Accuracy in Media

In their coverage of House Democrats’ moves on impeachment, The New York Times ignored important historical precedence and took swipes at President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans.

Times staffers Michael Shear, Maggie Haberman and Nicholas Fandos, who bill themselves as objective reporters, instead opined that President Trump is “a grievance-filled president,” facing a “steady stream of damaging revelations about his conduct,” and that Republicans are in “the same awkward place they have been for more than two weeks.”

With a headline “Republicans Fight Trump’s Impeachment by Attacking the Process,” The Times’ ironically attacked Republicans for being upset about the closed-door approach of House Democrats while ignoring the substantive matter of the Trump administration’s interactions with Ukraine. This critique doesn’t seem to realize that Republicans are upset because they aren’t able to have transparent access to the information about the testimony surrounding the relationship with Ukraine.

The Times reported some about the Graham-McConnell Senate resolution condemning the House for its closed-door process introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), though The Times didn’t mention the impeachment procedures against Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

“Unlike the House’s actions during investigations of both President Nixon and President Clinton, this House majority is denying President Trump important rights and due process protections,” McConnell wrote in a written statement accompanying the resolution, according to the Daily Signal’s Fred Lucas. “These include President Trump’s right to be represented by counsel; his right for that counsel to be present at all hearings and depositions; his right for that counsel to call and cross-examine witnesses; and even his right to access and respond to the evidence which the House compiles. House Democrats are even denying their own Republican colleagues’ basic procedural rights that the minority party was granted throughout previous impeachments.”

The Times also didn’t report that one month before the 1998 election, a vote in the House of Representatives saw 31 Democrats voting with all the Republicans to open an inquiry into the impeachment of President Clinton. Clinton was eventually denied a law license for five years and fined by the court because of his conduct.

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