I want to note that the 12-18-19 Boston Globe article on impeachment switched from describing Trump’s actions to allegedly affect the 2020 vote against his “rivals” (plural) was switched in today’s article to be accurate. The underlying article was written by the Washington Post, so perhaps the Globe just needs to screen their news sources more carefully.
It says, “For months, the public has been sharply divided over whether Trump should be impeached for his request that Ukraine investigate former vice president Joe Biden, a political rival, at a time when the president was withholding promised US military aid from the country.”
The media has been constantly saying that Trump was targeting his “political rivals” in order to affect the 2020 election, when an alternate theory is that Trump wanted Biden investigated for reasons related to 2016 or Ukrainian corruption.
It is great that the Boston Globe finally characterized the July 25th call correctly.
From a media bias point of view, the underlying article was fine and is so graded.
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