Some news reporters apparently are not content with the impeachment hearings. While NBC News received criticism after saying the first public impeachment hearing “lacked the pizzazz necessary,” ABC News reporter Terry Moran said the second public hearing “did not get us any closer” to demonstrating that President Donald Trump committed “an impeachable offense.”
The first public impeachment hearing on Nov. 13 presented Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee.
According to NBC News reporter Jonathan Allen, “the first two witnesses called Wednesday testified to President Trump's scheme, but lacked the pizzazz necessary to capture public attention.”
Twitter was quick to respond to the “pizzazz” comments. People online questioned whether it was an appropriate adjective to use on the headline of an “analysis” on the subject of impeachment of a president of the United States.
“There's time for Democrats to tell a more compelling version of the story” Allen wrote in the article about the lack of “pizzazz.” He added, “Keeping in mind that the attention span of most Americans doesn't match that of most C-SPAN viewers.”
On the other side, ABC News’ Terry Moran said the testimony by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch on Thursday did not provide any evidence of impeachable actions.
“She did not really get us any closer to an action that would demonstrate the guilt of Donald Trump of an impeachable offense,” said Moran.
“She describes a very sad and disturbing situation in the State Department of Foreign Service and her role as the ambassador of the United States to Ukraine, but she doesn't get any closer to an action by president Trump,” said Moran, a longtime liberal.
However, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff was quick to tweet in response to claims by reporters such as Moran, and supported the relevance of the former ambassador of Ukraine’s testimony to the impeachment inquiry.
“My Republican colleagues would have the American public believe that Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch's testimony is not relevant to our impeachment inquiry,” Schiff tweeted. “One person who thought she was relevant? President Trump, who brought her up in his July 25 call with Zelensky.”