When BuzzFeed released it’s now discredited story about Trump and Michael Cohen this week, the media was absolutely giddy. They thought they had finally gotten the proof they needed to take down Trump. As a result, they went a little impeachment crazy on the air.
The Daily Caller reports:
CNN AND MSNBC REPEATEDLY FLOATED IMPEACHMENT OVER DISPUTED BUZZFEED REPORT
CNN and MSNBC collectively used the word “impeach” nearly 200 times on Friday before the Special Counsel’s office disputed a bombshell report by BuzzFeed News.
According to a Daily Caller review of TV clipping service Grabien, personalities on CNN and MSNBC used the words “Impeach,” “Impeachment,” or “Impeachable,” 179 times.
The review included only original Friday programming and ran up until each network learned that BuzzFeed’s report was in dispute — shortly before 8 pm.
CNN mentioned impeachment 82 times while MSNBC mentioned it a whopping 97 times.
While some anchors and pundits hedged that the BuzzFeed story could only lead to impeachment proceedings “if true,” others repeated the story more uncritically and suggested that the president would be forced to resign and might even face obstruction of justice charges.
MSNBC’s Katy Tur, for example, stated at the top of her show that “Donald Trump is facing the most damming report to date for his presidency. A story that could lead to his impeachment.”
Take a look:
Don't forget, the media was already calling for Trump's impeachment following the (now disputed) BuzzFeed report. (Montage below.) pic.twitter.com/c1HF0FbHXA
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 19, 2019
Watch them make this exact same mistake a few days, weeks or months from now. They never learn.