How Media Differs in Coverage of Trump Impeachment Trial
On MSNBC, whose prime-time hosts are always critical of Mr. Trump, presenter Chris Hayes on Wednesday praised the prosecution’s use of “really stunning video”. He said it “masterfully” “linked Trump’s words and actions to the violence shattering the seat of American democracy.”
When the property managers presented their case Thursday afternoon, David Schoen, one of Mr. Trump’s attorneys, appeared on Fox News’ America Reports With John Roberts & Sandra Smith. He criticized the presentation as an “entertainment package” and described it as “offensive”.
Chris Wallace, the Fox News Sunday anchor, said on Wednesday as a guest on Martha MacCallum’s Fox News show that the property managers were doing “a very effective job”. The next day on Ms. MacCallum’s show, Hogan Gidley, a former White House deputy press secretary, urged Democrats’ efforts to equate a refusal to condemn Mr. Trump with support for the Jan. 6 rioters – “a filthy political one Trick and dangerous for the future of our country. “
Multiple guests on Fox News blew up the Democrats’ efforts to win a conviction. “Most Republicans found the property managers’ presentation offensive and absurd,” South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Mr. Hannity’s show on Wednesday.
In his monologue Thursday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said he couldn’t understand why Democrats were “so angry” after President Biden won the election. “They are crazy, flowery, irrational, scream and threaten,” he said. “It’s bizarre.”
Across the cable separation, there was a point of agreement: the hosts take on the defense lawyers. Mr Hannity described the legal team’s performance on Tuesday as “a little meandering” before his Fox News colleague Laura Ingraham described it as “terrible”.
On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Ms. Maddow said an attorney for Mr. Trump’s Bruce L. Castor Jr. had delivered an “Art Bart Simpson meets Foghorn Leghorn routine”. On Thursday, she apologized for pointing out cartoon characters, saying it was “inappropriate” only to reiterate that his Senate performance was “disastrous”.
A guest at Newsmax, Brian Darling, a former attorney for Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, presented a testimony of the opening address of both sides. The property managers received a C-Plus. The Trump team received a D.