'The impeachment process is working': Conservative writer details how the media should handle Trump allies' absurd claims
As new details in the Ukraine scandal continue to unfold and House Democrats move forward with an impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump seldom misses a chance to bash the mainstream media and what he considers “fake news.” But conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, one of Trump’s most persistent critics on the right, stresses in her Monday column that journalists who serve as aggressive watchdogs are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing — and she praises NBC News’ Chuck Todd and ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos for asking tough questions when speaking to Trump sycophants.
When Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio appeared on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, Rubin notes, the Trump loyalist claimed that Trump was merely “joking” when he urged the Chinese government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. But host Stephanopoulos, Rubin writes, was in “no mood” to let Jordan “air nonsense accusations” or pretend that it’s a harmless joke when Trump is “inviting China to meddle in our election.”
Rubin also likes the fact that when Todd interviewed Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin for NBC News, he showed a refreshing “let’s-come-to-our-senses attitude” and had no patience for hearing Johnson robotically “peddling Fox News propaganda.”
The Post columnist also praises CNN’s Jake Tapper for being “unequivocal” in pushing back against the GOP talking point that Trump — by urging foreign leaders to look for political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden — is promoting some type of legitimate investigation. Tapper, Rubin writes, should be applauded for maintaining that there is “no evidence of wrongdoing” in Ukraine by Biden or his son Hunter Biden.
“This is not ‘bias’ or ‘taking sides,’” Rubin says of Todd, Stephanopoulos and Tapper. “It is ending the false equivalence and the unearned respect for a president whose deceitful excuses change on an hour-by-hour basis.”
Rubin concludes her column by stressing that she hopes more journalists will push back against lies and distortion from Trump and his supporters.
“The impeachment process is working as it should,” Rubin asserts. “The House is investigating and assembling more than enough information to sustain articles of impeachment. Now, the media must work as it should — not to provide cover for deluded Republicans, but to hold those in power accountable and to uncover and convey the truth.”