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:
@abcnews wants to make sure Democrats are portrayed in best possible light. If it was McConnell, they would have a 15 minute segment laughing at him followed by a serious discussion of his declining mental state.
— Mailman 📬🇺🇸 (@_Mailman_) January 24, 2021
That’s not what he said @ABC and you know it. Thanks for pointing out the major problem with the msm…not outright bias in what you say, but in what you choose to omit/cover.
Trump cured impotence. Schumer said it.
— Sir Rosus of Liver – Quarantine certified (@SirRosusOfLiver) January 24, 2021
This is Soviet type shit….
— EMM (@emmemm77) January 24, 2021
Ministry of Truth at it again. Orwell called it decades ago.
— Brian (@PharmDee2015) January 24, 2021
So, they are “fake” news, then?,
— Belinda (@Belinda85659086) January 24, 2021
Change the facts, change history…
Schumer corrected his flub on his own, no help needed
— marjie Rose (@marjieros) January 24, 2021
Does @ABC not understand this gives one more reason for people to not trust the media? If you edit mistakes, to make a politician look good then what is next? @wapo erased comments to help Harris. Is all journalistic integrity gone because you believe the ends justify the means?
— Lucy Gibbs (@LGHavingFaith) January 24, 2021
If Trump had made that mistake, it would be aired every 5 mins on every channel and then the House would add another article of impeachment.
— Idgirl (@Idgirl27d) January 25, 2021
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.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 24, 2021
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