- The Washington Times - Friday, October 25, 2019

Rep. Lance Gooden drew the ire of CNN anchor Poppy Harlow this week for mentioning “fake news” on the network.

The Texas Republican blasted the media for shrugging its collective shoulders over the Democrats’ secretive impeachment inquiry when he was ordered to watch his language on CNN’s air.

“Democrats have the right to hold this inquiry the way they are doing it now,” Ms. Harlow said Friday. “They do. That’s just a fact.”

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“I’m not saying it’s illegal what they’re doing, but the American people are outraged,” he said through cross-talk. “They are outraged by this process. And the fact that the fake news media is not outraged … is pretty telling.”

“Please don’t insult the media on this network or on this show, on our show,” the anchor replied.

Ms. Harlow then chided the Republican for a Sept. 26 Twitter post, which read, “The democrats want to impeach a president trying to expose a crime, then elect a person who committed a crime.”

“You say it’s just a Twitter post, but it’s your words and your words matter a lot,” Ms. Harlow said.

“I didn’t say it’s just a Twitter post. I said you’re [comparing] a Twitter post to an impeachment inquiry,” the congressman replied.

“I apologize,” the anchor said. “I shouldn’t have added the word ‘just.’”

The crux of Mr. Gooden’s argument throughout the segment was that Democrats appear desperate to impeach the president with no evidence.

“[They’ve said if] Nancy Pelosi had waited just a few more days, we probably wouldn’t have gone down this path,” the GOP congressman said. “When I talk to my colleagues across the aisle, they have no idea how this thing ends. They have no plan. They just know that as soon as they actually cave and have to vote on something, then they’re in a position they don’t want to be in because they’re having to take a stand on the record, which is what Republicans have a problem with.”

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