The host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC examined how the impeachment hearings were being covered across the country on Friday.
“Expert: Ukraine meddling lie” was the front-page headline in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
The Tampa Bay Times ran with, “Hill: Discord serves Putin.”
In Maine, the Portland Press Herald headline was, “Witness: ‘Fictions’ about Ukraine help Russia.”
“Election-tampering theory called a fiction,” was the headline in the San Antonio Express-News.
Maddow highlighted the Russia angle, a storyline that was developed further on Friday with a bombshell New York Times report.
Breaking News: Russia has been mounting a disinformation campaign for years to frame Ukraine for its 2016 election meddling, U.S. intelligence officials told senators.https://t.co/sa55LAb0kU
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 22, 2019
Maddow noted that a journalist from one of The Times‘ competitors called the story “eye-popping.”
Eye-popping story from NYT. It says, in essence, that Trump and his GOP allies have been caught in a Russian intelligence deception in their 2016 conspiracy allegations about Ukraine. https://t.co/CzIFN3dlhs via @NYTimes
— David Ignatius (@IgnatiusPost) November 22, 2019