A Mea Culpa over Impeachment Coverage

 The Story:

A prominent political news site, The Hill, featured several related columns on alleged Biden family corruption through the run-up to the President’s impeachment in the House of Representatives last year. The Hill has now apologized for these columns, especially for the way it says it allowed the blurring of the distinction between reporting and commentary/opinion pieces.

An Example:

A fairly typical example of the items at issue ran on September 26, 2019, with the headline “Solomon: These Once-Secret Memos Cast Doubt on Joe Biden’s Ukraine Story.” As the headline indicates, the columns supported the President’s contention that the Biden family had been engaged in corrupt activities in the Ukraine, and that the Presidential activities that formed the basis of the impeachment charges were parts of an appropriate anti-corruption effort.

The President’s lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, has acknowledged being one of that columnist’s sources. “I really turned my stuff over to John Solomon,” as he put it.

The Thing to Know: 

The apologetic statement from The Hill ran on February 19, and it critiqued those columns on several grounds, in terms of sourcing and substance as well as the reporting/opinion distinction. Solomon has left The Hill and is now a contributor at Fox News, and he has said that he has plans to start a new media company.

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