Let's take a moment to forget about the coronavirus. It's literally the only thing that we've been seeing in the news lately.
Instead, let's revisit the impeachment mess from earlier this year.
While all of the hearings were going on, Fox News reported a bit of fake news themselves and the left ended up having a premature celebration over it.
It all started when House Intelligence Committee Chairmen Adam Schiff and his crew the hearing to go hold a news conference.
Rep. Devin Nunes: "For those of you watching at home, that was not a bathroom break. That was actually a chance for the Democrats to go out and hold a press conference." #sondlandtestimony pic.twitter.com/Czf9TIP8Ol
— The Hill (@thehill) November 20, 2019
Schiff thought that they had a bombshell and wanting to hold an immediate news conference to push the story that Ambassador Sondland’s testimony beyond a shadow of a doubt proves that there was a quid pro quo.
Of course, we know that there was no quid pro quo.
.@Jim_Jordan makes the critical point: Ukraine got a phone call, a meeting, and security assistance without promising anything in return.
No quid pro quo.
No case for the Democrats' impeachment fantasies. pic.twitter.com/3eu1WzmANq
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) November 20, 2019
.@RepAdamSchiff tries to define a White House meeting as an "official act" so he can meet the elements of "bribery." It's ridiculous. If that's bribery, indict every Democrat and Republican donor who maxed out to get invited to the White House Christmas party. #ImpeachmentInquiry
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) November 20, 2019
But the incident with Fox News occurred when Ken Starr made an appearance on Fox News to discuss Sondland's testimony.
Reporter Jennifer Griffin reported, “Ken Starr, lead prosecutor in Clinton impeachment hearings: 'There is now proof that the President (Trump) committed the crime of bribery…This has been one of those bombshell days.'”
I'm sure you can imagine that the liberal media had a field day touting that story...the only thing is it wasn't true.
This is what Starr actually said:
This description of what was said is wrong
Starr was talking about Chairman Adam Schiff’s words
Starr: “Substantively, what we heard from the Chairman just now is ‘it’s over,’ I mean this is his position, ‘we now know that the president in fact committed the crime of bribery’” https://t.co/aR5Al1EDx7 pic.twitter.com/0BLKNwiGcQ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 20, 2019
Griffin ended up deleting the tweet and clarified what was actually said, but the damage was already done.
Clarification: Starr was quoting Schiff in the first part of what he said below, but added that he would assume new articles of impeachment would now be drawn up, describing today’s testimony as “bombshell.” https://t.co/9bMeBAvZqV
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) November 20, 2019
This is the modern media in a microcosm. There is no premium placed upon being correct. The currency of the realm is quick and outrageous. In fact, Griffin’s tweet leaves one wondering just how such an error was even made, what the editorial controls are on reporters tweeting news as part of their work, and the extent to which anyone even cares so long as the tweet can achieve “viral” or “trending” status.
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