- The impeachment hearings dominated the news cycle this week, as many of the major networks carried the testimonies of diplomats George Kent, Bill Taylor, and Marie Yovanovitch live.
- A person’s understanding of the testimonies however is dependent on which station they watched the proceedings on Wednesday and Friday, as CNN and Fox News carried two different versions of the same event.
- On the conservative-friendly Fox News, Republican talking points were often posted on the screen.
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Millions tuned in on Wednesday and Friday to watch diplomats George Kent, Bill Taylor, and Marie Yovanovitch testify on President Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukrainian leadership.
Their stories were so compelling that the major news networks decided to run the testimonies live, without breaks, for hours.
But that does not mean viewers of CNN were treated to the same experience as those that watched Fox News’ version of the hearings. The conservative-friendly Fox News, which had the most viewers of any network according to Nielson, frequently seemed to use graphics, among other programming decisions, in a manner that was friendly to Trump.
While Fox News hosts like Brett Baier made waves for talking about the seriousness of the allegations from the diplomats, the channel’s opinion hosts derided the events, attacking the witnesses’ character and even their water-drinking habits.
Below are examples of how CNN and Fox produced radically different coverage of the same events.