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Much has been made of this week’s impeachment hearing in Washington, D.C., which pitted Democrats against Republicans, in addition to the contrasting testimonies of witnesses called before Congress. The Democratic Party alleged President Donald Trump is worthy of impeachment because of his phone conversation with the Ukrainian president on investigating a Ukrainian oil company, while Republicans contended it was not an impeachable offense.

NowThis News published a recap article, headlined, “The House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Hearing: A Recap,” in an attempt to summarize the hours-long hearing. Instead of providing a neutral and unbiased summary, NowThis News focused on the Democrats’ allegations and the testimonies of Democrats’ witnesses, but not the defense of the president from Republicans and the sole Republican witness.

The recap embedded several short videos of House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and his promise to impeach Trump if the committee found the president guilty of impeachment-worthy crimes, in addition to Democratic witness statements. The Democrats’ witnesses were Harvard University law professor Noah Feldman, Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan, and University of North Carolina law professor Michael Gerhardt. The sole Republican witness was George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley.

The article quoted the three law professors who agreed with Democrats that Trump should be impeached, but it did not quote Turley’s comments on how the current impeachment process sets a potentially-terrible precedent to impeach a president over alleged and vaguely-phrased crimes or offenses. No Republican lawmaker was quoted in the article, either, which signaled NowThis News’s left-leaning and partisan bias in describing the impeachment hearing.

The lack of ideological balance, in addition to the partisanship and favoritism toward Democratic lawmakers and their witnesses in this recap article, illustrated NowThis News’s political bias and how it should tell its readers that it is a partisan news source, not an unbiased one.

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