Fox News tries very, very hard to parrot Republican talking points, but there are a few things that even they can’t make themselves say. Host Neil Cavuto drew the short straw of having to tell his viewers that the House impeachment inquiry hearings—the “breaking news” that viewers were seeing on their screen—turned out to be a Grade-A nothingburger.
“I don’t know what was achieved over these last six-plus hours,” he confessed.
Hat tip to Acyn for the catch:
NEIL CAVUTO: All right. For the better part of six hours, I have been following these hearings, save an hour off to do my Fox Business show earlier today. I don’t know what was achieved over these last six-plus hours. Welcome, everybody, I’m Neil Cavuto. I want to put in perspective here, though, and we are going to legally go through all the details, but James Comer, the Oversight Committee chairman, had said that there would be presented a mountain of evidence against Mr. Biden, he was referring to President Biden, but none of the expert witnesses today presented—yet—any proof for impeachment.
You think that’s bad? He was just getting started.
Now to be clear, this was not about impeachment; this is about launching an impeachment inquiry. But it is worth pointing out that none of the witnesses today were fact witnesses. That means that none were involved in the investigation into the alleged activities in the first place. What’s more, none of the witnesses testified today of direct knowledge of what Republicans have been claiming about Joe Biden.
In other words, that this—the way this was built up, where there’s smoke, there would be fire. Again, I’m not a lawyer and I’m going to be talking to some darn smart ones in a moment, but where there’s smoke today, we just got a lot more smoke.
We also say that the best they could say now, after this six-plus hours of testimony back and forth, is that they’re going to try to get more bank records from Joe Biden and his son, says that they’re needed to determine if a crime was committed. Understood. But none of that was presented today, just that they would need those records to further this investigation today, even though this occurs after months of Republican probes that failed to provide anything resembling concrete evidence.
That’s Fox News’ initial reaction to Rep. James Comer’s absurd and evidence-free “impeachment inquiry,” as delivered by Cavuto after the hearing’s close. Will Cavuto now get calls from network executives excoriating him? Will ex-host Tucker Carlson try to call in a few remaining network favors to get him fired for inappropriate truth-telling?
Honestly, it’s not likely. Sean Hannity and a few of the network’s other most rabidly shameless hosts might give it a go, but there’s no polishing this turd. Republicans still seem to be forgetting that at some point, in this tit-for-tat attempt at impeaching Joe Biden in retaliation for the two impeachments of Donald Trump, you do have to come up with some actual evidence for your frothing claims. Even Fox News might cut these turkeys loose at this rate.
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