It’s all about credibility
After the delightfully brisk and bracing presentation by the President’s legal team at this Saturday’s (01-24-2020) Impeachment, the Series, the white lab coats of Blaska Policy Werkes tuned their b&w Philco to MSNBC for commentary. Brian Williams (who has his own credibility issues) led off by “reporting” that Trump’s suspicion of Ukrainian interference had been debunked. After that, former Democratic senator Claire McCaskill, now employed by the cable “news” outlet, dominated the proceedings by commiserating with her old colleagues.
Who would MSNBC interview? Democrats — one after another, even breaking away as Jim Jordan and House Republicans stepped up to the microphone in the Senate lobby so as to cover the entirety of Adam Schiff and his team, then a lengthy Q&A with Chuck Schumer. Even poor Patty Murray of Washington state.
Simultaneously on Fox News, host Neil Cavuto was interviewing Republicans AND Democrats. Among the latter: Debbie Stabenow, Chris Coons, Bob Casey, and Chuck Schumer. They also broke in and out of the lengthy (what else?) Schiff & Co. press conference. And they asked tough questions of the Republicans they interviewed, such as Rick Scott.
The Florida senator said, perhaps too colorfully, “Adam Schiff got knee capped.”
Whose head on a pike?
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO, is readying subpoenas for both Bidens and Adam Schiff! With those in his pocket, will Democrats insist on witnesses? More here.
Aside from the undeniable fact that Ukraine got the money (the quid) without any “pro”, the President’s team made the excellent point that Ukraine was unaware of any pause in delivery of military aid. Hard to blackmail someone when they don’t know they are being blackmailed.
They also noted that President Trump runs foreign policy, not the hired help. That the FISA abuses (no proper predication for spying on his campaign after all) justify Trump’s suspicions of the Intelligence establishment.
(Consider the enormity of this: Hillary Clinton’s campaign contracted with Fusion GPS who hired Christopher Steele who soaked up Russian disinformation used by James Comey’s FBI as the basis to spy on the Trump presidential election campaign — even lying that whether campaign adviser Carter Page was not keeping the CIA informed about his Russian contacts. In other words, Hillary, the Democrat(ic) party, and our own Federal Bureau of Investigation disseminated Russian misinformation to undermine a presidential election.)
The President’s legal team noted that Zelensky said he could meet in Poland, which Trump scheduled until a devastating hurricane intervened. The vice president went instead. They went after credibility: Schiff’s lie that he or his office did not walk the so-called whistle blower through the complaint process. And Schiff’s furthering of the Russian collusion hoax, which took a $32 million investigation to shoot down.
We do not want to hear any more nonsense about “Faux News.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: This impeachment is an object lesson in the importance of cross examination and fair play. Would only that our news media do the same.