Accuracy in Media

In an opinion piece masquerading as an analysis piece for NBC News, journalist Jonathan Allen claimed that Trump’s hyper-partisanship left Democratic lawmakers with no choice but to impeach him in a vote by the House of Representatives.

NBC News chose to run with the headline, “Trump pays a historic price for doing business his way: Impeachment” and whose sub-headline read as, “Analysis: While the president and GOP loyalists insist he is a blameless victim, there will now be a big black asterisk emblazoned next to his name in the ledger of American history.” But the analysis ignored many of Trump’s achievements in his first term as U.S. President and focused primarily on the impeachment drama in Congress.

For example, Trump lobbied for and spurred Congress to come together and push criminal justice reform through both chambers. The First Step Act passed on bipartisan votes in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, freeing nonviolent offenders from long prison sentences. Also, Democratic lawmakers in the House agreed to vote on Trump’s trade deal, known as the USMCA, which is a demonstration of bipartisanship between the White House and Democrat-majority House of Representatives.

The analysis admitted that partisanship had marred the two previous impeachment trials for President Bill Clinton in 1998 and in 1868 with President Andrew Johnson, but it excused the Democratic Party’s partisanship because the party was left with no option due to Trump’s alleged actions.

However, NBC News’s analysis left out an important piece of information: Multiple Democratic lawmakers made it clear that they would push for impeachment regardless of his job performance. A video revealed freshman congresswoman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) saying that she looked forward to “impeach the MF” after she won election in 2018. Rep. Al Green (D-Tx.) said he will push for impeachment as long as he can to remove Trump from office. By all appearances, an impeachment vote was inevitable due to the motivations of multiple Democratic Party lawmakers.

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