NewsBusters.org, the top watchdog organization giving us the low-down on what the news media is up to, explains how the bias in media for impeaching President Donald Trump, is real, and no, you’re not just imagining it.
NewsBusters released a study this week that shows networks gave dozens of hours of coverage to the impeachment hearings against President Trump, but in 1998 they gave hardly any hours of coverage in the impeachment presentation of Ken Starr against President Bill Clinton.
“Broadcast networks NBC, CBS, and ABC have donated 75 hours of free air time to Democrats’ impeachment hearings, despite notably poor (and consistently shrinking) ratings. Yet during President Clinton’s impeachment, these same networks could not be bothered to carry more than a few hours of independent counsel Ken Starr’s one-day presentation of the evidence against Clinton on November 19, 1998.”
“By contrast back in November of 1998, NBC aired a paltry 26 percent (194 minutes) of Starr’s 12.5 hours of testimony on Capitol Hill. CBS covered 42 percent of the hearing (314 minutes), while ABC broadcast 36 percent (272 minutes).”
For two weeks, the networks actually bumped regularly scheduled programming for hours just to show the American people a dozen unknown witnesses, most of whom never spoke with the president or his chief of staff, and in more cases than not, actually helped President Trump’s argument that he did nothing wrong. The same networks hardly covered Starr’s testimony in 1998, and in the end, Clinton was found to have committed eleven felonies, while the Fake News media has to make up crimes about Trump that he never did.
From PJ Media:
One wonders what motivates the alphabet networks, given the pathetic ratings achieved.
Perhaps they’ve misread their consumers once again? In another report, NewsBusters dove into the ratings and showed that despite tremendous buildup and anticipation, the first few days of impeachment hearings achieved a fraction of the coverage of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings in 2018:
Friday’s second day of live, wall-to-wall coverage drew an average of 12.7 million viewers on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and the Fox News Channel combined.
That’s down from a relatively tepid 13.1 million for Day 1 of testimony on Wednesday.
According to Axios, 20 million watched the Kavanaugh hearings in 2018, and nearly that many (19.5 million) watched fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony in 2017.
As my colleague Kristine Marsh pointed out on Friday, broadcast networks are seeing lower numbers with the hearings than the usual fare. The 2.0 million ABC drew on Wednesday was one million fewer than watched Donald Trump, Jr. on The View the previous week.
NBC’s 1.7 million viewers on Day 1 was significantly less than the average audience for the soap opera Days of Our Lives (2.12 million for the 2018-19 season) which was put on “indefinite hiatus” last week.
When The View out-draws you … I mean … my goodness.
The Fake News media continually shows that their leftist ideology is more important than the businesses they are running. They had to have thoroughly ticked off their advertisers along with the American public who would have rather watched the regularly scheduled programming, as there were plenty of other cable networks with wall-to-wall coverage of the hearings.
Like Democrats, the Fake News network managers care more about their own political ideologies and desires than what is wanted by the people who are paying them to exist.
Most Americans, by now, including the ones who live in those little mud huts, fully understand that the Democrats have been out to overturn the 2016 election since the Election Day 2016 ended. They know that the Democrats have overplayed themselves with false accusations of Trump-Russia collusion, then the Mueller witch hunt, and now the Ukraine nonsense.
Here’s what impeachment all boils down to: The Democrats are trying to impeach President Trump over a phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. The American public has read the transcript of the call, and Democrats are trying to convince them that there are crimes within the transcript that aren’t there. And the mainstream news media are all siding with the Democrats to say Screw You to 63+ million American voters.