Accuracy in Media

As the impeachment trial proceedings are underway, President Donald Trump organized his defense team with the likes of Kenneth Starr, Alan Dershowitz and Pam Bondi. NowThis News pulled no partisan punches when it came to describing the lawyers, whose goal is to defend the president against two impeachment articles.

Alan Dershowitz, who taught law classes at Harvard University, has defended O.J. Simpson, Jeffery Epstein and Harvey Weinstein. NowThis News’s coverage pointed out that Dershowitz represented terrible people, such as Weinstein and Epstein. The website also said that Weinstein is currently facing charges of sexual misconduct and other sex crimes, while Epstein was a convicted sex offender.

NowThis News also wrote that Starr, who was the independent counsel during the Clinton impeachment investigation, also represented Epstein in legal proceedings. But the website failed to acknowledge that lawyers defend the innocent and guilty alike, as the criminal justice system operates on the premise that a person is innocent until proven guilty. It was not a crime for Dershowitz or Starr to defend people that lacked character and morals.

The website also accused Bondi, the former Florida Attorney General, of giving Trump a pass. It said that she was the attorney general “who dropped an investigation into Trump’s fraudulent university scam after receiving campaign contributions (a $25,000 donation) from the Trump Foundation.” NowThis News did not provide a source for that allegation, which is ironic because this was an article about legal proceedings and lawyers. One would assume that NowThis News would provide some sourcing or evidence for this specific allegation.

NowThis News attempted to delegitimize the legal background of Trump’s defense team in the impeachment proceedings, although it ended up exposing its lack of legal understanding and liberal partisan leanings.

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