Fox News takes heat for continually breaking away from key Trump defense arguments to do things like talk to Dem Barbara Boxer

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Granted, the public’s interest in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is lacking, to say the least, this being a likely indication that the issue is seen as more partisan gamesmanship from the Democratic Party.

At the same time, when there’s no actual crime being involved the proceedings tend to get a bit dry.

Fox News cut away from the live feed of the proceedings several times on Monday in favor of panel discussions or interviews, including during The Five and The Story with Martha McCallum, to speak with insiders such as former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA). While footage of the impeachment trial would play in the background, the audio was muted to allow for the hosts and their guests to speak, which didn’t sit well with those who were anticipating the impactful statement of Alan Dershowitz.

Viewers on the right may expect CNN and MSNBC to focus less on the efforts of the president’s defense team answering allegations leveled by Democrats, but to see Fox News run an interview with someone like Boxer over live coverage proved to be a little too much.

Not helping matters, CNN and MSNBC stayed with the live feed from the floor of the U.S. Senate.

Joel Pollak, the senior-editor-at-large for Breitbart News, complained on social media that he was forced to watch MSNBC.

“I’m watching the #ImpeachmentTrial on @MSNBC because @FoxNews, for some reason, has former liberal Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer on to discuss her views instead of hearing @realDonaldTrump’s own lawyer defend the votes of 63 million Americans,” he tweeted.

When President Trump reminded his 71.7 million followers the “Senate hearing on the Impeachment Hoax starts today at 1:00 P.M.,” one social media user responded to inform the president that he couldn’t watch it on Fox News.

“But you can’t hear it on @FoxNews Mr. President. They chose to interview Barbara Boxer instead of allowing us to hear Robert Ray defend you! Sad move on their part. Several had to watch on C-Span and believe it or not @MSNBC,” the tweet read.

The complaints were not isolated, as social media users took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the network:

https://twitter.com/spiriof176/status/1222134528837398528?s=20

Even liberals commented on the coverage, suggesting the decision to break away was proof that things weren’t going well for Trump.

To be fair, Fox News did not offer much live coverage last week as Democrats made their case, according to the left-wing Media Matters.

The analysis of “22 seconds” did come during the airing of the network’s shows in the evening that feature opinion hosts.

As for ratings, Ad Week reported that Fox News drew it’s largest impeachment trial audience on Saturday, the first day Trump’s legal team began mounting its defense — needless to say, the network blew away the competition.

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