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The liberal broadcast networks seemed in good spirits Thursday evening following the final day of televised impeachment hearings. Their jubilation came from a moment during the testimony of former White House Ukraine adviser Dr. Fiona Hill supposedly “blasting Republicans for spreading a conspiracy theory about Ukraine interfering in the 2016 election,” as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt suggested.
But what they touted as a rebuke for Republicans wasn’t true. In reality, it was a story that was broke by Politico (far from a right-wing news organization) not long before President Trump’s inauguration, on January 11, 2017.
In addition to hyping the “signs” that “Democrats may be about to move from inquiry to the actual impeachment,” Holt touted Hill, “who immediately challenged committee members to not buy into politically driven falsehoods…”
The video portion of the NBC report was handled by White House correspondent Peter Alexander, who began by boasting about Hill “putting House Republicans on defense, blasting their unfounded theories of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.”