by John Steinberger | December 17, 2019 11:02 am
Both national and Charleston-area media outlets have shown extreme bias in their coverage of the House Democrat impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. They are offering Democrat talking points regarding Trump’s July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky. There are never media references to the actual telephone transcript released by the White House.
One of the most common media angles is that Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless Ukraine “dug up dirt” on former Vice President Joe Biden, who is one of many contenders for the Democrat nomination for President. The issue of military aid never comes up in the transcript. While Ukraine has not launched an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter for their involvement with Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma, it has received shipment of the American Javelin anti-tank missile system to protect it from a potential Russian attack.
Charleston media has consistently followed the narrative of first-term Representative Joe Cunningham, who became the first Democrat in 40 years to win South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District in 2018. Cunningham announced his intent to vote for impeachment charges on Monday. He says, “I wasn’t sent to Congress for impeachment.” The Charleston media never asked him about impeachment or many other key issues in 2018, and he narrowly won in a district that Trump carried by 13 points in 2016.
All Charleston media reports ran with Cunningham’s assertion that Republicans didn’t present evidence exonerating President Trump on the charges of Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress and failed to call witnesses. Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) revealed to Sean Hannity in October on Fox News that House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) would not let Republicans call witnesses or allow Trump to have counsel present in the hearings held in a top-secret vault in the basement of Congress. Republicans who attempted to cross-examine Democrat witnesses were quickly gaveled out of order by Schiff.
The national and local news coverage on impeachment lends credence to the Trump term “Fake News.” News stories are almost always presented from the Democrat perspective, with opinion and false statements often presented in the news reports. Consumers of news need to be wary of most political reporting and explore other sources of news, including internet journalism and talk radio.
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