NBC Spikes, ABC/CBS Downplay Ukraine Pres Saying No Quid Pro Quo

NewsBusters | 12/2/2019 | Staff
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In a recent interview with TIME magazine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he never approached conversations with President Trump “from the position of a quid pro quo.” It was a declaration that poked a major hole in the left’s impeachment narrative, but the liberal broadcast networks would have none of it during their Monday evening newscasts. Two of them downplayed the comments and one just flat out refused to report them.

“Trump's strategy all along: deny he's done anything wrong and trash the process. Today, he argued the president of Ukraine backs him up,” scoffed ABC senior national correspondent Terry Moran on World News Tonight.

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Moran interrupted a soundbite of Trump explaining what Zelensky said to contradict the President:

But the Ukrainian President never said Trump did nothing wrong and he criticized the decision to withhold military aid. "I never talked to the President from the position of a quid pro quo," he told TIME. "But you have to understand, we're at war. If you're our strategic partner, then you can't go blocking anything for us."

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Of course, that was followed up with anchor David Muir hyping up the new impeachment hearing set to take place later in the week. “And Terry, we know members of the House Intelligence Committee are now getting a chance to read that report tonight before they vote tomorrow. Then, of course, the report goes to the Judiciary Committee for their first public hearings on Wednesday,” he touted.

There was a similar song and dance on CBS Evening News with chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes. After another soundbite of Trump telling people to check out what Zelensky said, Cordes downplayed the quid pro quo balloon being popped:

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In a new interview, President Zelensky does tell TIME magazine that he never discussed a quid pro quo with President Trump. But, he also...
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