By Curtis Houck
Tuesday’s CBS This Morning [CTM] featured political correspondent Ed O’Keefe’s latest installment of his “3 Meals in…” series which took him to southern California for meals with a wide spectrum of voters in Bakersfield, Bell, and Newport Beach.
At the end of an enjoyable and informative segment, O’Keefe conceded to the surprise of the CTM crew that impeachment only comes up “unless you ask,” leading co-host Anthony Mason to suggest that, for Democrats, impeachment is “not a winning issue, it doesn’t look like.”
O’Keefe appeared back live in studio after his piece (which ended in Bakersfield and dinner with Republican voters) and stated that he did ask “about the impeachment saga and almost to a person, Republicans, independents, and Democrats told us they’re not sure where it’s headed, but were more interested in other issues that impact their everyday lives.”
So they’re telling us that the topic the liberal media (especially the cable networks) are most obsessed with doesn’t jell with what voters want? Neato!
“Those folks in Bakersfield there at dinner even said they think this process is merely exposing the hypocrisy on both sides. Democrats did this — or Republicans did it to a Democrat years ago, now it’s Democrats doing it to a Republican President,” O’Keefe added.
When O’Keefe stated that impeachment “doesn’t come up in conversation unless you ask,” co-host Anthony Mason blurted out, “that’s very interesting,” while co-host Tony Dokoupil agreed that the 2020 candidates “don’t bring it up often with voters.”
O’Keefe replied that’s true since “voters don’t bring it up” and instead “want to hear about health care, education” and “what are you going to do for me” versus merely fighting the President.
Mason then dropped the punchline:
MASON: Yeah, so it’s not a it’s not a winning issue, it doesn’t look like.
O’KEEFE: No. It’s not.
Fill-in co-host Jericka Duncan closed by wondering what O’Keefe has been “surprised by anything that you heard” between his travels on the campaign trail and at debates.
O’Keefe cited how little some know about their local elected official or individual member of Congress, how “Republicans admit climate change is an issue,” and — once again — “that impeachment wasn’t coming up.”
So going forward, perhaps the liberal media (and especially CNN) could be more like the CBS crew was in being cognizant of what voters actually care about.
And on the Tuesday morning newscasts alone, CBS This Morning seemed to listen, seeing as how they only had a news brief about the latest court fight between the President, current and former aides, and congressional Democrats.
In contrast, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today both had multiple segments about this topic while the latter continued the drumbeat for late 2020 entrant and long-shot Michael Bloomberg (D).
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.