Fox News faced a creative challenge for its coverage on the first day of public impeachment inquiry hearings by the House Intelligence Committee: How could the network slant its coverage while running a live video feed of the testimonies?
But give credit where it’s due: They’ve found a way.
Fox’s programming has now featured commentary in the text chyrons (comparable to the old VH1 show Pop-Up Video) denigrating key figures in the probe and continuing to advance the debunked narrative of false accusations against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Early on, for example, we learned that committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has “publicly exaggerated” the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Moreover, Fox noted that “Trump has repeatedly implied that Schiff has committed treason.”
And when the witnesses began their statements, Fox News reminded us that Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent “was not on July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky” and “says he had no knowledge of a quid quo pro.”
Fox helpfully explained that William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is a “Never Trumper” whose testimony is “triple hearsay.”
And even though the on-screen text admitted to Trump’s requests to Zelensky …
… it also assured the viewers of Trump's innocence: