ABC News edits out Schumer’s embarrassing erection gaffe

ABC News appears to be covering for U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) with some selective editing that removed a gaffe and rendered his words PG-13.

Speaking from prepared notes on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Trump, Schumer — the new majority leader in the chamber — said that “Make no mistake, there will be a trial and when that trial ends, senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John Trump incited the erection…insurrection against the United States.” Schumer’s immediate facial expression was a tell.


Although last Friday’s flub gained much attention on social media and generated a lot of puns, ABC’s This Week may have decided to minimize the embarrassment for the Democrat. Or maybe the producers concluded it was just too edgy for Sunday morning.

In any event, the network instead aired a clip of Schumer’s remarks that made the blunder go away. Although this may seem relatively minor in the way the media operates, common sense suggests that a Republican lawmaker would not have received a similar benefit of the doubt.

The edited version of Schumer’s utterance appeared in the show’s intro. Watch the clip below.

Fox News reports that the transcript of the speech was also sanitized and: “The video and audio were noticeably chopped up to make Schumer’s words appear seamless.”

Against the backdrop of media bias generally, the ABC edit did not sit well with some Twitter users: Here is a sample:

In another embarrassment for ABC This Week on the same broadcast, host George Stephanopoulos, a former Bill Clinton operative, demanded that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul admit that Election 2020 wasn’t stolen.

Paul handled the hectoring in a very professional manner, pointing out among other things that most courts never addressed the substance of the Trump campaign’s claims — such as unconstitutional changes in election laws that bypassed state legislatures — and instead relied on procedural rules to dispose of the cases. ”

And I won’t be cowed by liberals in the media who say there’s no evidence here and you’re a liar if you talk about election fraud,” Paul asserted.

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