Meanwhile, in Fox News reality

A little late, but…

Anyway, this was a big feature story on on Friday after Yovanovitch’s damning testimony, “Chris Stewart takedown of Yovanovitch shows Democrats have ‘no case,’ GOP says”

Oh, my, so how did Stewart show no case?

During Friday’s public hearings, Yovanovitvh told Stewart, a Utah Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, that she could supply the panel with no information regarding criminal activity or bribes that President Trump may have been involved with.

Stewart: “I would now feel compelled to ask you, Madam Ambassador, as you sit here before us, very simply and directly, do you have any information regarding the president of the United States accepting any bribes?”

Yovanovitch: “No.”

Stewart: “Do you have any information regarding any criminal activity that the president of the United States has been involved with at all?”

Yovanovitch: “No.”

Stewart thanked Yovanovitch before predicting that public support for impeachment would decrease after the hearings.

“The American people know this is nonsense,” Stewart said. “The American people know this is unfair.”

“The American people know this is nonsense. The American people know this is unfair.”

— U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, House Intelligence Committee
Both the White House and some top Republicans reacted to the exchange, saying it proved their argument that the impeachment inquiry was without merit.

“In 30 seconds,” a White House message on Twitter read, “@RepChrisStewart got the answers that House democrats have spent 7 hours trying to avoid.

OMG– this is just so preposterous.  And presumably, most all the Fox rubes will fall for us.  Democrats never tried to claim, of course, that Yovanovitvh was witness to these specific acts.  But, rather, that her improper firing enabled them.

Here’s the example I came up with.  Prosecutors question the getaway driver for a bank robbery who tells about his role in the crime.  Defense attorney “but you didn’t see them point a gun at the teller?  Or take the money?  See, this just shows there was no bank robbery.”

Of course, if you approach all this in ignorance or a sub-90 IQ, it really sounds good.  But it reality, it has as much meaning as Nunes reading a transcript of a different phone call between Trump and Zelensky.

But, in Fox News world, that’s your lead story this past Friday.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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