Come and see the show
by Tom Sullivan
U.S. Congressmen Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0.
Former PBS host Bill Moyers tells CNN he fears for the United States, "for the first time, because a society, a democracy, can die of too many lies. And we're getting close to that terminal moment, unless we reverse the obsession with lies that are being fed around the country." Moyers and colleague Michael Winship bought a full page ad in the New York Times urging PBS to rebroadcast the impeachment hearings in prime time. Hearings begin Wednesday. PBS rebuffed their request:
"If you want to get the whole story of Trumpgate, you need to watch the whole hearing," he said, noting that many Americans will be at work and at school during the testimony, unable to watch in real time.Oh, I think we do if the GOP has anything to say about it. Republicans have added Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to the House Intelligence Committee where hearings begin. They plan to tailor their performances to an audience of one. The acting president will be watching (Politico):
"This is a moment in American history where the arc of justice will either be bent forward or it will be bent backward," he said. "So everyone who wants to see it should have the chance to see the whole story."
Moyers also noted that "you never know what's going to happen in the hearings."
“Leader [Kevin] McCarthy, ranking member [Devin] Nunes and Jim Jordan are taking preparation efforts to heightened levels with a work-around-the-clock mentality,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), one of Trump’s closest allies on Capitol Hill, told POLITICO.(Fair warning: Put down your coffee now.)
“Jim Jordan has been on the front lines in the fight for fairness and truth,” McCarthy said in a statement. “His addition will ensure more accountability and transparency in this sham process.”(Was I right about the coffee?)
“You want your best contributors for ‘showtime.’ Driving public opinion is key to many — on both sides of the aisle,” one GOP lawmaker said. “Jordan is definitely a showman.”Welcome back, my friends