As the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump was set to resume on Monday with the second day of the President’s legal team giving their opening arguments, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Sunday Today previewed the trial and shared their fears for what the defense would say about former Vice President Joe Biden.
Saturday’s abbreviated impeachment hearing was the first time President Trump’s legal team was able to have the Senate floor all to themselves during opening arguments, and the liberal media were not happy about it. All three of the broadcast networks used their evening newscasts to decry and whine about the arguments Trump’s legal team were making.
Just like with CNN, MSNBC spent Saturday afternoon doing their best to refrain from using positive descriptors when talking about day one of President Trump’s legal team, instead calling their brief presentation as having included “a little false flag,” not substantive, and “weak tea.”
Despite the fact that the leading 2020 Democrats are white, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin attacked President Trump’s legal team for the Senate impeachment trial as “White House and white people” reflecting “the diversity of the two parties” compared to the House impeachment managers. Along with knocking the Trump lawyers as “not spell-binding,” “wandering in the wastelands,” and “weak,” Toobin also engaged in sexism by wondering if the women on team Trump will be “allowed to” speak.
The New York Times is lining up excuses for why the Democrats’ brilliant impeachment case against Trump is not sinking in with Republicans: Conspiracy! That’s the thrust of an op-ed by professor Nicole Hemmer, “Scandalize! Minimize! Repeat as Necessary -- Right-wing media have been laying the groundwork for Trump’s acquittal for half a century.” She made dubious use of space by defending President Lyndon Baines Johnson, described even in left-wing papers as an awful man with credible allegations of election-stealing and sexual misconduct.
Without providing any evidence, ABC News made headlines on Friday when they claimed they had heard an audio recording of President Trump ordering the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine to be fired, something that would supposedly aid Democrats with impeachment. Both CBS News and NBC News pounced on the reporting during their evening newscasts despite the fact ABC had not released the audio or commented on its authenticity.
The big three networks gave just 28 seconds Friday night and Saturday morning to the largest pro-life annual march in the nation’s capital, this year. While it’s not out of the ordinary for the media to ignore this mammoth event that flies in the face of their liberal narrative on abortion, it is notable that they would hold a near blackout of the event even when President Trump became the first sitting President to attend in the 47 year history of the march.
Friday, CNN media correspondent and self-appointed defender of the free press Brian Stelter joined the network's pre-game panel discussion to talk the latest impeachment developments and to applaud Sen. Chuck Schumer for going after Fox News.
Since the beginning of the trial to impeach President Donald Trump, the New York Times has eagerly trumpeted the case laid out by the House impeachment managers, especially Rep. Adam Schiff of California. Congressional reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg gushed over Schiff, who had “secured his place as a liberal rock star -- and villain to conservatives -- with the fiery closing argument he delivered Thursday night, imploring senators to convict and remove Mr. Trump because ‘you know you can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country.’”
On Friday afternoon before the Senate impeachment trial resumed, MSNBC continued to search their mental thesauruses for new ways to describe their dearly beloved lead House Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff (D-CA). What they came up with was to call his Thursday night speech “impassioned and unforgettable” and will be read “about in history books years from now.” To make matters even worse, Schiff was compared to Atticus Finich, Billy Joel, the late Prince, and Bruce Springsteen. Really.
Brian Williams announced himself to be the latest member of the Adam Schiff Fan Club on MSNBC's coverage of day three of the impeachment trial, but he did offer the House Democratic managers some advice: show more emotion. Williams was worried that Schiff, while "awfully impressive," was too boring, "people are searching for a way to say, “yeah, but,” and I have heard this morning -- Nicolle’s right-- people are saying, long on facts, short on emotion. Where is the emotion? Where is the appeal? Not just to the 100 [Senators], but to the further television audience."
That’s it! Stop the impeachment trial and remove President Trump now because Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) was on the verge of tears! That was essentially the reaction CNN had to Schiff’s final words in Thursday’s session. CNN Tonight host Don Lemon touted how the proceedings adjourned with “A very emotional closing there from the lead impeachment manager, Adam Schiff saying, ‘Right matters. Truth matters. Otherwise, we are lost.’ Getting choked up there.”