While Americans can rightfully expect the Democratic Party to be biased as they conducted a kangaroo court to impeach President Donald Trump, it’s somewhat odd to see CNN so openly display a similar bias. Or is it?
CNN all but gave Democrats wall-to-wall coverage of their one-sided impeachment hearings, but the network had no interest in extending that same courtesy to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, who held a hearing on Wednesday featuring Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Horowitz just released his long-awaited report on FISA warrant abuse that found 17 “significant errors or omissions” on the part of the FBI while investigating the Trump campaign, to include doctoring an email to make former Trump adviser Carter Page appear to be a Russian spy.
CNN aired Horowitz’s statement live but did not carry Graham’s opening remarks.
RNC rapid response director Steve Guest took to Twitter to call out the network.
“After giving their air time COMPLETELY over to Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff for the past few weeks, CNN IS NOT AIRING the start of the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Horowitz’s IG report,” Guest tweeted.
After giving their air time COMPLETELY over to Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff for the past few weeks, CNN IS NOT AIRING the start of the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Horowitz’s IG report. #StopTheMadness pic.twitter.com/CxF3X7zkdt
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) December 11, 2019
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel responded to the tweet to ask why CNN opted not to air Graham’s opening statement?
CNN aired everything Schiff & Nadler had to say. Why aren’t they showing @LindseyGrahamSC? Is it because the facts of how the FBI mistreated @realDonaldTrump contradict their coverage over the last 3 years? https://t.co/AdVYf8RHzV
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) December 11, 2019
The condemnation came hard and heavy, as the blatant bias was impossible to ignore.
@CNN is not a news organization. They are a propaganda outfit akin to Fusion GPS.
— Roger Simon (@rogerlsimon) December 11, 2019
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) December 11, 2019
CNN not even pretending anymore https://t.co/Mvo4gUTB3z
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) December 11, 2019
Major misstep by CNN, after blanketing Democratic hearings, to blow off Lindsey Graham’s opening statement (and Feinstein’s) at IG hearing. And MSNBC dipped in and out of Graham. Fuels the criticism that they’ve taken sides
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) December 11, 2019
CNN and MSNBC refusing to run Senator Lindsey Graham’s opening statement in the Horowitz hearing. The most blatant form of media bias that I have ever seen. RIP, American journalism.
— Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) December 11, 2019
It’s impossible for CNN to claim they’re *not* a propaganda network after refusing to air the IG report when they aired every second of Nadler, Schiff, and Pelosi pushing for impeachment.
They don’t want their audience to be informed on what’s actually happening.
— Caleb Hull 🎅🏻🎁 (@CalebJHull) December 11, 2019
As for what Graham had to say, the South Carolina Republican took the media to task for their bias in covering the IG report.
“Crossfire Hurricane was probably the best name ever given to an investigation in the history of investigations because I think that’s what we wound up with, a crossfire and a hurricane,” Graham stated. “There has been a lot of media reports about your report before it was issued, and I remember reading all these headlines: ‘Lawful investigation with a few irregularities,’ ‘Everything okay, low-level people kind of got off track.’ If that’s what you get out of this report, you clearly didn’t read it.”
“If that’s your takeaway that this thing was lawfully predicated, and that’s the main point, you missed the entire report. How do you get a headline like that? That’s what you want it to be. You want it to be that and nothing more,” he continued. “And I can assure you, if this had been a Democratic president going through what President Trump had gone through, that would not have been the headline. The headline would be, ‘The FBI takes law into its own hands: Biased agents cut corners, lie to the court, ignore exoneration.’”
Graham’s full opening remarks can be seen below, courtesy of Fox News:
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