The Republican National Committee (RNC) and President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by AdvaMed – House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn’s UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE‘s reelection campaign slammed CNN for its coverage of a hearing featuring Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s testimony on the origins of the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s campaign.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielTrump campaign: Democrats pursuing impeachment because they don’t have ‘viable’ 2020 candidate Trump campaign tells Democrats to ‘just get on with’ impeachment vote Trump campaign says it won’t grant press credentials to Bloomberg reporters MORE tweeted out a time-lapse shot of multiple TVs showing CNN, Fox News and MSNBC’s coverage of the hearing, which included a fiery opening statement by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamInspector general testifies on FBI failures: Five takeaways Horowitz offers troubling picture of FBI’s Trump campaign probe Conservatives rip FBI over IG report: ‘scathing indictment’ MORE (R-S.C.) defending President Trump.
Fox News and MSNBC covered the entirety of Graham’s statement without commercials, while CNN did not.
The same time-lapse tweet from McDaniel also showed that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Gerald Nadler’s (D-N.Y.) opening statement during his committee’s first impeachment hearing was covered by all three major cable news networks, prompting calls of bias from the RNC chairwoman.
“Media bias is not only how something is covered – it’s what they don’t cover. And this is what bias at @CNN looks like,” wrote McDaniel to her more than 430,000 followers.
Trump, one of McDaniel’s followers, used the opportunity to renew his attack on the U.S. news media as fake and “totally corrupt.”
Trump has gone after CNN more than any other broadcast news outlet, primarily on Twitter and at rallies, often referring to the 39-year-old network as “fake news CNN.” The president has not appeared on the network since his time as a candidate when he conducted an interview with anchor Anderson Cooper in Aug. 2016.
The Horowitz hearing on Wednesday came two days after his report found the FBI’s decision to open a probe into Trump campaign associates was not motivated by political bias. It also found, however, “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the FBI’s application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.