The Media’s Dreadful Impeachment Partisanship


One favorite tactic of our “objective” media during the impeachment of President Donald Trump is to find a clip of the president’s legal experts such as Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz expressing an opinion during the 1998-99 impeachment of Bill Clinton and then show a contrast with the present day.

But this is just as easily demonstrated with the press. It’s not surprising that Democrats and Republicans favor or oppose impeachment based on the party of the president in the dock. It should be surprising that our supposedly nonpartisan journalists flip to whichever talking points are in use by the Democrats.

That makes the press a gaggle of hypocrites.

Back in 1998, Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift spoke for the vast majority of the press from her chair on “The McLaughlin Group.” Before the House voted to impeach Clinton, she warned, “If the Republicans want to go ahead and do this, I think they disgrace themselves in a more profound way than President Clinton has by abusing the machinery of impeachment, knowing full well that the Senate will hold a sham trial and they will be, in effect, delivered of this ridiculous conclusion.”

Over and over again, these network “news” stars lamented that the House impeachment vote and the Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton were a “sham” and a horrible “distraction” from the people’s business. They said small-minded Republican Clinton haters were obsessed with sex — and never mind the actual charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Two days after the House impeached Clinton, NBC's "Today" show tag team spewed outrage at that president's fate. Co-host Katie Couric lectured Sen. Mitch McConnell, asking why he was so convinced there would be a speedy Senate trial. "Because many people have been talking about a long, protracted trial taking attention away from the important issues in this country that people really care about?" she said.

Then there was NBC's Matt Lauer, who brought on former House Speaker Jim Wright, who resigned in disgrace in 1989 over a corrupt scheme of selling crates of his book to lobbying groups. Lauer said: "Speaker Wright, let me start with you. When you resigned nine years ago, you had been battered by the right. You called for an end to what you called, 'mindless cannibalism.' Nine years later, we're hearing terms like that again, and others swirling around the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Have we learned nothing in nine years?"

One thing we all do know is Matt Lauer learned absolutely nothing from Clinton about sexual harassment in the workplace.

The networks today tout the Democratic House managers as so incredibly diverse and worldly-wise and then mock the Republican House managers of 1999 as stale, pale and male.

They marched to that beat back then, too. On the "CBS Evening News," reporter Phil Jones was the publicist. "Democrats believe House managers are conservative zealots, and some Republicans agree," he said. He turned to Rep. Peter King, who proclaimed, "It's a very hardcore group ... very hard-nosed and determined to get Bill Clinton."

Jones elaborated: "(T)he impeachment managers are strikingly alike. All 13 are white, all 13 males, all 13 Christians, all 13 lawyers." King added that "they live in an echo chamber."

We all lived in an echo chamber. It was called ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, et cetera. They promoted one another in warning of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" against the heroic liberal president.

Journalists constantly moan that their credibility is shot and blame "anti-media" messages from Trump and the conservative media. Not so. They've lost the public's respect all by themselves. They had every opportunity to avoid dreadfully obvious partisan flip-flopping on this impeachment. Instead, they flagrantly indulged their Democratic buddies all over again.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog 

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10 thoughts on “The Media’s Dreadful Impeachment Partisanship”

  1. the (so called) “mainstream” media has been a tool of the left wing communist /socialists as far back as the early 1900’s..All one need do to “educate” themselves is visit any public library that maintains a catalog of “old” newspapers on microfilm (perhaps now transferred to a computer) You (may) be amazed

  2. And they will continue to do it! In December, I just know my local newspaper, which ran a large type point using one word, IMPEACHED! I just know it will be a sidelined story with a much smaller type point and they will not even use the words Acquitted or Exonerated. For a good read, try Levin’s new book, “Unfreedom of the Press.”

  3. So when will free speech lead to a consortium of radical fascists be transformed into treason, sedition and an attempt to over throw a duly elected POTUS?

  4. “Journalists” ceased being journalists a long time ago. The majority of the media most certainly deserves the label “FakeNewsMedia”. By their behavior, bias and virtually TOTAL lack of objectivity and employment of the principles of “journalism”, they have, indeed, destroyed any credibility they might once have merited!


    TO: Nancy, and the Blue House Gang.
    FROM: A very, old, soldier/cop/grunt.

    cc. President Trump, Americans

    RE: Just a few words to possibly make some of you a little wiser, if not at least more alert!

    Would you really like some insight as to why some many of us old soldiers/cops (and many Americans in the heartland) spend the better part of our time these days trying to keep our latent homicidal tendencies latent? To keep the conversation as succinct as possible I will simply present a few lessons learned that were produced over a 45 year soldier/police career with some comments added to hopefully bring some of them into focus for the last three years.

    * Soldiers (ground combat soldiers, that is) do not fight first and foremost for their country, the flag, motherhood, girls back home, nor apple pie. Before all else, soldiers engaged in ground combat fight for their fellow soldiers and their unit. UPDATE: Those of you who consider yourselves important characters in the so-called American oligarchy had best be hopeful that this one is universally true. Were soldiers to pay full heed to their oath most of their combat sorties might end up being in and/or around the beltway!

    * The Seven C’s of Leadership according to a 1980 survey of 1646 Vietnam era ground combat veterans listed in the order of their importance are; Candor, Competence, Consistency, Commitment, Courage, Compassion, and Courtesy. The reason the soldiers in the survey chose the word “candor” is because to them candor encompasses both omission and co-mission. To a combat soldier the lack of absolute candor, be it co-mission or omission, are equal sins! In short, soldiers expect/demand absolute candor from those appointed to lead them before all else. UPDATE: Though none of you are leaders (IAW the Constitution all of you are representatives/public servants) thought I would make a couple of observations. First, you democrats have proven you are masters of co-mission, while republicans have proven they are masters of omission! Second, as a commander of soldiers/chief of police I have fired (relieved from duty) four commissioned officers, six sergeants, and three police officers. I did not fire/relieve a single one of the group for making mistakes or for not being fully qualified for their positions. I fired/relieved every single one of them for being less than candid with their subordinates and/or me! How do you think you and/or any member of your gang would make out if assigned to leadership position in an army combat or a police unit?

    * The American people are the most effectively lied to people in modern times thanks primarily to the American political class, the American bureaucracy, the American media, and American academia.

    * Arrogance coupled with ignorance equals stupidity.

    * The greatest threats to the American people are the corrupt and/or incompetent politicians/bureaucrats/academicians found at every level of government/academia, and the majority of the American so-called media.

    * Most of the politicians/bureaucrats/academicians I have encountered during my years as a soldier/cop I most kindly refer to as; self-serving, witless, cowards.

    * The American Profession of Arms and our brothers/sisters in blue have failed to protect the American people from all of their enemies, both foreign and most especially domestic.
    * There are only two primary requirements to be a career soldier and/or cop in America. One must be smart enough to do the work and dumb enough to take the job.

    * American soldiers and police officers must in addition to mastering all of their professionally mandated tasks, learn to accomplish the same with at least one arm tied behind their backs and their vision impaired 50% or more.

    * After carefully watching the whole of the political class since Donald J. Trump walked down that escalator in Trump Tower to date, I can say without reservation that most of the group will sell their souls and our bodies just to remain in power. (Added 2019)

    * Want to see what the United States of America will look like if the left takes control of the government? Take your pick, New York City, Baltimore, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or the complete package; California. (Added 2019)

    * If the so-called resistance movement continues unchecked in trying to destroy the first true leader to ever serve as the President and Commander-in-Chief a number of able veterans are going to be presented with a challenge/decision. Are the American people worth another drop of our sweat and/or our blood? (Added 2019)

    Charles W. Lauderdale
    Soldier/Cop/Grunt, Retired
    1. Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
    2. A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away!
    3. An ounce of gold cannot buy a second of time.
    4. It is far more difficult to judge one’s self than to judge others!

  6. Why do we continue to claim the media is “so biased” toward President Trump, and yet we support the rags they print and the TV “news” shows that they use to ridicule the President, and lately even the citizens that have voted for President Trump … STOP BUYING and Watching Their version of the news. Maybe they will get the point that their opinions are not news, in fact it isn’t interesting to the reader of the watcher.

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