Accuracy in Media

The mainstream media failed to cover comments made by David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama who now works as a political correspondent for CNN.

On CNN’s OutFront with host Erin Burnett, Axelrod warned Democrats that during a focus group that he attended, the subject of impeachment was far below the focus group attendees’ concerns. He told Burnett that the focus group was “chilling” because the impeachment “didn’t come up” until after an hour into the focus group session.

The focus group, held by the Institute for Politics at the University of Chicago and Chicago Democratic voters, did not address impeachment until far into the session. 

“Because impeachment didn’t come up, no one volunteered it, for 80 minutes into the focus group, and we’re right in the middle of the trial,” Axelrod said. “When it came up, they said, you know, it’s terrible what he did, the case has been proven, but we know how it’s going to turn out.” The focus group said that they were “ready to move on” from impeachment, Axelrod said.

Axelrod’s observations align with polling data, which shows Americans are closely divided on impeachment.

The Hill reported on Axelrod’s experience in the focus group in Chicago, which has a strong Democratic Party voting base. 

Right-leaning outlets such as The Blaze and Breitbart published articles on Axelrod’s story, but no mainstream media outlet covered it. 


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