by Eric Tucker and Mary Clare Jaionick of the Associated Press
The above is the subtitle to the “journalists” article on the upcoming impeachment hearing and vote in the U.S. Senate. So imagine my surprise when I went on to read:
“Only five Republican senators voted against a motion that was aimed at dismissing the trial.”
I guess that means 45 Republican senators voted for the motion to dismiss?
So why would the “journalists”, or who ever came up with the subheading, choose “not all GOP on board to convict”. Wouldn’t it have been much more accurate to say “few GOP on board to convict” or “most GOP not on board to convict”?
Does it really matter what the headings and subheadings say? Probably not if you read the entire story. But that’s not always the case. Many times people just reading the headings to get the gist of the storyline before deciding whether or not to read the full story. Other times what people remember most about an article is the heading.
So maybe the “journalists” who wrote this article wanted readers to leave with the impression that most, but not all Republicans support impeachment?
But that’s not what the story says. In response to the question “Will Trump be convicted?” when they state “It’s unlikely.” and go on to state “Only five Republican Senators voted against a motion that was aimed at dismissing the trial. It was nowhere near the 17 Republicans needed for a conviction.”
But even then they could have worded that section as “Forty five Republican Senators voted for a motion that was aimed at dismissing the trial.”
The two wordings mean the exact same thing, but leave much different impressions. to have nearly 50% of the senators vote against the trial shows less support for the impeachment trial than saying that just over 50% of senators supported the trial going forward.
Wording often signals which side of the issue “journalists” lean towards. In this article it also is clear from the “five key questions” the “journalists” layout for us. And of course the use of the “insurrectionists” to describe the unruly and riotous mob is also a clue.
- “Will Trump be convicted?”
- “How do Trump’s attorneys mount a defense without angering the senate?”
- “How do the House Impeachment managers get through to skeptical Republicans?”
- “Will we hear from Trump?”
And the last is the biggest giveaway of all:
- “What happens if Trump is acquitted?”
Why should anything else happen if Trump is acquitted? Shouldn’t that be the end of it all?
Not if you are a Democrat. Because this impeachment isn’t about a supposed “insurrection” at all. That’s why House Democrats rushed through the impeachment vote without the normal components of the process proceeding the vote like:
- Investigation to determine what actually happened that day.
- Hearing with witnesses during an actual trial.
What this impeachment is actually about is removing a powerful opponent from a potential run in the 2024 presidential election campaign.