Brit Hume and Mollie Hemingway choking on NY Times sugar-coated puff piece on ‘brave’ Adam Schiff

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Veteran journalist Brit Hume blasted The New York Times over an “embarrassing” article that essentially praised Rep. Adam Schiff as the “inscrutable” chairman of the House Intelligence Committee leading the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

The Fox News senior political analyst called out the “sugar-coated” characterization of the California Democrat in a tweet citing the Times puff-piece published on Sunday.

“Wait till you read the sugar-coated description of Schiff’s mendacious role in pushing the Russia collusion bs,” Hume tweeted. “Embarrassing.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement from the 76-year-old journalist with a more-than two decade career at ABC News before joining Fox News.

Fox News contributor and editor for The Federalist, Mollie Hemingway, echoed Hume’s dig at the Times, slamming the media which “uncritically regurgitated his false claims for years.”

Describing Schiff as a “strait-laced former federal prosecutor” and the House panel’s “slightly nerdy chairman,” the Times article went on to tout the man Trump has dubbed “Shifty Adam Schiff.”

“These are heady but perilous days for Mr. Schiff, the inscrutable and slightly nerdy chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who is leading the impeachment inquiry into Mr. Trump,” the piece, credited to Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Nicholas Fandos, said.

“Adored by the left, reviled by the right, he has become a Rorschach test for American politics. Depending on one’s point of view, he is either going to save the republic, or destroy it,” they wrote.

The piece went on to note how “it was the election of Mr. Trump that elevated Mr. Schiff’s profile, and made him a sought-after speaker and fund-raiser in Democratic circles” as well as noting that at a film screening in his home district last month, he was met with a standing ovation after being introduced as a “current American hero.”

But Schiff has increasingly come under fire for his handling of the impeachment inquiry, and has been hit with an ethics complaint by Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz for “distorting” Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, lying about “Russian Collusion” and “blocking” Congressional lawmakers from attending closed-door impeachment hearings.

The complaint slammed Schiff’s performance in portraying Trump’s remarks — which he admitted was a “parody” — and said it violated House rules and was “grossly misrepresenting the content of the call to the American people.”

Trump called out the lawmaker as a “corrupt politician” on Sunday, calling out his “manipulated propaganda” in a tweet.

The criticism from Hume and Hemingway of The New York Times for its portrayal of Schiff reverberated with many on Twitter.

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