Category Archives: Media

Adam Schiff Dazzles the Press

Mainstream media and liberal commentators said Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) would be remembered for “generations to come” and was “dazzling,” “masterful,” “very very good,” “very very powerful,” “awfully impressive,” “expert,” “brilliant,” “absolutely brilliant,” and a “virtuoso” in his opening statement for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

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Fact Check: Russia Interfered in the 2016 Election — and Ukraine Did, Too

Fact check – CLAIM: President Donald Trump subscribed to the “debunked conspiracy theory” that Ukraine, “rather than Russia,” interfered in the 2016 presidential election. VERDICT: FALSE. The two are not mutually exclusive.

Bernstein: There Are 7-9 ‘Wobbly’ Republicans Who Want Witnesses

Veteran reporter Carl Bernstein said on Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that there are seven to nine Republican senators who would like to hear from witnesses during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Bernstein said, “I think

CNN Silent on Contributor’s False Viral Tweet

CNN has remained silent about a contributor’s viral tweet that misleadingly claimed to relay a conversation between Republican senators.

Former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart received more than 9,000 retweets and 36,000 likes for a tweet claiming to report an overheard conversation between two Fox News-watching GOP senators. “Is this stuff real? I haven’t heard any of this before. I thought it was all about a server,” the senators supposedly said. “If half the stuff Schiff is saying is true, we’re up shit’s creek. Hope the White House has exculpatory evidence.”

Replies to the tweet indicate that many people took Lockhart’s scoop seriously. When reached for comment about the episode, a CNN spokesman redirected the Washington Free Beacon to a network communications director for the network who ignored multiple requests for comment.

In follow-up tweets, Lockhart acknowledged that he “made up” the overheard conversation and called it satire. Lockhart did not delete the misleading tweet even as it went viral, and the clarifying tweets did not achieve the same reach as the original.

After he continued to receive criticism from conservative and liberal journalists alike, Lockhart characterized his detractors as “purveyors of Pizzagate and the Seth Rich conspiracy.”

CNN reporters on the media and “disinformation” beats have repeatedly said that satire is no excuse for spreading “fake news,” particularly if some internet users mistake it for genuine news. Some have accused comedy websites of hiding behind satire to mislead voters while dodging punishment from social media companies.

Brian Stelter, the network’s media critic and host of Reliable Sources, was also silent on the matter, although he did tweet about President Donald Trump’s “false claims.”

Lockhart, who has made frequent appearances during the network’s impeachment coverage, also sparked controversy on Tuesday when he said that Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) should face prison time for tweeting while he was on the Senate floor. The former public relations executive was seemingly unaware that most politicians have dedicated press staffers who handle their social media accounts, and that senators cannot be imprisoned for breaking Senate floor rules.

Cruz mocked the tweet with a graphic of a cell phone reading, “Come and Take It”—a mock-up of a popular flag commemorating the famous victory at the Battle of Gonzales that sparked the Texas Revolution.

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Never Trump: National Review Backs Democrats on Crime and Impeachment

The editors of National Review, who devoted an entire issue in 2016 to making the case “Against Trump,” are doing it again in a new editorial arguing against President Donald Trump’s argument that impeachment requires a crime.

CNN Political Analyst Creates Fake News About Senate Impeachment Trial

CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart created fake news in real time during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate on Wednesday, falsely claiming that House Democrats were swaying Senate Republican opinions.

Pollak: Did Adam Schiff Out Himself as Leaker to Washington Post?

Schiff may have outed himself during his opening arguments in the Senate trial of the president on Wednesday, as he cited an opinion article written by the Washington Post.

Joel Pollak to Dennis Prager: Democrats Are Interfering with Their Own Election

Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak told Dennis Prager that Democrats’ impeachment push against President Donald Trump is harming the presidential campaigns of their senator candidates.

Adam Schiff Cites Washington Post Editorial Against Trump in Senate Trial

Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) used an opinion article by the editorial board of the Washington Post in an attempt to prove the facts of his case against President Donald Trump in opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial Wednesday evening.

Fake News: CNN Analyst Makes Up Conversation Between Republican Senators on Impeachment

CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart on Wednesday made up a conversation between Republican senators on day two of the Senate impeachment trial, updating his claim roughly ten minutes later and admitting that he made the entire exchange up.

CNN’s Tapper: GOP Senators Creating ‘Alternate Reality’ to Defend Trump

CNN’s Jake Tapper said on Wednesday’s during his network’s coverage of the Senate impeachment trial that Republican senators were creating “this alternate reality where President Donald Trump is truly concerned about corruption.”

McCaskill: GOP Senators Bluffing on Wanting Hunter Biden to Testify

Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) asserted Wednesday during MSNBC’s live coverage of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump that Republican senators were bluffing when they claim they want former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden to testify under