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Boring impeachment hearings? That's what now confronts the media, which was counting on some excitement to spice up the events. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Impeachment: A teachable moment for a clueless media

- The Washington Times

That's a shame. America's TV networks went and shook up their normal schedules to accommodate the House impeachment hearings against President Trump — no doubt expecting blockbuster accounts and breathless moments, which would surely force him out of office.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff talks to the media after an impeachment hearing last week. Voters, meanwhile, say the hearings mean more to the press than to voters. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Voters now leery of media obsession with impeachment

- The Washington Times

The news media has an appetite for the impeachment hearings against President Trump — and it appears that many journalists are not attempting to quell that craving. This trend is not lost on voters, who must bear witness to relentless coverage that is often repetitive and loaded with the anti-Trump narrative of the day or strategic buzzwords like "collusion" and "bribery."

The Ghost Fleet of the Potomac is one of a dozen sites now listed as the nation's "biggest preservation wins" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (Charles County Maryland)

Good news for the Ghost Fleet

- The Washington Times

It is a fascinating, somewhat eerie stretch of water just 40 miles south of the nation's capital. That would be the historic Ghost Fleet of the Potomac, home to 200 wrecks which have stood like sentinels for decades in the shallows, their hulls clearly visible just below the water's surface -- many bristling with the huge, peg-topped rusty nails of another era. Larger corroding hulks still stand above water level. These boats were towed there decades ago; some were sunk, others burned -- ultimately creating a graveyard that covers 14 square miles.

The art of the impeachment deal

- The Washington Times

When President Trump pushes back against the impeachment hearings, millions of his fans are delighted with his rapid response — delivered while he tends the vital business of the White House and his 2020 reelection campaign. However, the Democrats also are ramping up their aggression — now deploying strategic, carefully researched descriptors to convince Americans that wrongdoing has occurred.

Some 56% of Americans disapprove of the job that Congress is doing, according to a new poll from The Economist and YouGov.
Demonstrators kneel near large banners on the lawn adjacent to the U.S. Capitol, while a top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, and career Foreign Service officer George Kent, testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The greatest peril of all: A divided GOP

- The Washington Times

The old phrase "united we stand, divided we fall" now applies to Republicans. We already know that Democrats and Republicans agree on very little, and that's that. The impeachment proceedings, however, are prompting division within the GOP rather than inspiring a united front against an unprecedented challenge.

A new poll reveals that 79% of voters say President Trump will not resign from office due to the impeachment process now underway. (Associated Press)

No way: 79% of voters say Trump will not resign

- The Washington Times

Some partisan analysts pine for President Trump to conveniently resign from office as a result of the impeachment proceedings now underway. After all, the learned folks reason, that is what President Richard M. Nixon did on Aug. 8, 1974, offering a 16-minute resignation speech on live TV from the Oval Office.

Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House impeachment hearings will draw intense scrutiny from a hungry media on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Gavel to gavel frenzy: News media obsessed with Trump impeachment

- The Washington Times

Opening day of the impeachment hearings might as well be a Hollywood premiere, compete with red carpet, questionable fashions and non-stop hysterical commentary. Buckle up. The long-awaited public probe begins Wednesday on Capitol Hill under gavel-to-gavel scrutiny by every imaginable news organization in the broadcast, print or digital realm. Their appetites appear whetted for some climatic moment which will damn the Trump administration once and for all.

Yet another book on the Mueller Report is about to arrive from The Washington Post, this one featuring comic-book style illustrations. (Scribner Books)

Seriously? Mueller report now a graphic novel

- The Washington Times

There's never a dull moment where the endless investigation of President Trump and the 2016 election is concerned. Publishers Weekly reports that mega-publisher Scribner and The Washington Post have teamed up to create a graphic version of the official Mueller report, complete with all the signature illustrations and terse dialogue of that popular genre.

The American people as well as President Trump have high regard for military veterans. Two-thirds of Americans say they look up to veterans. (Associated Press)

Americans look up to veterans, praise their discipline and patriotism

- The Washington Times

The nation still reveres its military veterans, and in no under certain terms. Two-thirds of Americans say they look up to those who have served - and an equal number say that veterans themselves are more disciplined and patriotic than the rest of us. So says a comprehensive Pew Research Center that delves into the particulars.

Conan, the combat canine, began training as a pup with the 341st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. (Defense Department) ** FILE **

Hero dog Conan: The combat athlete

- The Washington Times

What a heritage, what a pedigree. Conan, the Belgian Malinois who recently cornered ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emerged as a combat canine from the 341st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, which has prepared the pups for such a mission since the 1960s.

Happy fans greet President Trump at a recent campaign rally. One analyst has said that Mr. Trump's fans won't be swayed by anything. (Associated Press)

Unwavering: Nothing sways Trump voters

- The Washington Times

A surprise demographic emerged in the 2016 election, and that was the 65 million people who marched to the polls and voted for President Trump, to the surprise of many flabbergasted analysts and pollsters. Like flyover country, this demographic had been overlooked and underestimated at the time. But more importantly, they have not gone way, and neither has their enthusiasm.

President Trump has high approval ratings among military veterans. Among Republican veterans, that approval rating is 92%. (Associated Press)

Big voting bloc: Military vets view Trump as the master commander

- The Washington Times

Military veterans have consistently positive sentiments about President Trump — a dynamic factor that could come into play in the 2020 election. Indeed, military vets make up 13% of the entire voting population according to a recent New York Times analysis which, uh, focused on the Democratic Party's failure to connect with this demographic. The vets feel pretty good about Mr. Trump.

Anonymous sources are dominating broadcast coverage of the impeachment inquiry, according to a conservative press watchdog. (Associated Press)

In age of impeachment, anonymous sources become broadcast stars

- The Washington Times

So are you weary of impeachment mysteries yet — all that breathless reporting from wide-eyed correspondents quoting anonymous sources who are "familiar" with the situation at hand. The unknown authorities are now a fixture of broadcast news coverage as the impeachment inquiry against President Trump picks up speed and races towards the desirable conclusions of certain lawmakers and government officials.

One former university president says cultural forces have "created a monster" of political correctness on the nation's campuses. (Associated Press)

Getting woke to 'ideological fascism'

- The Washington Times

Alas, our politically correct college campuses have become a welter of safe spaces, quick offense, liberal talking points and vulnerable young people enamored by socialism and communism. Some say the ivy-covered halls are a dangerous place indeed.

Fox News continues to dominate ratings across the entire cable realm; a new poll finds that 77% of the network's viewers are conservative. (Associated Press photographs)

It's about trust: 77% of Fox News fans are conservative

- The Washington Times

Along with probing public opinion on impeachment, a new Suffolk University/USA Today poll explored some intriguing findings about the nation's TV watchers, and their political leanings. One of those dimensions was the ideology of the respondents according to which cable news or broadcast network they "trust most."

President Trump faces the press and the public as he speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Sunday. (Associated Press)

In the defeat of ISIS, Trump wins while the media whines

- The Washington Times

President Trump's sweeping, historic announcement Sunday morning of the demise of ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dramatic, informative and full of context and helpful information. Mr. Trump's demeanor on camera was unflappable and compelling. In all, the White House scored a very tidy 10 here, if we're using say, Olympic-style scoring.

The media is ramping up the urgency of impeachment news coverage. The "inquiry" is progressing at a rapid pace, says one analysis. (Associated Press)

Strategic or fake? News media ramps up impeachment urgency

- The Washington Times

The news media is methodically ramping up the urgency of the mysterious impeachment "inquiry," which is beginning to resemble either film noir or a 1950s sci-fi movie where the monsters don't show up until the end. CNN is offering urgent live updates and an official "impeachment watch newsletter" for those who need a program of events. The Washington Post, CBS and The New York Times are also among the many news organizations which feel called upon to offer live updates as well.