Accuracy in Media

BuzzFeed claimed in a piece reporting on impeachment hearings in D.C. that Republicans are living in “a separate reality” when compared to the Democrats and media coverage. The article’s headline read, “There Are Two Separate Impeachment Hearings Happening Right Now — And Republicans Are Winning Theirs,” explicitly claimed that Republican lawmakers are operating differently than the Democrats and the media.

BuzzFeed claimed “there are two impeachment proceedings” going on in Washington, D.C. It said the following:

“One, carried out by the Democrats, is designed to ascertain the truth as to whether Trump sought a “quid pro quo” deal with Ukraine to get the country to investigate Joe Biden and the 2016 presidential election in exchange for aid money. The other, being carried out simultaneously by the Republicans, is quite different.”

The outlet accused Republicans of playing partisan politics and said, “Instead of trying to learn the truth, it seeks to create not just a counternarrative but a completely separate reality. The article continued, blaming Republicans for not interrogating witnesses and clamoring to “create moments that can be flipped into Fox News segments, shared as bite-size Facebook posts, or dropped into 4chan threads.” The last claim alone is an example of media malpractice because it inferred that Republican lawmakers appeal to the white supremacist online community in 4chan, a site notorious for promoting fringe political and social ideologies and rhetoric.

BuzzFeed took the side of Democratic lawmakers and claimed that the Democrats’ aim is to uncover the truth, without giving second thoughts to how Republicans think or operate, such as the thought that the impeachment proceedings are a political ploy ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.

This “separate reality” article was blatantly partisan and did not offer the public any substantive and neutral facts surrounding the impeachment hearings in Washington, D.C. Instead, it turned to partisan rhetoric to demean the minority political party lawmakers in the House of Representatives and inferred they cater to the white supremacist online community. 

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