Impeachment is inherently a political process, and as such, has historically been characterized by an ugly and unbecoming divisiveness.
Despite the warnings from our distant and not-so-dtistnat past, we modern Americans have not yet extracted ourselves from the clutches of a similar fate here in 2019, as our national attitude nosedives far below the sort of standards we should be keeping.
Today, this morass of morale boiled over on Capitol Hill when a US Congresswoman shamed a reporter from The Hill for their alleged conservative bias.
Angered by the testimony of ousted ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, California Rep. Jackie Speier upbraided a reporter for The Hill and ripped the outlet’s publication of columns by John Solomon, the conservative journalist whose work is at the center of what Yovanovitch described as a “smear campaign” against her.
“I just find it reprehensible that any newspaper would just be willing to put that kind of crap out that is not — has no veracity whatsoever, and not check to see if it had any veracity,” said Speier, a Democrat serving in her seventh term in the House, according to audio of the exchange reviewed by POLITICO. “And then it becomes a talking point. And he becomes a nonpartisan commentator. It’s corrupt. It’s just corrupt.”
“I’m not speaking to The Hill anymore. Sorry,” Speier said, adding that it was because of the publication of Solomon’s work. Wong reminded her Solomon’s writing was on the opinion side of The Hill. (It was moved last year following complaints from some in the newsroom.)
Speier suggested it didn’t matter whether Solomon was identified as an opinion columnist or not because his interview earlier this year with Yuriy Lutsenko, who was then Ukraine’s top prosecutor, resembled a news story.
Where, oh where, has our civility gone in this day and age?