an impeachable offense explicitly laid out in the Constitution.
Appearing Wednesday on the Fox Business Network, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell told Trish Regan on her eponymous prime time show that the liberal media have shown “such hypocrisy” on the Trump whistleblower. And in reacting to our latest study, Bozell ruled that they have put our “democracy...in peril” with their rampant, anti-Trump bias.
Someone told me about a phone call they overheard between someone else and President Trump on the other end: that was the crux of the “new evidence” out of Wednesday’s televised impeachment hearing that had the liberal media foretelling doom for the President. Despite the fact it met the literal definition of hearsay, ABC News, CBS News, and NBC News pounced on the testimony of diplomat Bill Taylor.
After ABC on Wednesday boasted Democrats were “serious” and U.S. Ambassador Bill Taylor was like Walter Cronkite, the post-hearing coverage led a few panelists to painstakingly concede that the hearing would not change anyone’s minds about impeachment. On the other hand, there was a hilarious back-and-forth with former Clinton official/chief anchor George Stephanopoulos and senior national correspondent Terry Moran to bemoan how more haven’t crossed over to call for Trump’s removal because they’re too blinded by Trump’s “version of American populism.”
As the congressional impeachment testimony hearing took a short recess mid-Wednesday, the liberal networks jumped in with their own reflections, but seemingly one takeaway: William Taylor was impressive, definitely not partisan, and wow, he sounds just like us!
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.”
In the minutes before the network’s live coverage started on day one of the impeachment hearings Thursday, ABC was already trying to discredit Republicans and their concerns as embarrassing "theatrics." ABC’s congressional correspondent Mary Bruce couldn’t help but get some digs in against Republicans even before the hearing started.
The tables appeared to turn on Tuesday when news broke that the infamous whistleblower behind impeachment was the subject of a different whistleblower complaint. The new complaint suggested the original whistleblower was soliciting and receiving illicit funds via the GoFundMe page set up to pay for legal fees. As would be expected, the same broadcast networks which gave President Trump 96 percent negative coverage, refused to touch the latest revelations about the whistleblower.
The next time you hear liberals in the media talk about undue influence of corporate entities or the dominance of powerful voices, think of Good Morning America on Tuesday. The “news” program devoted almost 17 minutes to shilling for the new Disney+ streaming service. Disney, of course, owns ABC and the journalists on the network sounded more like PR talking points come to life.
During the six weeks since the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry was announced, the liberal media have tried to help the cause by giving the effort wall-to-wall coverage, blasting the President with 96% negative coverage (even including criticism of his performance after the successful mission against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi), even as they ignore how Trump’s policies have benefited the record-setting economy.
While the Iran-friendly broadcast networks had previously defended the authoritarian regime from Trump administration accusations they cheated President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, they were nowhere to been seen Monday night when a leaked, “confidential” International Atomic Energy Agency report exposed how the United Nations organization discovered uranium particles of “anthropogenic origin” at a previously undeclared location.