The impeachment-obsessed media was as giddy as children on Christmas morning after BuzzFeed broke the story that President Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen had been instructed by his client to lie to Congress over putting a Trump Tower in Moscow.
As is the case in this period of mass hysteria, the talking heads quickly jumped on this latest conspiracy theory as the proverbial smoking gun that Trump was in cahoots with the Kremlin and rather than do a bit of fact-checking on the sensational claims by a documented fibber, plagiarist and cokehead, they rushed to judgment and devoted an obscene amount of coverage to the story.
This was before the stunning announcement from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office that BuzzFeed’s bombshell was bogus that turned all of that joy into yet another sinking feeling that Lucy had yanked the football away from the hapless Charlie Brown at the last second.
According to an analysis by the Daily Caller, Trump hating propaganda organs CNN and MSNBC used the term “impeach” nearly 200 times before Mueller rudely peed in the punchbowl and spoiled the party.
Don't forget, the media was already calling for Trump's impeachment following the (now disputed) BuzzFeed report. (Montage below.) pic.twitter.com/c1HF0FbHXA
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 19, 2019
Via The Daily Caller, “CNN And MSNBC Repeatedly Floated Impeachment Over Disputed BuzzFeed Report”:
CNN and MSNBC collectively used the word “impeach” nearly 200 times on Friday before the Special Counsel’s office disputed a bombshell report by BuzzFeed News.
According to a Daily Caller review of TV clipping service Grabien, personalities on CNN and MSNBC used the words “Impeach,” “Impeachment,” or “Impeachable,” 179 times.
The review included only original Friday programming and ran up until each network learned that BuzzFeed’s report was in dispute — shortly before 8 pm.
CNN mentioned impeachment 82 times while MSNBC mentioned it a whopping 97 times.
While some anchors and pundits hedged that the BuzzFeed story could only lead to impeachment proceedings “if true,” others repeated the story more uncritically and suggested that the president would be forced to resign and might even face obstruction of justice charges.
MSNBC’s Katy Tur, for example, stated at the top of her show that “Donald Trump is facing the most damming report to date for his presidency. A story that could lead to his impeachment.”
Despite insisting that they hadn't confirmed it, the broadcast nets spent over 27 minutes on the dubious BuzzFeed story https://t.co/7OfPzArWR1
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) January 19, 2019
Additional reporting from conservative media watchdog Newsbusters:
Despite the fact that the BuzzFeed News story was not confirmed by — well — any news outlet from when it was first published to the statement from Mueller’s team, the broadcast networks devoted 27 minutes and 33 second on their Friday morning and evening newscasts (minus opening teases) to a story that, for lack of a better term, has been sunk.
All three networks pointed to the questionable veracity of the BuzzFeed piece by Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold to some degree, but each still gave it coverage with two dithering away over 10 minutes each.
ABC led the way with 10 minutes and 32 seconds between Good Morning America and World News Tonight. Close behind was NBC, which had 10 minutes and five seconds during NBC Nightly News and Today on the Cohen claims. NBC had the longest uninterrupted span with a portion of Today’s coverage going uninterrupted for six minutes and 33 seconds.
In third place and showing the most restraint was CBS. On CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News, they combined for only six minutes and 56 seconds of BuzzFeed coverage.
Not exactly a good day for the mainstream media who just provided more vindication to the millions of Americans who already hate and despise them for their lies, anonymously sourced leaks and far-left activism.
President Trump himself put it best in a Saturday morning tweet:
Fake News is truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019
At this point, who can argue with that?