It was a clash in a Capitol Hill hallway that spoke volumes.
When Republican Rep. Mark Meadow was fielding questions Wednesday during a break in the first day of public hearings in the impeachment effort against President Donald Trump, he tackled the issue of media bias head on with CBS News reporter Nancy Cordes.
In framing a question, Cordes said the argument Meadows and his Republican colleagues are making to defend the president would mean “every single witness who has testified, more than a dozen of them, would have to be either lying or mistaken.”
Meadows wasn’t buying it.
And he not only challenged the premise of Cordes’ question, he made her look like a liar in the process.
“Your characterization is so inherently wrong and biased,” Meadows said. “Let me ask you this, for the American people, how many hours have you been sitting in the depositions? How many hours?”
Cordes responded that “I’ve read all the depositions.”
And Meadows pounced.
“You have not read all the transcripts,” he said. “I beg to differ, because they haven’t all been released, so there’s no way that you’ve read them all. But I can tell you, your premise is not right.”
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Meadows’ point was unmistakable.
Until Wednesday, Democrats were conducting their “impeachment inquiry” behind closed doors, and the American people — including the media — were not getting the full picture of how testimony was progressing.
But that hasn’t stopped mainstream reporters from running with the story — and pushing the Democratic narrative in the process.
Essentially, as the Meadows confrontation showed, the media reports have become an extension of the kind of hearsay “evidence” that has been this hallmark of the impeachment inquiry so far.
And social media users were paying attention.
Representative Meadows does not miss a beat!!!
— patricia turner (@pticebaby) November 13, 2019
Lol, you called her a reporter. She’s an employee who works at a company called CBS and her role is to further a specific narrative.
— Jack Bilello (@jcbile) November 13, 2019
Outstanding job confronting deceptive, biased “reporter” @RepMarkMeadows !
— Randy Jackson (@Aim_High63) November 13, 2019
Republicans need to do more of this! The media is the PR arm of the Democratic Party, spewing all their talking points! Embarrass them by pointing this out!
— TexasRed? (@alycialeah) November 13, 2019
That last one nails it.
In the impeachment fight raging on Capitol Hill, it’s not just Republicans against dishonest Democrats like House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff.
Possibly the even bigger opponent is the dishonest media that’s salivating at the idea of bringing down the Trump presidency.
Calling biased reporters out for their misinformation is the best weapon Republicans have — and Mark Meadows just proved how effective it can be.
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