Eyes across the nation are glued to their screens to view the first public hearings in the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor, who testified of a quid pro quo regarding military aid to Ukraine, and State Department Official George Kent, who testified on the corrupt ousting of former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, are testifying publicly before the committee.
Every major channel is covering the hearings, but their coverage varies—particularly on conservative network Fox News.
While MSNBC's coverage featured a graphic describing Taylor's position in the state department as well as his prior closed-door testimony, Fox News described him using White House talking points, such as Trump's description of him as a "Never Trumper," and the White House's assertion that his testimony relied on "triple hearsay."
The network also showed bias against House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA), who is overseeing the testimony.
it should go without saying that fox's graphics for schiff -- yes, they couldn't fit it all on one -- are just absu… https://t.co/CuU8QgWUZs— Danielle Misiak (@Danielle Misiak) 1573661752.0
Schiff starts asking questions and Fox News immediately jumps to commercial https://t.co/t9VVazGLqp— Parker Molloy (@Parker Molloy) 1573662926.0
Fox News does have journalists and analysts who have tried to cover Trump's dealings impartially, but they were nowhere to be found in Fox's impeachment hearing coverage.
Fox News has a longtime senior judicial analyst on staff, Andrew Napolitano. But he favors impeaching Trump, and so… https://t.co/K2VHDEBJ1M— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz) 1573666024.0
And while multiple non-news affiliates of the networks are interrupting their regular entertainment to cover the hearings, Fox isn't.
ABC, NBC & CBS in DC are all airing the impeachment hearings Fox—which is owned by Fox Corp—is airing Wendy Willia… https://t.co/XrKcL1aO31— jordan (@jordan) 1573662001.0
Fox's motto is "Fair and Balanced," but people are calling the network out for being anything but balanced in its coverage.
@DanielleMisiak MSNBC: "Here's facts about Taylor." Fox: "He's no angel!"— The Fish in a Barrel (@The Fish in a Barrel) 1573662812.0
@DanielleMisiak They should be ashamed.— Merritt Kelly (@Merritt Kelly) 1573662012.0
@DanielleMisiak @Kris_Sacrebleu MSNBC is based in reality and Fox is located somewhere out there in Bizarro World. What else is new?— Mr_Scorpio (@Mr_Scorpio) 1573666737.0
@DanielleMisiak Wow. MSNBC is giving his bona fides and Faux is giving WH disinformation.— Nicole H (@Nicole H) 1573662400.0
House Republicans questioning Taylor and Kent are repeating many of the same talking points. It's almost like Fox News is an arm of the Republican Party (or White House for that matter.)
For more information regarding the process of impeachment, you can check out A Citizen's Guide to Impeachment here.