Fox News’ pro-Trump propaganda involves a new argument since the Democrats began presenting their case against him in the Senate. The argument is that the Democrats are failing to make their case because they aren’t presenting anything new. As if that were relevant to the question at hand and didn’t ignore one crucial fact.
- As he summarized the hearing for his audience, Fox prime-time host Sean Hannity proclaimed that there was “nothing new today. Not one new piece of information.” On multiple occasions, Hannity berated Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead House manager presenting the impeachment case in the Senate, for “repeating over and over and over and over again incoherently” and complained that he’s “monotonous, repetitive,” and “boring.”
- Later in the same show, Hannity hosted Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), two members of Trump’s impeachment team. Hannity told them that he’s found that “there is nothing new” in the Senate trial. Meadows agreed with Hannity, saying, “We didn’t hear anything new.” He added that Schiff “repeated himself more times than a Geico commercial.”
- Fox contributor Jason Chaffetz bemoaned on the January 23 edition of Fox & Friends that the Senate trial had thus far produced “no new evidence” and “had nothing to do with actually proving the facts.”
- On January 21, Fox prime-time host Laura Ingraham hosted Meadows and Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY). Gaetz told Ingraham that Republicans learned “absolutely nothing” because there has been “no new evidence, no new information.”
- The following night, Ingraham hosted Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) after Wednesday’s trial concluded, and he told her that “it’s boring” and that “they’re not saying anything new.” Scott added that different Democrats just “show up and show the same video and say the same thing.”
There’s one glaring omission here, one crucial fact they are intentionally leaving out: The Republicans voted not to allow the introduction of new evidence. There is a lot of new information that could be brought in, to be found in the testimony of John Bolton, Lev Parnes and many others the Republicans refuse to allow to testify. And who knows what new evidence may be in the vast number of documents the administration have refused to turn over to House investigators. This is an incredibly dishonest argument, which is exactly why it’s not the least bit surprising.