Thursday, November 14, 2019

Here's Fox, telling a lie

The Fair 'n' Balanced Network is usually careful to keep the pivot foot down when the ref is looking, so it's fun to see an out-and-out lie in the lead story:

President Trump highlighted a key moment during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing to suggest the case against him was decidedly undercut by the witnesses, despite claims to the contrary by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and fellow Democrats.

After reviewing the circumstances of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, asked the witnesses to state what impeachable offense Trump committed with the call. He did not get an answer

And it has to be true because there's a tweet, right?

Had you the good fortune to be reading the grownup press (even one with a bad case of local anesthesia), you might have noticed that he actually got a rather direct answer:

Taylor had said in his opening statement that he was not taking a position on impeachment. When Ratcliffe would not give Taylor time to respond, Schiff stepped in and said he could answer.

“Mr. Ratcliffe, I would just like to say that I’m not here to do anything having to do with the [decision] about impeachment,” Taylor said, “That is not what either of us are here to do. This is your job.”

In its own way, Fox does kinda-sorta admit to lying, but not very clearly:

“In this impeachment hearing today, where we impeach presidents for treason or bribery or other high crimes, where was the impeachable offense in that call? Are either of you here today to assert that there was an impeachable offense in that call? Shout it out. Anyone?”

Neither witness had an answer, but Taylor did say that he was not there to make that kind of decision.

It always bears repeating: The big gap in media coverage isn't between "conservative" and "liberal" outlets (especially since most of the notionally "liberal" ones are broadly center-right). The big gap is between organizations that make things up to please the party and ones that don't. If you've ever entertained any doubts about where Fox stands, you were misinformed.

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