Susan Hennessey, “Lawfare Executive Editor, Brookings Senior Fellow, CNN National Security and Legal Analyst, Former IC attorney”, yesterday:
As a general matter there is too much focus on optics and too little on substance. But to the extent the Democrats needed to make the case to the public in this hearing, today was an extremely strong showing. And the Republicans offer zero substantive defense of Trump.
Analysis: The first two witnesses called Wednesday testified to President Trump’s scheme, but lacked the pizzazz necessary to capture public attention.
I AM AN AMERICAN! I LIKE PIZZAZZ! IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS SHOULD HAVE SWORD FIGHTS, TALKING ANIMALS, NINJA STRIPPERS, AND A POST CREDITS SCENE THAT FORESHADOWS THE PLOT OF THE NEXT HEARING!
Margaret Sullivan, at the Washington Post — “Media Beware: Impeachment Hearings Will Be the Trickiest Test of Covering Trump”:
The national media’s shortcomings have been all too obvious in recent years as Donald Trump has gleefully thrown the norms of traditional journalism into a tizzy…
Don’t let stunts hijack the coverage. If we know anything about Trump’s reaction when things get tough, it’s that he and his allies will haul out some attention-grabbing performance art and its distractions…
Beware mealy-mouthed and misleading language. Punditry will be running even more amok than usual once the hearings begin. And we’ll be hearing a lot about what a divided nation we have and how ugly politics has become. We’ll be hearing the term “quid pro quo” endlessly.
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