- The Washington Times - Friday, April 19, 2019

Some liberal analysts can’t let go of “impeachment” as an endless but unjustified narrative about President Trump.

“Although the Mueller report did not recommend any charges against the president, liberal journalists on cable and broadcast networks spent Thursday suggesting to audiences that impeachment was imminent, if not inevitable,” wrote Bill D’Agostino, an analyst for Newsbusters.org, a conservative press watchdog.

“Throughout Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, liberal talking heads on cable and broadcast news networks mentioned impeachment an astonishing 309 times during their coverage the of the newly-released Mueller report,” he said in the study.

Mr. D’Agostino and his team monitored 18 hours of coverage on CNN and MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS. They took note of the “impeachment” usage by network analysts, hosts and contributors only, but not politicians or outside commentators.

Two networks were more active than others.



The vast majority of occurrences — 286 impeachment mentions — came from CNN, which used the word 148 times, and MSNBC, close behind with 138 mentions.

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer and MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, the analysis found, each used the word 34 times in the space of two hours. The study found that “road map to impeachment” was also a favorite phrase.

“For their part, congressional Democrats did not appear keen on discussing impeachment,” Mr. D’Agostino said. “Yet journalists were not discouraged by the Democrats’ reticence to discuss removing the President from office. Given the media’s obsession with impeachment — even after Mueller found no collusion and declined to prosecute on obstruction — one has to wonder whether they’re even reading the same report as the rest of us.”

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