Accuracy in Media

The mainstream and alternative news media are in a holding pattern as the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has stalled in Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refused to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate and demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) assure her that the Senate will hear witness testimonies.

McConnell declined to guarantee witnesses participating in the Senate trial and announced he has the 51 Republican senators’ votes to work the impeachment trial. McConnell reiterated to the press that the trial will be swift, will follow protocol and procedure, and should not be interfered with by the House of Representatives.

BuzzFeed News appeared to take Pelosi’s side in the impeachment trial dispute between her and McConnell. The website said that McConnell’s announcement struck “down any chance of a bipartisan agreement on how the trial will be structured.” In short, BuzzFeed News accused McConnell and the Republicans for partisanship in refusing to agree to Pelosi’s demands.

However, BuzzFeed News neglected to mention that the impeachment vote in the House of Representatives was also along partisan lines. In the first article of impeachment, which was about the alleged abuse of power, 229 Democratic lawmakers voted “yes,” with 2 Democrats voting “no” with the 196 Republican lawmakers. In the second article of impeachment, 228 Democrats voted “yes” on obstruction of Congress, while three Democrats joined 195 Republicans in voting ‘no.” By all means, the impeachment vote was not bipartisan, but was strictly partisan with a few defections.

BuzzFeed News focused on blaming Republicans for playing partisan politics, while ignoring or excusing Democrats for their party-line and partisan impeachment vote. Poll numbers also reflect how difficult it is to gain a consensus on impeachment among the American public, with multiple polls showing a close call on whether President Trump should be impeached.

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