Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway appeared on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning to explain how the media is repeating the same mistakes they made in covering Russian interference in the 2016 election when it comes to their coverage of impeachment and Trump’s call to Ukraine.
“With the media, you had them for years botch this Russia hoax story. … They never admitted their errors, which made it easier for them to repeat those same errors as they are now pushing this Ukraine story,” Hemingway said.
Hemingway emphasized that there is a significant story with Ukraine that should be investigated, one of the same caliber of collusion that the media has insisted for years would mean removal from office.
“You have people who have already admitted that people affiliated with the Ukrainian government worked with the Democratic National Committee’s contractors to help Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign,” she said.
“We still don’t have really good answers about how this was able to be weaponized by the U.S. government. … We have a lot to learn, but unfortunately we have a media that suggest learning anything about this is something we can’t do after spending years pushing this false and dangerous conspiracy theory of Russia collusion.”
Hemingway cited the coverage of Mick Mulvaney’s press conference last week as the latest example of media malpractice, noting how they misinterpreted what he was saying about the complex issue of giving taxpayer money to corrupt countries such as Ukraine.
“I’m not saying he wasn’t confusing, but it requires the media to not be so reflexively hostile and actually try to understand the situation,” she said. “They don’t want to look into the Ukraine story because they got the Russia story wrong. It is embarrassing to the media how much they botched this. It is a level of self-preservation for themselves that makes them completely incapable of handling this story.”